I did a pre hike with Ann Jacobs today for her December 13 scheduled hike. We went from the Grundy Forest Day Loop along Fiery Gizzard via the Dog Hole Trail to Raven’s Point and then back. The entire trip was 10.2 miles long and took about 6.5 hours. I was exhausted and stiff when we were finally done. But, the views were very much worth it!
We had our yearly Fall color hike with the Tennessee Trails Association at the beautiful tree farm in Monterey, Tennessee. The Bowling Family Tree Farm has been our home away from home for nearly ten years now with two hikes per year. Spring wildflower and Fall color. This year we had an added treat, SNOW! There was two inches but most had melted by the time we got there but what remained made for gorgeous scenery and beautiful pictures.
Thanks so much to Billie Jo Bowling and her son and daughter in-law, Tim and Margaret for welcoming us to their farm twice per year. It is always a pleasure to hike there and be with great company.
We had a smaller crowd this year because we had to move the hike to Sunday due to my work conflicts and appreciate those willing to make the change to avoid having to cancel out. Along with myself and the Bowlings, we had Fount and Anna Bertram, Steve and Sara Pollard, Nabil Wakid and Mary Belle Ginanni along with a fantastic potluck meal.
We look forward to our TENTH ANNIVERSARY HIKE with the Bowlings this upcoming Spring 2015. Date to be announced later.