The Trophy deer of Hendersonville Tennessee

Residents of Hendersonville Tennessee know full well that there is a healthy population of deer but not many see the elusive big trophy bucks. They are pretty secretive but at certain times of the year can be spotted.
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These three Whitetail Bucks are prime examples of some healthy Deer
I reckon that their isn't any hunters that can hunt on Indian lake peninsula but I bet many would love to!  
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I once saw five of these bad boys at this spot!
If Hendersonville ever softens the hunting regulations and allows bow hunting I would gladly help out with what many residents say is the H'ville deer "problem". ūüôā  

The Simple Joy of a Bike

Back when I was a young teenager in the 1970's I got around town on my trusty 10 speed bicycle. I never thought much about the process of riding or the benefits - I just wanted to get to certain places and that was my mode of transportation. ..   But as I got older and I decided to get to get back into shape the first thing I started doing was riding an old mountain bike on some designated bike trails. And I have been steadily riding for more than the last 10 years.
Years ago a friend was cleaning out his garage and was getting rid of an old mountain bike - I gladly took it off his hands and have been riding it ever since.
Years ago a friend was cleaning out his garage and was getting rid of an old mountain bike - I gladly took it off his hands and have been riding it ever since.
Now when I ride I take in all the natural scenes all around Indian Lake Peninsula where I ride. Good scenery and a good physical work out - It's a good way to start your day and begin your exercise regimen. To me it's nicer than being inside a gym. ...  your outside taking in everything around you.... Going down a hill with the wind in your face makes me feel alive and thankful that I am healthy enough to get out there and do it! , ..... It's kinda funny how something so simple can be so much fun,  .. the simple joy of riding a bike. John
Seeing a trophy whitetail deer is a added bonus when on a bike ride!
Seeing a trophy whitetail deer is a added bonus when on a bike ride!

Tennessee handgun carry permit course at Guns and Leather – Hendersonville,Tn

Just recently went through the Tennessee state mandated course for a permit to carry a handgun at the local gun shop ¬†"Guns and Leather"¬†http://gandlacademy.com/ Was very impressed with there whole operation. Everything from entering the parking lot in the morning to leaving in the afternoon was handled in a professional courteous manner.... The instructor was excellent with blending the required information with his own experience as a law enforcement officer. During the breaks in the class you can window shop¬†in the showroom at a nice large selection of both handguns and rifles. On the lower level is the range where you can buy ammo, get a target and shoot ( either your weapon or you can rent from a selection of nice guns).DSCN5599 All told I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience and I am looking forward to taking more training classes to improve my shooting skills. JohnDSCN5520  

Lock 3 Park, Old Hickory Lake Access – Hendersonville,Tennessee

Looking for a place to swim on a hot summer day? Look no further than Lock 3 park - Old Hickory lake access area off Walton ferry road. As far as I know it's the only "beach" in Hendersonville to swim at. It seems to be lightly used and along with the swim area it has a nice "no frills" boat launch with good fishing close by. As you turn onto lock 3 road it's like going back in time as your going thru a canopy of old trees and to the right some old original cabins and a farm. Then when you emerge your at the park.
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Lock 3 park is a small gem of an area with a nice sandy beach and "primitive" launch for boats.
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There are some trails thru out the park you can explore and a few spots to shore fish .
Many parents of young children like to go there for a few hours of swimming fun. There is also a few picnic tables and grills for cooking. The boat launch never seems to be crowded and you are located on a great part of the lake. One thing to keep in mind is although the swim area is roped off with plastic floating buoys there is no netting on them so.... ¬†it is possible some of the critters from the lake may swim by you ūüôā One negative is as with most parks in Hendersonville there are an abundance of geese that frequent them and the associated mess that they leave after they visit. You and your children need to be really careful where you walk!... ¬†but it is after all a nature park.
The swim area at lock 3 park outside of Nashville,Tennessee
The swim area at lock 3 park outside of Nashville,Tennessee
The boat ramp is a no frills launch which keeps all but serious boaters away
The boat ramp is a no frills launch which keeps all but serious boaters away
Get out there and have some summer fun! John

Cages Bend Campground on Old Hickory Lake just outside Nashville,Tn

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The entrance is on the left of this sign... a little confusing at first.
If your looking for a campground near Nashville one you may consider is Cages Bend Campground located between Hendersonville and Gallatin. ¬†It's right on Old Hickory Lake on a nice point of land with full amenities including a nice launch area for your boat. Beautiful and peaceful , a great place to camp!  
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If you get up early you can enjoy some spectacular sunrises!
 
A view of the lake near the boat ramp
A view of the lake near the boat ramp... Notice the blue heron fishing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There are 43 campsites available with some of them being lakefront. Being that it is so close to Nashville it seems to be pretty popular so I would suggest reservations be made.  Old Hickory Lake is great for fishing.... The World Record Walleye was caught here!                                                      
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This photo shows some of the lakefront campsites available at cages bend campground.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you need a campground close to Nashville ..  this is the one!                                                                                   John

Why Hendersonville Tn ?

When Debbie and I sold our business and personal holdings and decided to move south we went on an extended vacation to visit North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. We were taking a long overdue holiday and also going to pick our new Home base. After awhile we narrowed it down to Charleston, Asheville, and Hendersonville. We chose Hendersonville because of : Old Hickory Lake ( the boat ramp is 1 mile from our house), close proximity to Nashville, affordable housing prices and Tennessee's reputation as a low tax, business friendly state. Also a prerequisite  nearby shopping and dining places, and last but not least a relativity safe place to raise a family.
Working tugboats and barges are a common sight out on Old Hickory and the Cumberland river
Working tugboats and barges are a common sight out on Old Hickory and the Cumberland river                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We ended up moving to Indian lake area. Nice 1 acre lot, affordable older '60s house, quiet and yet 3 miles to streets of Indian lake for shopping and restaurants. Debbie's office is close by and easy to get to Nashville and other places in middle Tennessee .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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While out fishing on Old Hickory Lake I always keep an eye out for nice old pieces of Driftwood.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     John and                                                                                                                                                                                      Debbie   http://debbiemeyers.realtor

A Most Unusual Sight in Hendersonville,Tn

All the way towards the back of the Walton ferry peninsula in Hendersonville,which is just to the northeast of Nashville is a rare thing in today's world; someone who has resisted the chance to cash in by selling their long held business. It's called lakeshore campground with about 15 or so spacious sites. It appears that most campers are there year round so it provides a economical way to be right on the lake.
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A blue heron looking for a meal, sometimes they'll hunt for hours before finally striking and catching a fish
  Years ago I was told by a long time Hendersonville realtor/developer that he had tried to buy the parcel but was repeatedly shot down. He said it was owned by a women who had no use for developers... ¬†Right next to the campground is a development of large houses that extend out and around a nice prominent point into the lake. Directly across the creek is Walton ferry park/ramp and adjacent to that is a mobile home community for seniors that has probably 50 or so homes..... maybe the same women owns both places? ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† John and ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Debbie ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† http://debbiemeyers.realtor¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†cropped-DSCN5371-1.jpg

Walton and Sanders Ferry peninsula , Hendersonville,Tn

DSCN5599This area has everything from beautiful parks and full service marina's with plenty of restaurants and housing from apartments and condo's thru small single family houses up to waterfront estates. The north part is up at main street and sanders ferry road parallels Drakes creek as it flows toward the main stem of the Cumberland river and Old hickory lake. Once on Sanders ferry road just off main street there are gas stations, restaurants, and other small business's then you'll see Mallard point park on the left. It is one of the most busy of the ramps in the area. As you travel down further you'll pass two big full service marina's and then you turn left to stay on sanders ferry road and then you enter sanders ferry park . Which is a huge (several hundred acres) park with the biggest launch pad around.
Shot of sanders ferry road and marina on drakes creek
Shot of sanders ferry road and marina on drakes creek
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View inside sanders ferry park at the end of sanders ferry road.
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Many people over the years have been carving into this tree overlooking Drakes creek
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Good shore fishing spot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Overall there is at least five ramps in this area, and there is even a gas station all the way back in the peninsula.  There is even a retirement trailer park community right along the access road to Walton ferry park and amazingly right across the creek is a campground right next to newer Mc mansions.                                                                                                      
Looking across the creek at Walton ferry park is a longtime campground that has resisted the developers
Looking across the creek at Walton ferry park is a longtime campground that has resisted the developers
There is always plenty of houses for sale in every price range and as you can see you have your choice of a wide variety of options to chose from. This is a much busier peninsula than Indian Lake what with the extra people coming into the restaurants, marina's, and other amenities that are offered here. Still, when you get off the two busy roads it is relativity quiet area..... if you like being close to the action, this is your spot!                                                                                                                                                                         Once again this peninsula allowed for commercial development whereas  Indian lake didn't. John and                                                                                                                         Debbie                                                                                                                           http://debbiemeyers.realtor

Fishing in Hendersonville on Old Hickory Lake , Just outside of Nashville,Tn

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I always gotta chuckle to myself when I see this sign at the ramps. I wonder how many people have driven right into the water? ūüôā
Hendersonville is known as the "city by the lake" because a good bit of Old Hickory lake borders it. There is no less than 9 launch areas that I frequent and they are all free to launch your boat! There is good fishing to be found at all of them, also there is  plenty of opportunity for shore fishing as  most of the boat ramps are in nice parks that the city of Hendersonville maintains.
Sanders ferry park is a huge beautiful park with a nice boat ramp and plenty of access for shore fisherman... this nice point is easily acessable with just a short walk from where you park your car.
Sanders ferry park is a huge beautiful park with a nice boat ramp and plenty of access for shore fisherman... this nice point is easily accessible with just a short walk from where you park your car.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another good shore fishing spot is in the Walton ferry park where there is again plenty of access to the lake and some real big fish have been caught from the shore in the spring!
Looking out from one of my favorite shore fishing spots it's funny to see a heron on a chunk of submerged wood. Seeing Blue Heron is always a good sign that you are in an area where baifish are present
Looking out from one of my favorite shore fishing spots it's funny to see a heron on a chunk of submerged wood. Seeing Blue Heron is always a good sign that you are in an area where baitfish are  present                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If you have a boat you can really increase your fishing success by being able to "hunt"  'em down. Everybody has their favorite parts of Old Hickory, but don't worry, if you are new to the lake you can pick one area at a time and get to know it and you will catch fish!     Spring time is a great time to be on the water as fish move to the shallows to do their annual spawning. Depending on the weather March thru June is 'Prime' time. As summer and hotter weather approaches most fish move to off-shore structure and deeper water. With fishing ,along with other things in life, being at the right place at the right time really pays off and I have had some of my best catches when I can get my lazy tail up real early and be on the water before sun-up!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I'll be going into more detail on the fishing available and also some key features to look for at each part of the lake when i feature each access area individually, But if your new to the area ,  keep it simple , grab some live bait and your favorite rod and reel and get out there and catch some fish!         John                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Kelly Clarkson , Hendersonville,Tn – Nashville and American Idol

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Kelly performing on American Idol
O.K. I admit it I'm an old guy, came up in the '70's, so I was exposed to the greatest music ever made and it takes a good bit to impress me...  but when i saw Kelly Clarkson's performance of her new song "piece by piece" I was blown away. Now, I was always aware of Kelly's super success after idol but after seeing her on the last season of American Idol and learning of her back story I gotta say this : I Love Me Some Kelly Clarkson!
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When Debbie told me the story of this denim outfit worn (and made) by Kelly on her idol audition I was blown away. Had me thinking this could be a song to rival Dolly's "coat of many colors"
Her struggles and challenges are all part of who she is and her success is a great thing.....  I often fish within sight of her house here on Old Hickory lake and one day as I was launching my old bass boat at the neighborhood ramp I encountered a fella who was putting in his Ski boat along with his young kids. I really didn't pay much attention to what he was doing, but he was in front of me preparing to put in and must have had something slowing him down, so he politely pulled around behind me to let me go first. As I put in,I thought to myself wow that is a very aware and nice gesture. As I went to my first fishing spot I noticed the ski boat going over to the pier at Kelly's house and then I figured it out that it was Kelly's husband Brandon....  So..  Not only am I a fan of Kelly's but also of Brandon.                                                                                                              cropped-cropped-DSCN5371-1.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Thanks,                                                                                                                      John  and                                                                                                            Debbie      http://debbiemeyers.realtor
Working tugboats and barges are a common sight out on Old Hickory and the Cumberland river
Working tugboats and barges are a common sight out on Old Hickory and the Cumberland river
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