An early morning took us to Beersheba Springs after an hour long car ride I mostly slept through. We parked our vans at a Methodist convention center with a wonderful overlook.
The View from the Methodist Center overlook.
Professor McGrath sparked a discussion about the founding of Beersheba Springs and the University of the South to start our morning of learning. The discussion included exploring modern industries that are lucrative, but harmful to most people, such as drug trafficking, compared to slavery and how that financed the creation of the University of the South. We marched down the road after that discussion to a medical clinic.\
Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic sign.
The free clinic in Beersheba Springs is funded only on donations and volunteerism from doctors. Run by a physician’s assistant, the free clinic focuses mostly on health maintenance of the inhabitants of Beersheba Springs. Larger problems that plague this rural area such as Diabetes and Hypertension are treated at the free clinic. This is an insightful and efficient way to use the resources at hand in Beersheba Springs. Controlled substances and Narcotic painkillers are not prescribed at this free clinic to also help deal with the addict problems experienced by residents of this area. This free clinic really tries to provide the best care it can to people in this area by focusing on immediate needs and teaching to provide long lasting care.
A patient’s room in the Medical Clinic.
After that we visited the house of Bishop Otey, who assisted in the founding of the University of the South. Otey’s house is now a gift shop and has previously been a boarding house. We took a van from Otey’s house to the Stone Door. Only a short hike from the parking lot, the Stone Door is actually more like a staircase. We stopped below the Door to write. Many thoughts raced through my head as I sat on a rock in the wilderness. I reflected on my scouting experiences in a 3-page journal before we went back to the vans. After a short stop at the Bakery and Heritage Center in Tracy City, we went back to campus to end our day. It was wonderful to finally get out into nature and start really thinking about this experience and finding our place. Writing at the Stone Door brought me back to a time when I really felt at home in the wilderness. Recounting those experiences allowed me to travel to a wonderful time in my life.