Saturday, September 25, 2010

Flipper Bend

Joanne Denise, Jeff Guenther, Earl Helmer, Jane Ellett, Katy Walker, Boodie Fox, Jan Agee, Brandy Selman, Rich Raulston, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins joined Larry Cook and Erin Ouzts of North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy for a maintenance hike at Flipper Bend. Hike began under a light rain but rain stopped before we walked 1/4 mile and, except for a couple of almost undetectable sprinkles, the remainder of the hike was precipitation free. With exception of the short Clear Creek Loop, we completed painting trail markers on the entire 10 miles of the main Flipper Bend Trail, picked up garbage, and removed numerous trail obstructions. Today's work should make it much easier for hikers to find their way around the entire Flipper Bend Loop without getting sidetracked on one of the numerous ATV trails that lace the area.

Slide show of Don's photos

Group photo at Flipper Bend trail head

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hiwassee Island

Earl Helmer and Don Deakins combined hiking and river exploration on a boat trip to Hiwassee Island and the Blythe Ferry Goose Management Area of Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, stopping along the way to visit Bob DeHart who lives on the Tennessee River. After leaving Bob’s place, we continued up the Tennessee River to the Hiwassee River, then went about 1.5 miles up the Hiwassee where we went ashore for lunch at a makeshift boat ramp on the Blythe Ferry Goose Management Area. After lunch we hiked from the boat ramp up a gravel road, having no idea where it would take us. After walking about ¾ of a mile, we discovered we were on the Sandhill crane side of the Hiwassee Refuge Sandhill crane viewing platform which is very popular with birdwatchers in winter months while Sandhill cranes are present. An alternate route back to the boat resulted in an approximate 2 mile hike. We ended the day with a boat ride into the internals of Hiwassee Island which is not only surrounded by water but also laced with waterways.

Hiking in Blythe Ferry Goose Management Area

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rock Creek Loop

Michele Walker, Ed Swanner, Earl Helmer, Judy Varner, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked Rock Creek Loop with a side trip to Leggett Point Overlook. As we made the climb out of Rock Creek Gorge on our way to Leggett Point spur trail, Ed pointed out a shortcut to the overlook. Ed then led us down the shortcut which proved to be a much easier hike than the established trail provides. It would be nice if this shortcut was incorporated into the Rock Creek segment of Cumberland Trail.

Slide show of Don's photos

Group photo on Rock Creek

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pot Point Road

Anna Dennett, Maria Lubkowitz, Judy Varner, TC Varner, Earl Helmer, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins were joined by a few hikers from Chattanooga Hiking Meetup for an excellent day on the trail at Prentice Cooper State Forest. We couldn't have ask for better weather than what Mother Nature served up for our 4 mile hike out Pot Point Road but hot weather is not over so don't store the extra water bottles yet.

Group photo at Davis Pond