Around 3:30, the Ocoee recedes over the course of a couple hours as the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dam no. 3 diverts millions of gallons of water from a four mile stretch engineered in 1996 for “the world’s first Olympic whitewater event on a natural river” (USDA Forest Service). This isn’t what they had in mind.
The Zen practice of stone stacking brings mindful awareness to balance, weight, texture and shape.
Resident trail guides Buster and Dixie collect stones from the stream, often carrying them great distances. Buster greeted the sculptures with growls and barks as the fur on his shoulders stood straight up.