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!).
Friday, November 25, 2016
There were 15 hikers who participated in the annual After Thanksgiving Hike at Old Stone Fort. This was a joint event with the Highland Rim chapter.
The weather was cool to start, but otherwise a perfect day to hike. We met at the museum to begin our hike along the Old Stone Fort trail, River Fork loop, Backbone, and to the confluence of the Little Duck and Duck Rivers. Hikers from Murfreesboro were James Herring, Mona Herring, Martin Glasser, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi and Nabil Wakid. Anna and Fount Bertram met us for lunch at the J & G Restaurant in Manchester.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
We had 10 hikers to meet us at the Roaring Creek trailhead in Graysville to hike the new McGill Creek segment of the Cumberland Trails. This trail begins left past the kiosk. Don Deakins of the Cumberland Trail Volunteers led us on this 4.5 mile out and back.
After the hike we drove to the Upper Leggett Road trailhead in Sale Creek to begin the Rock Creek Gorge Loop. We had lunch at the Rock Creek overlook but because of the forest fires in the area there was a smoky haze in the gorge. It was a beautiful lunch spot and then we continued on the loop to the Leggett Point overlook. The loop goes along Rock Creek but unfortunately due to the drought the creek and side streams were completely dry. It was still a beautiful day for a hike and the fall leaves were beautiful.
Hikers from our chapter were: Craig McBride, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi, Wayne Yancey, Jennifer Zahn. Lora McBride from the Soddy Daisy chapter joined us as well as Cumberland Trail Volunteers Don Deakins, Carol Deakins, Judy and TC Varner.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
The TTA Annual Meeting October 28-30 hosted by the Jackson and Memphis chapters was a huge success! It was great seeing hikers from across the state.
Participants from our chapter were James & Mona Herring, Larry & Edie McFarlin, Craig Perkins, Jan Safavi, Hilda Vaughan, and Jennifer Zahn.
I hiked afternoon about 4 miles in the Shiloh National Park. We saw the Shiloh landmarks of Bloody Pond, Hornet's Nest and Indian Mounds. Also views of the Tennessee River.
I joined the group hike at Big Hill Pond State Park. I had never been to this park and it's beautiful! The hike was 8 miles around McNatt Lake and we had an almost mile long walk across a boardwalk in Dismal Swamp. We had lunch below the fire tower and some folks climbed the tower for a panoramic view.
I attended the board morning and was unable to attend a hike, but I know some of our members did the Lake Finger Bluff hike north of Mousetail Landing State Park.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Hazel and Lindsey Smith and Fount and Anna Bertram from the Murfreesboro Chapter of TTA were among the 50 participants in the 14th Annual Fall Color Boat Cruise on Center Hill Lake, sponsored by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. The event was Sat., Oct. 29th.