Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Soddy Gorge

Jim Hardy, Larry Hill, Jane Ellett, TC Varner, Judy Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins repeated a hike we did not long ago which included Soddy Gulf and part of Soddy Gorge. We met at the Soddy Gulf entrance, then shuttled to the unofficial Cumberland Trail access point on highway 111 where hike began. Weather was just a little cool at first and perfect by hike's end which made for a perfect day on the trail.

Don's photos

Group photo under rock ledge high above Board Camp Creek

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Graysville Mtn Video

The Graysville Mountain video is now complete. For best viewing, watch it on YouTube and select highest quality (HD 1080P).


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Graysville Mtn

Shauna Wilson, Jane Ellett, Judy Varner, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked the Graysville Mountain segment of Cumberland Trail, recording video along the way. We began at Roaring Creek Trailhead and turned around at Gilbreath Creek which resulted in a 9.1 mile round trip. The recorded video will be used in our next Cumberland Trail YouTube video which should be ready in a few days.

Enjoying view at Cove Loop Overlook

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sandhill Cranes

We picked a less than optimum day for a Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge trip to view Sandhill Cranes. It was foggy and most birds were in fields about 1/2 mile away which made them almost impossible to see with the naked eye. Fortunately we had binoculars and TC Varner's spotting scope but these provide only a narrow field of view. A return trip on a clear day would allow us to take in the entire panorama provided by the many thousands of birds feeding in the fields.

Group photo on observation platform

400 feet is about as close as birds got to the observation platform

A few sandhill cranes were on the ice

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Soak Creek Gorge

2015 got off to a good start with a hike into Soak Creek Gorge, a new parcel of land purchased by the state for construction of another Cumberland Trail segment. This property will allow Piney River Trail to connect with Piney Falls and Stinging Fork. Cumberland Trail rangers were surprised by the overwhelming turnout of people interested in this new property. It will definitely be a beautiful addition to Cumberland Trail.

Don's photos

Big crowd for today's event