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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stones River National Battlefield

We had nine people come out for the Stones River Battlefield hike this past Saturday. Jay Brain (new member), Ann Ford, Nabil Wakid, Bob Goodwin, Sandra Parker, Jan Safavi, Joan Bently, Colleen Mathis (out of town visitor), and Jennifer Zahn. We had perfect 71 degree weather to hike the 3 plus mile Boundary Trail. This trail winds through the wooded part of the battlefield, so we enjoyed the lush green foliage and saw numerous wild flowers. A good time was had by all.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hiwassee River

Joan set up another great trip for the TTA. We met at the Gee Creek campground on the Hiwassee River. We got camp set up and then headed up to Reliance to put in at the boat ramp next to Hiwassee Outfitters. We had thirteen kayaks and two canoes. It was a beautiful river ride with a few rapids to make it interesting. Paolo entertained us by flipping over after hitting a rock. It took a while to get him back in the boat with the strong current.  Later on Dick and Debbie entertained us getting caught up in the trees. Lost paddle and Maui Jim sunglasses sacrificed to the river. We got the paddle back. The boat ramp is hidden with a quick current that led to a fast paced ending to our trip.
We had quite the spread for a potluck dinner that night with more people arriving. Lots of visiting around the campfire that night.

Day Two:
We got up and prepped for our trip today. We were leaving the campground boat ramp and going to the Dentville road bridge. We were waiting on them to start generating power so the river would come up. It kept getting later and later. Finally we just went and it worked out OK. Another wonderful section to float. Our entertainment for today was the pop up thunderstorm. God blessed us with a boat house and a friendly home owner. There were boats in the house, under the dock, and along the river side. The storm dumped about three inches in twenty minutes knocking down limbs from trees all around us. After it stopped and we bailed out the water, we continued our trip. Another great day.

Day Three:

Today the plan was to paddle Parksville lake. We put in at the Parksville lake boat ramp, losing one of our people on the way there. Sorry Paolo! We paddled across the lake heading towards the inlets. A juvenile eagle perched in a tree got out attention for a few minutes. Joan led us to the church camp area that we found last summer, so we had a pretty shaded grassy area to eat our lunch and get a swim in. Today was sunny and hot, making up for the storm yesterday. We paddled back and loaded up our kayaks and headed home. What a great weekend!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chapter Picnic 2017

We had a good turnout for the annual picnic at Barfield Park. Hazel and Lindsey Smith cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for us and we had plenty of sides and desserts.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

National Trails Day- Barfield Park - Sara

There were 7 hardy souls who came out today to work on the 1 mile Rocky Path Trail at Barfield Crescent Park. We split up into two groups and met in the middle to complete the maintenance work. We cut back limbs over the trail, pulled weeds and met some hikers who appreciated us being there. It was hot and we were really glad to get finished at 11:00 am.

I took a “before” picture of the group before we started, but didn’t take an “after” picture. We were hot, sweaty and ready to get home for showers. I took a picture of a pretty columbine flower along the trail.

Thanks to all who came out today:  Terry Dickerson (new chapter member), Katy Ginanni, Mary Belle Ginanni, Rene Jacobs, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi, and Jennifer Zahn.

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.