We had a small group but couldn’t ask for more perfect weather. We started from Ward Chapel Boat Ramp on Normandy Lake. We paddled to Crumptin Creek to see four waterfalls flowing into the lake. The water was so smooth it looked like glass. We had a short portage across a gravel barge between signposts #4 and #5. We saw ducks and a beautiful heron. Paddlers were Joe Campbell, Joan Hartvigsen, and Sara Pollard.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
We had a total of five hikers and had a great hike! The trail was beautiful, well marked and maintained. There were fallen trees but had been cleared from the trails. In some places, you could still smell the sawdust where fallen trees had been cut away from the trail. Hikers met at the Lake Cheston parking lot and began the hike at Roark’s Cove road. Lunch was enjoyed on the picnic tables at Kings Farm. Hikers were Cathleen Close, Joan Hartvigsen, Celia Jeffery, Debra Swaim and Ruth Wells.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
We had a small group but it was still a fun weekend paddling on Tims Ford Lake. We camped on Devils Step Island Friday and Saturday night. Friday evening to enjoy the full moon, we paddled around Devils Step Island. The next morning Judy Fries from Cookeville met us to paddle to Maple Bend and around Goose Island. We had dinner Saturday evening at the Twin Creeks Marina restaurant. After dinner we paddled around the Fairview campground which was packed with RV's. There was plenty of wood to gather so we enjoyed small campfires in the evenings and mornings. We shared the island with an armadillo who may be the same one we saw the last time we camped on the island. Campers were Sara Pollard, Jean Breuer, and Joan Hartvigsen.
Sunday, August 4, 2019
We had 10 hikers for the Sunday afternoon hike to Greeter Falls, Boardtree Falls and the Big Bluff Overlook. Even though the weather report was predicting isolated thunderstorms, we didn’t encounter any until the drive home. The sun stayed behind the clouds so it made the temperature seem cooler. The pools of water at Lower Greeter Falls and the Blue Hole were not clear and were very deep. This was a joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. Hikers were Sara Pollard, David McGovern, Tony Jones, Juliet Cordova, Ann Ford, Joan Hartvigsen, Tom Hartvigsen, Marietta Poteet, Celia from Sewanee, and Pete Broehl of the Upper Cumberland chapter.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Saturday July 22, nine brave souls left the Manson Pike trailhead for a three hour tour....oops, wrong show.
The Stones River float on 6/22 was a crazy three mile adventure. The float started with just a sprinkle of rain and the rest was smooth sailing until the first waterfall, and yes, it was a waterfall. We had a few join the kayak flip club but we all had to empty our boats. The second big waterfall was just a few feet from the first so we walked them around the grassy area to get to the other side...cheating a little bit I know but none of us were really prepared for a little version of the HIWASSEE river.
All in all a fantastic float and everyone had a wonderful time...and yes, Sara Pollard, who had never flipped a kayak...finally joined the club.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Saturday June 15 we had a great trip to Window Cliffs State Natural Area. The 5.5 mile hike was complete with 18 creek crossings...some pretty deep, some low, some dry but we all got wet.
It was a great crowd and a great hike.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Nine members came out on National Trails Day to help with the re-route of the Rocky Path trail at Barfield Park. This is necessary because of the new mountain bike trail that crosses the hiking trail. Parks & Rec employee John Rupar guided us and we were able to move some large rocks around to close in some gaps. The Rocky Path is currently closed but John expects it to be back open the middle of June.
We really appreciate members who helped: Jay Brain, Mike Griffin, Tony Jones, David McGovern, Sara Pollard, Kathi Reagh, Georganne Ross, Jan Safavi, and Wayne Yancey.