Sunday, March 12, 2017
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.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Ten hikers hiked the 8.0 mile Millennium and Merritt Trails at Edgar Evins State Park. It was a sunny day for a hike in this beautiful park. We had hikers from the Plateau, East Tennessee and Upper Cumberland chapters to join us. We saw lots of early spring wildflowers along the way – cutleaf toothwort, anemone, spring beauties, bloodroot and trillium. We were pleasantly surprised at the abundance of wildflowers. The trail can be challenging, but has awesome views of the lake and Center Hill Dam. We enjoyed lunch on the shoreline rocks. Hikers were Pete Broehl, Roy Duncan, Cheryl Heckler, Craig McBride, Lora McBride, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi, Pat Serio, Marcy Tucker and Wayne Yancey.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
We had twelve hikers on the hike. We first went to Laurel Falls, just a short distance from the Stone Door ranger station. After seeing the falls we started on the Stone Door trail and spent a few minutes at the overlook before descending through the Stone Door. We hiked the Big Creek Gulf trail to Ranger Falls where we had our lunch. The falls were absolutely stunning and it’s amazing how the water drops 30 ft. and disappears into a wide sink. Crossing Ranger Creek to get the falls was a challenge on the slippery rocks, but everyone made it across fine. It was a beautiful hike along Ranger Creek and we passed a smaller (unnamed) waterfall after leaving Ranger Falls. After discussion about the boulder hopping during the descent getting to the falls, we decided to continue on the gulf trail and take the easier Laurel Trail back to the ranger station. The ascent out of the gorge was challenging and we had a half mile straight up to get to the junction at the Alum Gap campsite. What was supposed to a 7 mile hike turned out to be 9.3 miles. The weather was perfect so I think the hikers were okay with the extra mileage.
Hikers were: Cindy Cliché, Roy Duncan, Ann Ford, Michael Glennon (Highland Rim), Carolyn Johnston, Marrie Lasater, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet (Highland Rim), Janet Przireubel (Chattanooga), Jan Safavi, Pat Thomas, and Wayne Yancey.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
This was our 15th annual Chilly Chili hike with the Highland Rim chapter. There were over 40 hikers who met at the trailhead parking lot at 41A in Sewanee. We started out on the graveled Goat Mountain Trail for a short distance and turned into the Lake Dimmick Trail. This trail took us on a flat and easy hike to beautiful Lake Dimmick. After getting to the lake, we took a short break and enjoyed the company of other hikers. Then we hiked back to the trailhead and departed for Jim and Marietta Poteet’s Monteagle home in the Clifftops community. We enjoyed homemade chili and lots of desserts and side items. Carpooling from Murfreesboro were Bill Ford, Bob Goodwin, Ann Jacobs, Sandra Parker, Sara Pollard and Nabil Wakid.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Sara Pollard led an 11 mile hike on the Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park. The morning started off foggy, but by 10;00am the fog was gone and we could see beautiful views of Percy Priest Lake.
We hiked 5.5 miles to the backcountry campsite and had lunch at Campsite #1. There is very little elevation change on this trail, and it’s well marked. Temps were in the 60’s and we saw two deer along the way. Hikers were Ann Ford, Cindy Leech, Sara Pollard and Jan Safavi.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Happy New Year! We had Sara Pollard, Nabil Wakid, Renee Barr, Hilda Vaughan, Fount and Anna Bertram from the Murfreesboro TTA Chapter as well as a few others from different TTA chapters.
We all had a great First Day Hike to celebrate the New Year. The weather was dreary and misty and may have contributed to the low numbers, but we still had a good turnout with 28 people coming to hike and eat. Thank you for hiking with us, and we hope to see you all in the coming year!
Friday, December 16, 2016
We had about 30 members and their guests at our annual Christmas party at Barfield Crescent Park. It was great seeing everyone. A few of us exchanged “Silly Santa” gifts that was fun. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. The members surprised chapter chair Sara Pollard with a Christmas gift to show their appreciation and signed a poster that Anna and Fount provided. The poster had a picture of Santa Claus walking through snow carrying a backpack with a small Christmas tree in it and using a walking stick. Anna wrote beneath the picture: Santa…the original backpacker (ho ho ho!).