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On Saturday, July 18 I returned to the Holston River farm country with David Foy, my retired dentist and now photography buddy. The farmland in Grainger Co., to the west of the River, and Jefferson Co. to the east, is as pristine and beautiful as any farm country I've seen in Tennessee. We spent most of the time just scouting, had lunch at Jessie's Deli on Owl Hole Gap Rd, from which you can see nothing but unspoiled land, and tried to locate some of the incredible 1800s farmhouses I found on previous trips. It felt like the 1950s. The cold front gave us Scotland-like weather; it was something like 72 degrees at noon.

This won't be my last trip there.