Friday, December 27, 2013

GPS Exercise

Larry Hill and Don Deakins headed off to Prentice Cooper State Forest for some practice navigating through open woods using GPS for guidance. We began and ended our hike at Davis Pond. After entering coordinates into Larry's GPS receiver for three stops along our planned route, we pointed ourselves in the direction of Natural Bridge and began walking through open woods while relying on GPS to keep us on course. At Natural Bridge, we stopped for a snack and explored underneath the bridge before resuming the hike. The next leg consisted of about one mile on Cumberland Trail to a footbridge where we again left the trail and let GPS guide us back to Davis Pond. Hiking through open woods is fun. We will be doing this again soon.

Group photo at Davis Pond

Larry leads the way to Natural Bridge

Underneath Natural Bridge

Friday, December 20, 2013

Black Mtn Video

This Cumberland Trail video encompasses Black Mountain Loop and the western side of Black Mountain Trail which are part of the Grassy Cove segment. Thanks to hikers Bob DeHart, Shauna Wilson, Teresa Jordan, and Mark Jordan.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Big Soddy Creek

Last week we let Deep Creek turn us back but this week Larry Hill, Judy Varner, TC Varner, and Don Deakins were determined to get to Big Soddy Creek and check out the bridge construction site. Conditions at Deep Creek were no better today than a week ago. The temporary bridge which was destroyed by falling trees is permanently out of commission and the permanent bridge still under construction remains untouched. We did however find a way across which requires excellent balance and nerves of steel. Sure will be much more convenient and much safer when the Deep Creek Bridge is complete.

The photos include one picture of an abandoned dog with four pups that need a home. If you know someone that would like a new pet, let me know and we will try to make these homeless dogs a little more comfortable with regular food and water.

Don's photos

Group photo on Big Soddy Creek

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Deep Creek

Our plans were to cross Deep Creek and hike over to Big Soddy Bridge construction site but Deep Creek flow was a little too swift and deep to wade across and the broken down temporary bridge had frost on it making it too slippery to even think about walking across. We did hike upstream looking for a suitable place to cross but that proved fruitless. Some of the state crew along with about 6 volunteers were working on clearing up the downed trees at the Deep Creek bridge site and rerouting the trail to the new Deep Creek Bridge which is planned to be complete by January 1st. Maybe this will be the last time we are turned back by Deep Creek.

Don's photos

Group photo above Deep Creek