Friday, August 14, 2015

Trail Maintenance

Bob DeHart, TC Varner, and I treated a small portion of Cumberland Trail to a haircut with our string trimmers. First stop was the unofficial entrance to Soddy Gorge segment along highway 111. There is about 1000 feet of trail that is thick with weeds and requires frequent attention to prevent Mother Nature from reclaiming it. It got that attention today. After completing that job we drove a short distance to Heiss Mountain Road and the Possum Gorge Trailhead which was also in need of a trim. A mower would have made this easy but three weed eaters got the job done.

Don's photos

Clearing trail

Friday, August 7, 2015

Big Soddy Bridge

Mitch Wolfe, TC Varner, Judy Varner, Jim Hardy, Don Deakins, Jane Ellett, and Keith Weller met at the Soddy Gulf entrance and hiked to Big Soddy Creek Bridge. Our goal was to check status of bridge construction and do some equipment inventory at bridge site. Trail maintenance was not in our plans today but we encountered a few blowdowns on the trail. Fortunately they were only tree tops which were easily removed with two hand saws and elbow grease.

Group photo at Big Soddy Creek Bridge site

Still work to be done but getting close to complete

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sand Island

Bob and I had Watts Bar Lake and Sand Island to ourselves today. Lake conditions were excellent but the temperature was climbing so we only spent about an hour on the island before heading back to the boat ramp. Looks like this day would be better spent in the water rather than on the water.

1.3 miles to go

Approaching Sand Island

Arriving Sand Island