Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Painting Blazes

What was once a shortcut from Rock Creek Upper Trailhead to Boiling Spring Bridge and painted with blue blazes was reclassified to main trail a few years ago. Rock Creek Loop was originally the main trail and painted with white blazes to designate it as main trail. Today the colors were changed to match the revised trail classification. Now the loop is painted with blue blazes and the trail between Rock Creek Upper Trailhead and Boiling Spring Bridge is painted with white blazes.

Painting blue blazes on loop trail

Painting white blazes on main trail

Monday, August 14, 2017

4-Wheeling

We did something a little different today. Bob took his Kawasaki Mule and I took my Kawasaki Teryx to Prentice Cooper for a little back road exploration. We covered much more ground and exerted much less energy than hiking these roads. This could become habit forming.

Crossing Mullens Creek

Crossing Mullens Creek

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Prentice Cooper

We had 11 participants today, 8 people and 3 dogs. This hike was only 3.5 miles. The first 2.9 miles were on dirt roads and the last .6 mile on Cumberland Trail. It was a fun hike until the end when an encounter with yellow jackets resulted in the lead hiker getting stung.

Group photo on Maple Branch Road

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wildlife Refuge

We had an enjoyable morning at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. The early morning weather felt almost like October which was invigorating. Apparently deer enjoy cooler weather too as we encountered many along the way including two fawns that let us walk right up to them. We discovered the large west pond has been drained for repair and the smaller east pond remains dry. Sunflower fields in full bloom added color to the landscape.
West pond inlet and outlet

West pond is drained

East pond remains dry

Two brave fawns

One of many sunflower fields


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sand Island

My brother and I picked a good day to paddle out to Sand Island. TVA and TWRA were hauling rip-rap to the island in an effort to stop erosion which is slowly eating away at the shore line. It was noisy so not the place to be if you were looking for peace and quite.

Loading rip-rap onto barge



















Unloading at Sand Island

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Road Walk

We got an early start today and were well down Persimmon Branch Road by 7:30 AM. That allowed us to complete the four mile hike before the scheduled start time of 9:00 AM. These early road hikes have two advantages: beat the heat and no ticks.

Hiking down Persimmon Branch Road

Friday, June 30, 2017

Trail Maintenance

Lonnie, Brianna, Carol, and Don ignored the rain and completed our Graysville Mountain maintenance hike as planned. We were hoping for a break in weather but rain never let up until we were back at the trailhead. Everyone was soaking wet but it felt better than if it had been hot and humid.

Before

After

Group photo at Roaring Creek Trailhead