Sunday, November 12, 2017
I met Joni Perrine of the Nashville chapter at the Timberland Park in Franklin for the Sunday, November 12 hike scheduled. I think the weather might have kept folks away, but the day was cloudy and comfortable for a hike. We started out on the Nancy Conway trail and went to the end on private property to a pond and to an unusual looking greenhouse. The staff in the interpretative center told us hikers have permission from the landowner to hike on the property to the pond. Then we hiked Still Hollow, Ravine Ridge, Inman Hollow and finished up on the East Perimeter Trail. After lunch at a picnic table on the ADA trail and to the overlook, we headed home. It's a beautiful park and well marked. There are some hills which surprised me, but PLENTY of benches along the way if hikers want to take a break.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
The original plan was to hike at Cumberland Mountain State Park, but the rain was not going to let up and since Wayne Yancey and I were the only hikers to sign up from Murfreesboro, we decided to join the Highland Rim group and hike the 13 mile Collins West loop. Lora McBride from the Soddy Daisy chapter had signed up too, but was flexible to change the hike to join the Highland Rim chapter as well.
Our hike was cut short at 3 miles because we couldn't cross the Collins River. But the Suter and Horsepound Falls were beautiful and well worth the trip there.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
If you didn’t attend last weekend’s TTA Annual Meeting at the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle, you missed a fun weekend. We had 135 to attend – a small group, but a great opportunity to hike with folks from across the state and get to know each other.
A BIG thank you to the following volunteers:
Mona & James Herring – # 1 Volunteers and coming early - Registration table and getting everything set up. They worked really hard getting the name badges ready and keeping early arrivals at bay.
Geoff & Patty Hull – Registration table and taking care of the “walk ups” and to get the information to the Dubose staff. Everyone appreciated your friendly faces.
Jennifer Zahn – Registration table and taking up meal tickets. She was a big help keeping the money straight!
Tony Jones – putting up the directional TTA yard signs and taking them down. Also taking up meal tickets and leading a Stone Door hike Saturday.
Jan Safavi – designing the conference program, name badges and leading hikes and .
Bruce Harvey – helping out with the bake sale and keeping it organized.
Nabil Wakid – leading a hike on the Grundy Forest Day Loop for the annual meeting.
Ron Dunn – Registration table and taking up meal tickets. He also attended the TTA board meeting which everyone should experience. Members can attend anytime!
Ann Jacobs - processing registrations and making trips to the bank for deposits.
Mary Belle Ginanni – last but not least - Mary Belle was the “floater” who stayed back to take care of things while we were out hiking. She worked registration, took up meal tickets, kept an eye on the bake sale items, and did whatever needed to be done. She kept it all together!
Also thanks for the support from our chapter members who attended the annual meeting:
Joan Bentley, Jean Breuer, Ann Ford, Valerie Galan, Ellen Omohundro and Judith Rusciolelli
Saturday, September 30, 2017
We met the new Barfield Park trail coordinator Tom Sage at and he had suggestions for working on the trail. We started on the paved trail leaving from the Wilderness Station and went along the red blazed trail along the river. We cut back weeds growing over the trail and came across a fallen tree across the trail. A chainsaw would have worked in minutes, but we didn’t have one.
Wayne had brought along a bow saw and he and Nabil took turns cutting the tree. Finally after patience and hard work, we were able to remove the tree from across the trail. We made our way back to the Wilderness Station on the red blazed trail. Workers were Sara Pollard, Nabil Wakid and Wayne Yancey.
Friday, September 8, 2017
The weather was perfect for this joint event with the Highland Rim chapter. We paddled night after dark to the Fairview campground and then around Devils Step Island. There were lots of stars out but we never saw the full moon until later sitting around our campfire.
morning we paddled to Maple Bend Island to take a break and then paddled down Owl Hollow Creek. We returned to Maple Bend Island for lunch and after lunch paddled around Goose Island. We returned to our campsite later in the day and drove to the Blue Gill Marina for dinner at the dockside restaurant. Mary Etta Ward, chapter chair for Highland Rim joined us for dinner.
morning we paddled for a couple of hours toward Winchester Park. Three of us camped on Devils Step Island (with an armadillo) and the others stayed in the Fairview campground. Participants were Jean Breur of Franklin, Joan Hartvigsen of the Highland Rim chapter and from Murfreesboro Julie Cordova, Tony Jones, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi and Jennifer Zahn.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Finally completed a Window Cliffs hike with the Tennessee Trails Association. Nice weather, and a very nice hike.Window Cliffs is located in Baxter, Tennessee next to Burgess Falls State Park. It is 2.75 miles back to the Cliffs and then 2.75 miles back out. You have to cross 9 creeks twice for a total of 18 creek crossings. All of them are provided with cables to help keep your balance.