Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ziegler Island

Judy and I were the only two kayakers that showed up today but Harry Tirey surprised us when he showed up in his flat bottom boat. Robert and Pam Dwyer arrived next in their cruiser which had to be anchored in deep water. Harry's boat provided the perfect shuttle between the cruiser and Ziegler Island's shallow water.

It's been years since this group of Sequoyah Nuke Plant retirees have been together and we didn't have time to do much catching up today so another trip to Ziegler may be in the works. Maybe a cookout in shallow water might be fun.

Don's photos

Group photo on Ziegler Island

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hiwassee Island

Judy Varner, TC Varner, Bob DeHart, and Don Deakins spent about four hours paddling around and inside of Hiwassee Island. We tried something a little different today. In an attempt to shorten the total distance paddled, we made an effort to force our way through the sawgrass that separates some sloughs inside the island but it was too thick. It was suggested we bring weed eaters and machetes on our next kayak event.

Don's photos

This shortcut resulted in a dead end

Friday, June 5, 2015

More Trail Maintenance

We hiked the northern section of Possum Gorge just six days ago and documented some of the bigger obstructions but didn't realize until today just how many we didn't document. TC and I spent almost six hours cutting blow-downs off the trail. We were almost out of fuel and were completely out of energy at end of day but I think we can safely say that the Possum Gorge section of Cumberland Trail is clear from Heiss Mountain Trailhead to Retro Hughes Trailhead.

Don's photos

Relaxing for a minute after lots of work

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Soddy Trail Maintenance

Our plans to work at Laurel Snow were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances so we decided to remove a Soddy Gorge trail obstruction discovered by TC and Judy just a few days ago. The tangled mass of vines, limbs, and trees was located on the trail above the new Soddy Gulf property. We had the good fortune of working with the state crew today. They had a key to Soddy Gulf gate. We were able to drive to Board Camp Creek which left less than a mile walk to the work location. A big Stihl chainsaw plus 5 workers made this job much easier and the trail is again passable to Cumberland Trail hikers.

Don's photos

Removing a mass of vines, limbs, and big trees