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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Frozen Head State Park - Jan

The Murfreesboro and Highland Rim chapters enjoyed a weekend of camping and hiking at Frozen Head State Park. Most of us camped Fri. and Sat. at a group site in the campground-Jan Safavi, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet, Joni Perrine, Joan Harvigsen and Jennifer Zahn-Doug King joined us bright and early Sat. morning for our hike up Bird Mountain.  We had great weather and as we ascended Bird Mtn. via the Lookout Tower W. Trail, the temperatures cooled and a breeze was most welcome. We turned onto the the Cumberland Trail and headed up the mountain to the back country campsite.  The campsite was perfect for lunch, right on top of the ridge with a nice wooden lunch table and benches made of logs-again the breeze never let up on top of the mtn. and made it very comfortable. The next land mark was Castle Rock and it certainly lives up to it's name!  Circling the huge stone fortress, we made a left off the CT-heading  back down to the campground via the Bird Mtn. trail.  Total miles was around 8 so we weren't quite satisfied since we were back at camp too early to pig out for dinner!  So we walked/hiked over to Debord Falls-right down the road from the campsite.  Playing in that cool water was a bonus and so worth it!

You never know who you might meet on the trail and we met a couple of fellow TTA hikers on the way back to camp, who joined us for dinner in Wartburg at El Patron's for a well deserved Mexican feast! Add in a camp fire and it's pretty much the end of a perfect day, except for the rustling of storm winds approaching.....

We planned to hike on Sunday, but the weather was turning sour-guaranteeing a wet night and wet tents-good possibility of storms while hiking. So we decided to leave in the morning and explore another time. Old Mac trail will be there for the next adventure. So many trails......

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fiery Gizzard - Sara

We had 8 hikers May 13 to thru hike from Foster Falls to the Grundy Forest State Natural Area picnic area. It was 13.5 miles total because we took the spur trail to have a break at Raven’s Point.  We had lunch near a small waterfall right before you get to the old moonshine stills. We hiked the 2 miles rerouted section of the Fiery Gizzard and it is absolutely beautiful. A lot of stone steps were brought in to make it easier to get through all the rocks and steepness of the terrain.  Since we’ve had so much rain lately, the creeks were running and there were waterfalls everywhere. Hikers were: Jean Breuer, Carolyn Fitz, Ann Ford, Michael Glennon, Betty Magee, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet, and Sal Zanca.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Taylor Hollow - Jan

We had a small group of hikers enjoy the spring wildflower show at Taylor Hollow today.  This is a unique area in Sumner County owned by the Nature Conservancy.  You need permission to enter the site, but the extra effort is well worth it. 

April is a stunning succession of bloom in this area.  Last weekend the Blue Eyed Marys were at their peak-just waves of them along the banks of the creek.  This weekend the "Marys" were a bit past their prime, but still showy along with larkspur, Jack in the Pulpit, Wild Hyacinths, Dwarf Crested Iris, Celandine Poppies and a new one for me-what I think is Guyandotte Beauty.  A large fine group of Shooting Stars was still hanging on in the warmth and of course the ferns and trilliums are always stealing the show.  

We took our time and enjoyed the warm sunshine and slight breeze.  Along were: Patty and Geoff Hull, Bruce Harvey, Jennifer Zahn, Doug Burroughs, Dianna Richler and myself, Jan Safavi.  This area is one of the best in terms of variety and rare types of spring wildflowers.  Hopefully we'll be back next year to enjoy it all over again.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Black Mountain - Sara

We had 6 hikers on the Good Friday hike at Black Mountain in Crossville. We started our hike at the southern terminus trailhead on Highway 68 and hiked to the top. At the top we hiked the loop trail with views of Grassy Cove and Crab Orchard. We saw lots of climbers at the top and a few wildflowers along the trail.  The trail is well marked but it was a hot day for hiking. We were able to get some cool water from the stone springhouse near the trailhead kiosk. This springhouse was used by the people living in the area years ago as a source of water and to keep food from spoiling. 

Hikers were Jean Breuer, Ann Jacobs, Doug King, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi and Jennifer Zahn.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Shakerag Hollow Hike - Jan

Sewanee Tennessee.

We had 4 hikers: Jan, Joni, Gary and Silvia.  The day was absolutely stellar for a wildflower hike and the hollow did not disappoint.  We hiked and flower gazed from the University gates to Green’s View through Shakerag and back by Beckwith’s point and the golf course.  After that, a couple of us went out to enjoy the view at Piney Point.  The flowers were spectacular and we saw Dutchman’s Britches, Phacelia, Larkspur, Poppies and lots of white trilliums.  Every rock seemed to be covered in purple blooms!  We spied one early Jack in the Pulpit just emerging from the leaves.  We were thankful to several knowledgeable folks along the way-who helped us identify the flowers and please forgive me if I’ve taken liberty with the exact names.  This is truly a magical place in spring time.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Daddy's Creek - Jan

Daddy’s Creek Hike March 18th-new section of the Cumberland Trail near Crab Orchard, TN.  

We had a beautiful day to hike and this new trail was really a perfect pick for a day in woods.  Lots of water in the feeder streams made a lovely sound as we walked from the southern access point off of Hebbertsburg Road through to the East Keyes Road access.  This was 7.5 miles and a perfect way to spend a spring day.  The overlook at Daddy’s Creek provided a nice view since the foliage is yet to emerge, but spring wildflowers were starting to sneak up through the leaf cover.  We lunched at the overlook and also took a well deserved rest at the back woods campsite right on the creek.  We saw one sleepy black snake crossing the trail-no doubt as happy as we were for the warmer weather.  

Six hikers were along for the day-Jan Safavi, Doug King, Jennifer Zahn, Lillian Ey, Carolyn Reeves and Marnell C.  Hope to do this trail again soon.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Frozen Head State Park - Wayne

Overnight backpack to Frozen Head State park with Pete, Margaret, Jean and Sara. The weather was great on Friday, but turned cold by Saturday morning, so we hiked almost all of the distance planned including lunch at Bird Mtn campsite. I really like this park, but a ways from home.