So my wife takes an annual trip to Pensacola with her family each year, and while I would like to go for maybe a day or two (Fort Pickens, anyone?), the idea of four or more days fishing and beach-combing just doesn't do it for me. So, while she is heading to Florida, I am planning a trip for myself. It will work nicely...I will be able to drop her off at the airport on Wednesday morning and then head from there to wherever I decide. She doesn't return until Sunday evening, which gives me a few days to do my own thing while still picking her up from the airport. Where to go, what to do?
|A booklet on the over thirty War Department tablets perhaps?|
I was thinking about a backpacking trip initially, maybe to Cumberland Gap. But I am out of shape for tackling the climb to the top of the mountain, and I am not sure if I can arrange a shuttle to take me to the starting point (with its immediate near two thousand foot climb). And there is that out of shape thing. Love me some Cumberland Gap, but if I go backpacking, it needs to have some less strenuous climbing. Ohio has a few decent backpacking loops, but then again, it is Ohio, with a ton of invasive species ruining the under-story, and overcrowded backpacking trails. But the Gap and Ohio is a much shorter drive than some other places. Then I thought of Land Between the Lakes. I took on some of the trails in the Fort Henry system a couple of years ago, and the climbs are mostly steady, not crazy, and not a lot of elevation changes. Open under-story (from what I remember) and a couple of decent campsites along the way. No need for a shuttle as I can do a loop there. Then my mind drifted even more to just doing a trip to Fort Donelson. I can walk all the trails and the driving tour route, which would give me a nice nine mile day hike. A couple of huffer puffer hills, but nothing that crazy. Plus it would also take me closer to documenting all the War Department tablets there, a project I want to complete and heck, maybe even put into a booklet.
|Locations of most of the Fort Donelson War Department tablets|
I'll make mention of the finalization of these plans so that folks who may be interested in either the backpacking trip (8-10 miles per day) or Fort Donelson exploration can join if they would like. The trip would happen the first weekend of May.