From the Trail

Troop 3 backpacking trip to Sipsey Wilderness, AL.

For our Patrol trip we decided to go backpacking in Sipsey Wilderness in AL but take a different route than we did for the January Troop trip. We left the church and arrived at the trail-head well after dark shouts out to winter. We started hiking in and found a campsite but decided to carry on until we could find something better. We hiked for about 2 1/2 miles until we came across another unoccupied campsite. It wasn’t much better but we decided to take it anyways. We then had a wonderful cracker barrel of penguins and proceeded to  set up camp and turn in for the night. We woke up and had an oatmeal breakfast and broke camp and were ready to hit the trails at 9:00


We hiked for a good ways and found some neat-o stuff like a rock tree and a natural rock tent. We decided along down the trail that we would have lunch after the imminent river crossing which we eventually came to


Lunch was bountiful as to be expected from whistlepigz. We hing around for like an hour and eventually continued on our journey. Our hike lasted a good long 15 miles and another river crossing before we came to a small but cozy campsite.


We set up camp and started dinner. while cooking we discussed the finer points if whistlepig lyfe such as nikes and defecation. We then enjoyed a wonderful meal cooked by Leo and Frederick and cleansed our palates with graham crackers. we hung around while Collin cleaned up and chatted before turning in for the night. We woke up in the morning and ate grits and dat crystal egg for breakfast before breaking camp. We hit the trails at the same time as the day before to continue our trek.


Our hike from there on out wasn’t too difficult except for some long uphill sections. We came to the logging trail where most of our second day hike took place. we came to a bridge and decided to stop and have lunch a little earlier that day. Our lunch consisted of nutella and peanut butter paper tortilla wraps and an extensive selection of cookies.


After lunch we got back on the trail. this was the longest, most dreadful part of our hike. We hiked for what seemed like forever. Eventually me and Leo decided to stop for a restroom break and never fully caught back up, but it didn’t matter,  we all made it back to the cars relatively soon after that. Overall the trip functioned very flawlessly and was a extremely fun trip. 9.5/10 would do again.


Credit to Frederick B. as the author of this post.

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20 mile hike at Sewanee

In November, Troop 3 took a hiking trip to Sewanee, TN.

This was a very fun day hike but also turned out to be one of the most brutal. We started around 9:00 and stayed in a group until about mile one, where we split up.

We walked on while observing some very pretty views, acorn throwing, and the Sewanee wilderness. At around mile 6.5 we sat down for lunch and filled up water bottles. Despite some problems with knowledge of how to use the steripen, lunch was pretty good.

We then continued the backbreaking hike over the hills of Sewanee and a few paved areas. Around the 15 mile mark we hit a paved trail that was relatively flat and continued our trek as the sun ducked behind the trees.

It became complete darkness when we finally reached the cross on the hill but it made a great place to stop and rest.

From that point on our spirits were lifted and we continued hiking the last 1 mile on pavement. By the end of the hike our feet and legs were aching for relief so we got in the cars and went to Hardy’s for some dinner without shoes. Overall this was a fun trip although I probably would not do this again for a while.

credit to scout Collin for writing this post.

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Mountain Biking at Land Between the Lakes

The bucks Patrol of Nashville Troop 3 headed to land between the lakes in Kentucky for a weekend of mountain biking.

We stopped at the golden pond welcome area to get our backcountry camping permits. On the way in we saw these flying agarics which we had to stop and photograph.


We set up camp and headed out on the trail with the goal of riding 25 miles.


We stopped along the way to get a photo of this shelf mushroom, Libor is there to give perspective as to how large it is.


After about six miles we stopped to have lunch of summer sausage sandwiches.


Chippers chewed on his bone during lunch.

We also saw this very interesting fuzzy polypore mushroom.

I took an artistic photo of the sky through the trees for instagram.


We got back to camp around 5, but we were short of our goal, but did manage to do 15 miles, which a couple of the boys need for the biking merit badge.


We made some shepherd’s pie for dinner which looks like it is going to be delicious.


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Caney Fork fishing


I am headed up the Caney Fork river right now in a little canoe with a trolling motor. Out here with Randy getting this morning started with some fly fishing.

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Wheelin’ in CO


I was out in Colorado last weekend for my fantasy football draft. I had the opportunity to go 4 wheelin’ with Evanko in his Land Rover. Good times.

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Edwin Warner Hike flowers

Edwin Warner Hike flowers

Not sure what this one is, let me know if you do.

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Edwin Warner Hike flowers

Mayapple and trillium patch on the Natchez Trace Trail.

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Edwin Warner Hike flowers

Originally uploaded by reuben257

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To the woods I go.

To the woods I go.

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Gear review

I have been subscribed to do some backpack gear testing for for sometime now and finally have completed the first draft of my owner review of the SteriPen adventurer.  I will include a link to the review on here once I have had the chance to edit it with the help of my mentor Andre.

If you are looking for a gear review I suggest that you checkout this site to get some opinions.  I am hoping that Missie and I will be able to be frequently doing gear reviews and posting at  as a way to keep us active in backpacking between our big hikes.

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Edwin Warner Park

Yesterday Missie and I took Violet for a walk out to Edwin Warner Park. We hiked the Harpeth Woods Trail and found a geocache entitled bats (GCN4VR).

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