Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paddling and Fishing

Bob DeHart, Judy Varner, TC Varner, and Don Deakins took our little boats to Hiwassee Island and Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for some paddling and fishing. It was extremely foggy under overcast skies with no wind which made it perfect for fishing. We only caught five but it was still an excellent day on the water because we did more fishing and less paddling.

Don's photos

Fishing on Hiwassee River

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yellow Jackets!!

Today was a near repeat of our August 15, 2012 encounter with yellow jackets. We walked into a nest of yellow jackets on the trail and apparently they were angry. Carol was stung seven times and I received four. Fortunately for Bob, he was a short distance behind us and saw what was happening. He backed up a took a long detour around the nest but not without getting nailed once on the arm. This nest is on the section of trail between Perkins Point and Big Possum Creek Bridge, about 300 or 400 feet up the trail from where it intersects the old coal mining road.

We encountered another yellow jacket nest atop Bare Point. This one had been dug up, probably by a skunk, and was full of bees but fortunately they didn't attack. Looks like we will either have to wait on cold weather before hiking again or wear bee suits while on the trail.

Group photo at Little Possum South Campsite

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Soddy Lake Geocaching

Judy Varner, TC Varner, Bob DeHart, and Don Deakins took our little boats to Soddy Lake for some paddling and geocaching. Our first stop was for geocache GC3F5J1 which was hidden on an island. It didn't take long to find it. Our next stop was across Soddy Lake at the old fishing pier parking lot. This geocache (GC3641H) was located in a short time but figuring out how to retrieve it took 30 or 40 minutes. Thanks to four heads and some shade tree engineering, we were finally able to retrieve the cache and sign the log. This was so much fun we may have to schedule another geocaching event on the water before winter sets in.

Crossing Soddy Lake

Arriving at Soddy Lake fishing pier

Going ashore at cache site

Group photo at geocache site

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Board Camp Creek

We picked an excellent day for this approximate 6 mile round trip hike into the Board Camp Creek section of Soddy Gorge Trail. Weather was perfect for hiking and made for a very enjoyable day in the woods. We plan to take advantage of the upcoming fall weather and spend more time on the trail.

Don's photos

Group photo along Board Camp Creek

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Paddling Tims Ford

Jane Ellett, Deborah Kimberlin, TC Varner, Judy Varner, Bob DeHart, and Don Deakins joined Highland Rim TTA and Murfreesboro TTA for a paddling excursion on Tims Ford Lake near Winchester. Our approximate 8.5 mile trip took us from Devil's Step to Maple Bend Island, then to the back end of Owl Hollow Creek, followed by a lunch break back at Maple Bend Island. A stop at Goose Island was made on our return trip to Devil's Step.

Don's photos

Group photo on Maple Bend Island

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rock Creek Loop

We felt compelled to take advantage of today's excellent hiking weather so off to Rock Creek we went. A short 3+ mile walk around Rock Creek Loop was enough to satisfy us for today as we look forward to next weekend's kayaking on Tims Ford Lake.

Group photo at our usual stopping point on Rock Creek

Hiking along Rock Creek Loop

TC rock hops across creek

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ziegler Island

Joan Hartvigsen, Bob DeHart, Judy Varner, TC Varner, and Don Deakins hauled our kayaks to the site of old Blythe Ferry where we launched our boats for a trip around Hiwassee Island and a side trip to Ziegler Island for lunch. Weather was ideal for most of the trip and paddling was easy but we did have to work hard for the last two miles from Ziegler Island back to Blythe Ferry as we were paddling into wind and waves.

Don's photos

Group photo at Blythe Ferry boat ramp

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prentice Cooper Overlooks

Joan Hartvigsen, Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins visited three overlooks at Prentice Cooper. We began at the secondary trailhead on Tower Drive with our first stop being Snoopers Rock followed by a return to Tower Drive and beyond to Mullens Cove Overlook. After a short break at Mullens Cove Overlook, we set our sights on the 3rd overlook for the day, Ransom Hollow Overlook. After a lunch break at Ransom Hollow, we hiked the last .8 mile toward McNabb Gulf Campsite to a previously staged vehicle on Tower Drive with the last quarter mile in a pouring rain. We got wet but it felt good after hiking in hot and humid conditions.

Don's photos

Group photo at Ransom Hollow Overlook