Monday, April 18, 2016
Welch Point Hike - Anna
APRIL 18 WELCH POINT HIKE – It was a perfect spring day for being outdoors and being alive! Although it is possible to drive up close to the overlook we parked about 3 miles away and walked to the point. With only three of us we had a good chance to get acquainted with new TTA member, Bill Ford. By the way, his distance eyesight is phenomenal. Bill had spotted a black bear while it was moving along the bank of the Calfkiller River, quite a distance away. We tried to get pictures but did not have a camera with us that had enough zoom power to record it well. We saw lots of dogwood in full bloom and a nice stand of dwarf iris. We made a short side trip to the small Welch Cemetery where Pvt. Jasper Welch, a Civil War soldier , his wife and family were buried. For those of you who may know Kathleen Williams with the Tennessee Parks and Greenways, these are her people and this was their family land at one time. She was the leader in the campaign to obtain Welch Point for the public as a “Tennessee Treasure” … and it certainly is! From the point you can see ridge after ridge in totally unspoiled, pristine wilderness. It reminds me of some parts of the Smoky Mountains.