Meeting times

Monthly Meetings : 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT, Barfield-Crescent Park's Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Tim's Ford Lake Camping/ Kayaking-Sara

Tims Ford Lake Camping and Kayaking. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. We camped on Little Island near the Tims Ford Dam boat ramp. Friday evening we paddled in the dark around Big Island. Saturday we  paddled to  Ray Branch Peninsula for lunch and took a short hike on the Evans Loop Trail to check out the Tims Ford State Park backcountry campsite. We enjoyed dinner Saturday evening at the new Twin Creeks Marina  Restaurant.  Four ladies from 4 TTA chapters -  Jean Breuer (Nashvhlle), Joan Hartsvigsen (Highland Rim)  Lora McBride (Soddy Daisy) and Sara Pollard (Murfreesboro).


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Normandy Lake - Tony

Association's Murfreesboro and Highland Rim chapters enjoyed a great float on the Normandy Lake in Normandy, Tennessee.
The small but beautiful tree lined lake has waterfalls in small inlets and quiet homes on its shores.
Such a beautiful place!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hiwassee River 2018 - Tony

The Highland Rim chapter hosted a camping, hiking, and kayaking weekend at Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park in Delano, TN.
Friday we used our own kayaks and floated a portion of the Hiwassee River and had a wonderful potluck on Friday night.
Saturday started with a 3 mile hike in the Cherokee National Forest to a great waterfall and then we took "Duckies" (inflatable kayaks) down the whitewater portion of the Hiwassee. Another potluck Saturday night and then Sunday, some went home, some paddled in their own boats a calmer stretch of the Ocoee and others did the whitewater Ocoee float.

It was a wonderful weekend for all involved and many thanks to Joan Hartvigsen who put this whole thing together without a hitch!

We had people from Nashville, Tullahoma, Winchester, Murfreesboro,  Chattanooga , Memphis, Gallatin and Crossville and even one as far away as Indiana on this trip.
Great gang!


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Buggy Top - Sara

This hike was "rain or shine" because of the unpredictable weather lately and I'm glad I didn't cancel it. It rained on the way to the trailhead, but once we got to Sewanee the rain had stopped. The rocks and roots were slippery on the trail so we had to be extra careful. From Murfreesboro, hikers were Jill Cutler, Sara Pollard, Amy Sutton (Nashville chapter), and Wayne Yancey. Jane Ellett (Soddy Daisy), Debbie Wilder and Pete Broehl (Upper Cumberland) met us at the trailhead. We hiked first to Peter Cave and had a break while Amy, Jane and Pete explored the cave. Then we headed to Buggytop Cave and had a challenging descent to the cave entrance. It was especially slippery because there was so much mud on our boots. We didn't get off the trail until around 1:30 pm and  since we were hungry  it was decided to head over to Shenanigans for lunch and visit the Natural Bridge another time. It was a great hike and saw lots of pretty wildflowers.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Normandy Lake Kayak Paddle - Sara

We had 12 kayakers to paddle Normandy Lake in Manchester. It was a beautiful day and we started our paddle at Ward's Chapel Boat Ramp. We paddled down Crumpton Creek and saw waterfalls along the way. There weren't a lot of boaters on the lake so it was a relaxing float. Those attending were Jean Breuer, Cathy Conley​,  Julia Cordover, Judy Fries, Joan Hartvigsen, Tony Jones, Molly Mann, Dick McClure, Sara Pollard, Georganne Ross, Jan Safavi and Wayne Yancey. 


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cumberland Caverns - Tony

We had 14 brave spelunkers traverse the wilds of Cumberland Caverns... actually we were upright the whole time in the commercially lighted part, but it's fun to dream about the dark wilds anyway.
Fourteen of us from three chapters joined a few others for a wonderfully air conditioned hike in the cave. We all assembled as a group at Applebee's in McMinnville for lunch afterward.
I believe a good time was had by all, lots of laughter and smiles. It was a wonderful day!


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Cedars of Lebanon - Sara

Jeanne Conatser led a 5 mile hike on the Hidden Springs trail at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. She was joined by Sara Kennedy and Sara Pollard. We saw lots of wildflowers and the pretty yellow flower called St. John's Wort was everywhere. There were numerous sink holes and cedar glades which made for an interesting hike.