This past weekend we hiked at Meeman Shelby State Park, north of Memphis. There are a lot of amazingly interesting trails here. I would think so close to the Mississippi, it would be flat and fairly uninteresting. But that is not true at all. The hikes here are all very beautiful. We hiked the northern 4 1/2 miles of the Chickasaw Bluff Trail, which is less used and also probably less well maintained. Although there were some new bridges, but also a lot of spots where you have to jump the creek or hike way into the woods to avoid a long muddy spot. However, all of this added to the exciting adventure!
This day we went was an awesome beautiful day, about 70 degrees and sunny. The trees are sporting their brand-new bright spring leaves and flowers were in bloom everywhere! (So were our sneezes!) We saw two snakes sunning on the trail, but they seemed to still be sleepy from their winter slumber, and didn’t move at all as we walked past. We also found a box turtle half-hiding in the leaves.
Overall it was a really fun and beautiful hike, totalling 9 miles. This was our longest continuous hike so far and about what we plan to do each day on the Appalachian Trail this June. So we were pleased with our progress, and I was especially proud of my girls, ages 13 and 16, for being real troopers, hiking this far with minimal complaining! lol We are really excited about our upcoming Appalachian Trail hike!