Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bat Cave

Our night paddle to Nickajack bat cave was fun but the number of bats we saw was far less than expected. I anticipated hundreds or thousands exiting the cave but it appeared closer to twenty, and was too dark to see any others that may have been flying around. Regardless, we had a good crowd and paddling around in the cool evening and night more than made up for the lack of bats.

Don's photos

Bat cave

Monday, July 27, 2015

CT Volunteers at Work

TC Varner, Bob DeHart, Teresa Hice, Pete Berntsen, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins helped CTC's Mitch Wolfe move Cumberland Trail Conference equipment, tools, and material from the Soddy Daisy Lutheran Camp to a storage location in Crossville. Four truck loads and seven hours later, most CTC equipment is now stored in or near the main office.

Don's photos

Unloading Bob's truck

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sale Creek

Judy Varner, TC Varner, Bob DeHart, Joan Hartvigsen, Jane Ellett, Karen Ritchie, and Don Deakins spent the day paddling Sale Creek. Our destination was the sand bar and log jam about 3.8 miles upsteam where we usually stop for lunch but as we were within about one forth mile, a tree across the creek blocked our path. This tree may have the creek blocked for years to come. Someone with a chainsaw needs to paddle up there and remove the obstruction.

Joan Hartvigsen, who lives in Winchester, killed two birds with one stone today. She shopped around on the internet for a cat to adopt and found what she wanted at the Pet Placement Center in Red Bank. She paddled with us and picked up the new kitten on her way back home.

Don's photos

Paddling up Sale Creek

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Collins River

Thanks to Sara Pollard and MTTA, Cumberland Trail Volunteers were afforded the opportunity to explore a river new to us. The Collins River near McMinnville treated us to an excellent day on the water with ideal conditions for recreational kayaking. I expect we will be looking forward to another float down this waterway.

Don's photos and video

Going ashore on a sand bar

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Road Walk

Ten hikers showed up for today's approximate four mile road walk at Prentice Cooper State Forest. We began at Davis Pond about 9:00 AM, hiked out Pot Point Road to the intersection of Lower Pot Point Road, and followed the lower road back to our starting point. Since the entire hike was on dirt roads, we stayed out of weeds so ticks and chiggers went hungry today.

Hike begins at Davis Pond
Group photo on Pot Point Road

Molly cools off in a mud puddle