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This is the second part of our backpacking trip at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, trying to follow about half of the blue 20 mile trail. Some parts of it were well marked, some were difficult to find. But all of it was a beautiful, exciting adventure! Come along on along for a surprisingly beautiful backpacking trial in western Tennessee!

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Last November we had a beautiful weekend to backpack overnight at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in Western Tennessee. This park has steep ridges with great hill practice for our yearly section hikes on the AT. Our first day we arrived there was after dark and it made an interesting hike! We attempted a section of the 20-mile blue trail the next day which basically takes you on a tour around the entire park. Some parts were well marked, others, not so much, but still as always, a new, fun adventure! Though we’ve been to this park many times before, we found new parts of the park on this trail we had no idea existed! come hike with us!

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Hey! This is our last video for our 25th anniversary trip to gatlinburg. We saw some more fire damage, planned to hike 2.5 miles to Alum Cave, but ended up hiking 5.5 miles to Mt. Le Conte Peak, up 2500 feet! We hadn’t planned to go that far, but it was a beautiful, if not a rainy and tiring hike! Hope you enjoy it!

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We hiked at a local Memphis park on a beautiful 70 degree day in February. You truly feel like you’re in the wilderness, though just outside the Memphis Metro area. We were surprised to find this trail immersed in the woods with steep hills to hike. Awesome park for a short drive!

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Mt LeConte, Part 2

The last 3 minutes of my Mt. Le Conte video was corrupted, so this is the end. Click on the link and the end to see the beginning of this day’s hiking & to subscribe! :)

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Saturday night our family decided to check out Beale Street in Memphis, TN.   My younger daughter is entering a Memphis art contest and needed photographs of iconic Memphis images.  We thought, what a better place than Beale Street.  It has been years since we’ve been there, and it was fun to go now that our girls are teenagers as they are able to appreciate things better.

Beale Street is classic Memphis, the street blocked off, people casually walking around, talking, enjoying themselves.  Music playing all up and down the street, mostly blues and jazz.  We also saw a street performer doing back handsprings and back flips in the middle of the street!

We had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and sat out on the patio.  It was unseasonably warm for early February.  It was also breezy and a little chilly, but comfortable enough.  The food was delicious and we enjoyed watching the horse-drawn carriages pass us on the street below.

My college-age daughter was able to come to Beale Street, but was meeting her friends for a movie at 7:15 so we had a time limit on Beale Street and had to leave  by 6:30.  However we had plenty of time for my younger daughter to get good pictures with the best evening light.

After dropping off my older daughter at the theater, the three of us decided to go to our brand new IKEA in Cordova and get frozen yogurt cones.  It was as busy on a Saturday night at the IKEA as it was on Beale Street.  IKEA is a “destination” in itself.  Once we were there, my husband suggested walking through the whole store  because my younger daughter had not been to IKEA yet.  So that was a lot of fun.   And then we got our frozen yogurt!

Click the link below to  watch my video, and if you get a chance to be in the area visit Beale Street and our new IKEA, the only one in Tennessee!

Dave and I decided to hike recently at Meeman Shelby Forest State park in western Tennessee.  It was a chilly day, in the 40s, but sunny.  As long as long as I’m bundled up enough, I’m okay with the cold.  Its been a while since we’d been outside, in the woods and sunshine.  Sometimes in the winter, we spend too much time indoors missing out on vitamin D and the general feeling of  well-being that comes from sunshine and nature.

This particular park is a great one to visit, just a half hour from Memphis.  But when you’re there, you feel like you are in the wildernerness and that youve really left civilization.  Much of western Tennessee is pretty flat, and therefore not good practice for the Appalachian Trail hills in the Northeast (the yearly hike that we are trying to keep in shape for).  However this park has some pretty steep hills and beautiful scenery.

The trail we did at Meeman Shelby was the Woodland Trail loop.  It is about 5 miles if you go all the way to the Woodland Shelter and back to the parking lot.  This park also has an 8 mile one-way trail heading north and south (Chickasaw Bluff/Pioneer Springs Trail) if you really want some distance practice, though it doesn’t have as many steep hills as the Woodland Trail.

All in all a nice trip!  Watch our video, and plan to visit the park if you live in the area!