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2009.05.29 Savage Gulf – Troop 624

Posted by agoodson on May 31, 2009

Travel Mates: Parker Goodson, Will Goodson. Boy Scout Troop 624: Brennan ?, Eric Duarte, Christopher Jones, Tristan Arnold, Sam Palmer                                          Troop 624 Dads: Randall Arnold, Kenny Palmer, Chris Jones

Travel Dates: 2009.05.29-31

Trails Hiked: Savage Day Loop, North Rim Trail, North Plateau Trail

Total Mileage: 16.2 miles

General Comments: Ticks were the worst I have ever seen. I have more than 10 bites on me and in a few in places I never want a tick bite again.  This is one of the great places in Middle Tennessee, a lot of variety and adventure in a relatively small area.

2009.05.29 Friday

Weather: 70 degress F.  Cloudy

Met at Bellevue Methodist Church. Left at 4:30 PM.

Made it to Savage Gulf Ranger Station around 7:30 PM. Made a stop in Mont Eagle for food. 

Set up camp at group camp site #4 near the ranger’s station. Good campsite. Boys talked a ton. Took a while to get them focused on starting a fire. Sat around the fire for a while and then everyone turned in. Will went to sleep quick. Parker and I both tossed and turned. Our cold’s kept stopping our noses up making it hard to sleep. Everyone else were talking, snoring, moving around, etc. It finally cooled down aroun 11pm and everyone got to sleep.

2009.05.30  Saturday

Weather: 55 – 77 Degrees F.  Foggy, then cleared off

Everyone got up early. We were packed and back in the parking lot by 6:30 am. Everyone got their gear together. We did some rearranging and loaning of gear to folks. Lightened some gear (several changes of clothes for a one night trip, books, extra shoes, etc). I had hoped to be on the trail by 8:00 am, expected we wouldn’t get started until 9:00 am. I was pleasantly suprised when we started hiking about 7:30 or 7:45 am. The original plan was to go from the Ranger’s Station out to Hobb’s cabin a 8.5 mile hike, after gauging everyone’s fitness and enthusiasm I decided to shorten it to only go to the Dinky Line campground which was about 3.9 miles.

We started out on the trail and it quickly became apparent that I had made a good decision on suggesting the change. People got tired very quickly, we took several breaks and in general did not make great time. We passed over some beautiful creeks on suspension bridges. Made a side trip to the Savage Falls overlook. Then we turned up the North Plateau Trail and headed for a our campsite. Parker and Eric wanted to stretch their legs some, so I let them go ahead and they took off motoring right down the trail. Will started hiking with some of the other boys and was leading them into camp when I saw them next. A proud moment. 🙂

In camp, we set up camp and ate lunch, it was only 11:00 am. We hung out for an hour or so, then decided to go on a dayhike, at least 4 of us did. Chris, Sam, Brennan, and I left for the dayhike, thinking we would hiking for a couple of hours and return. We hiked over to the North Rim Trail, then out towards Hobb’s Cabin, our original destination. At some point we decided we were close enough to continue on and check out Hobb’s cabin. We did this with very little water and no food, not a huge deal, but should have considered it. We were able to get some water from a guy with a filter at Hobb’s cabin which lifted the spirit of the boys some. Hobb’s cabin was anticlimatic for the boys so we headed back pretty quickly.  The return trip went much faster, we didn’t stop as much and made quick stops when we did.  At the last water crossing I filled up a water bucket I had brought along and carried it the last .8 mile to the campsite, everyone was happy to see it. So much so, that Randall Arnold had to go fill it up again. Thanks Randall!!

The boys and Dads that stayed behind had kept themselves busy with playing and gathering firewood. They also had gotten a little worried about us since we had said we would be gone a few hours and were gone around 6 hours. They had already started a fire, so we stoked it back up. Everyone was getting hungry so we started cooking. Three stoves between 10 people. It actually worked out pretty well. We had everything from your standard freeze dried backpacking dinner to canned chili. Ramen noodles, Mac and Cheese and MREs represented as well. After dinner? Marshmallows, of course.  I’m not sure what time we went to bed, but it was pretty early and it didn’t take long at all for everyone to drift off to sleep.

Good day.

2009.05.31 Sunday

Weather: 59 – 85 Degrees F.  Clear skies all day long

The plan was to get up at 5:10 am or something like that. No one bothered though. I think everyone was sleeping too good, I know I was. Parker, Will and I stayed in our tent as long as we could, then broke down our gear and got packed for the trip out.  The trip out was pretty uneventful and very quick. Most of the boys were ready to get out of the forest and back to civilization. They hiked fast and took short breaks even wanting to forego some of them. 

We made a stop at McDonald’s in Mont Eagle for a post hike meal and then hauled butt back to Nashvegas. Glad to be home once again.



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