Monday, October 27, 2014
2014 Annual Meeting
The 2014 annual meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park was another great success. About 150 people were in attendance. There were lots of hikes planed for all the days.
I arrived late for Dinner, but caught the musical entertainment. Lora arrived even later.
Live Musical Entertainment: Claudia Nyguaard Singer, songwriter, and storyteller.
Natchez Trace Parkway:
Twelve of us went hiking on the trace. Amy Sutton and Alice were our fearless leaders. We started at Hwy 7 and went South. Our first stop was the Gordon House Historic site where we walked around the house and then hiked down to the Duck river. From there we headed over to the Baker Bluff overlook for a view. Some of us hiked and the rest drove down to Jackson falls. Our next stop was the Devil's Backbone State Natural Area. Here we hiked a three mile trail which included our lunch stop along a nice creek. After our hike we continued on to Fall Hollow and viewed the many water falls there. Our next stop was Meriwether Lewis monument and visitor center.
We had a great time with some great people and saw lots of stuff.
Back at the park we had a good dinner and then the meeting began. After the meeting they had the auction and then we were entertained by the Nashville Old Time String Band.
Sunday morning I had to go play firefighter and drove to M'Boro in the thick pea soup that covered Hwy 840. Lora stayed so she could hike. She packed up camp and had a quick breakfast at the Inn. Sunday's hike was at Natchez Trace State Park, about an hour drive west from Montgomery Bell. The Cub Lake Trail was the destination. 19 hikers, mostly the Memphis group as this was on their way home. The trail is really pretty even though the State Forest folks have clear cut some of the area along the trail. I don't know why thy can't leave a strip of trees between the trail and where they cut. The leaves were very colorful along the lakeshore. We saw some metal bands by a creek a creek that probably were left by the moonshiners in this area. One of the creek crossings had a nice bridge but one of our more adventurous hikers had to cross on the cables....see pics. After the hike we were driving out of the park and spotted the fire tower. We hoped to climb, but the bottom ladder had been removed, probably to keep curious hikers away. On the drive east, Lora stopped at the Station 3 to visit and had supper with us.