Saturday, September 27, 2008

Savage Gulf

Teresa Jordan, Mark Jordan, Lora Smith, Jan Agee, Brandy Selman, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins made the trip to Savage Gulf. We hit the trail about 10:45 and headed toward Savage Falls, stopping at an old moonshine still site on the way. Due to lack of rain, flow over falls was little more than could be flowed thru a garden hose. After a break and photo session below the falls, we toured Savage Falls Campsite and proceeded to Rattlesnake Point on the Day Loop Trail. Took a lunch break at Rattlesnake Point, completed the Day Loop Trail, and returned to the parking area at the ranger station. Total time was 3 hours 45 minutes. Total distance was about 5.25 to 5.5 miles.

On the rocks at Savage Falls

Suspension bridge near Savage Falls

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Big Possum Creek Bridge Complete

Big Possum Creek Bridge was completed on 24 September 2008 and is now ready for hikers.

6 photo slide show of completed bridge

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Big Possum Creek Bridge Nears Completion

Mike White, Carla Hilling, Caroline Woerner, Jan Agee, Brandy Selman, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked to Big Possum Creek bridge site to observe and participate in construction activities. Work was progressing rapidly at day's end, and if present rate of progress continues, bridge will be ready for use within next two days. Hikers should be dusting off equipment and planning a trip that includes Possum Gorge.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Multi Chapter Hike

Weather on this hike was far from optimum... temperature was high and the humidity was higher. Despite unfavorable conditions, this far ranging crowd from all over middle and east Tennessee was able to tour areas of destruction caused by rock mining and still complete the hike in allotted time. Thanks to Tony and Millette Jones for organizing an excellent event.

Most of the 37 participants

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Impromptu Hike To Imodium Falls

A phone call from Brandy Selman suggesting a hike to Little Possum Creek Falls in Possum Gorge turned what was destined to be another dull Sunday into a fun filled day. Brandy, Jan, Carol, and I loaded up and drove to Retro Hughes trailhead, dropping off one vehicle near hike destination on Bowater property about .3 miles (as the crow flies) from Little Possum Creek Falls.

Even during periods of low flow and low pool, Little Possum Creek Falls is a worthwhile trip. The beauty and awe of this natural attraction cannot be captured in a photograph and must be experienced in person.

Jan and Brandy have seen these falls at high flow but Carol and I have not, therefore, this group of four is planning a return visit during the rainy season. Anyone want to join us?

Taking a break at Little Possum Creek Falls

Little Possum Creek Falls at low flow and low pool

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Laurel Falls

One objective of today’s hike was to obtain a good picture of Laurel Falls for the Cumberland Trail website. Unfortunately, flow over falls was extremely low. We will make another Laurel Falls photograph attempt at a later date. Although the Laurel Falls photographic opportunity did not present itself, we were successful in completing a 4.6 mile hike plus a side trip to the old Dayton reservoir. Trail maintenance was also performed and Mike White gave his Hasselblad film camera a work out in an attempt to capture the bountiful beauty of nature. Participants of today’s hike were: Mark Jordan, Caroline Woerner, George Bonneau, Nancy Ladd, Mike White, Brandy Selman, Jan Agee, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins.

Slide show of Don's pictures

2 photographs by Mike White

This 1 Mar 08 photo depicts stream flow we had hoped to find

Mike puts Hasselblad to work

Mike and Hasselblad shooting nature photo

George lost battle with trail obstruction, has wounds to prove it

Not shown is Mark Jordan who arrived after photo was made

Caroline uses bow saw to remove tree from trail

Nancy looks for and finds fish

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bridge Construction Day 6

Preliminary work on south side of Big Possum Creek was completed today. The site is now ready for installation of the bridge which will be delivered in a few weeks.

View of south side foundation from north side of creek

Freshly poured concrete on south side. This foundation is complete with exception of bridge attachment lumber which will be installed after concrete has cured.

Previously completed foundation on north side of creek