Thursday, July 17, 2014
Hunter Bend - Tennessee River
Lora and I went back out Hwy 30 to the bridge over the Tennessee River. This time we went straight across the river next to where the Old Washington Ferry used to cross and went up the creek next to it. The old ferry was actually at the ramp which is a bit of history.
There are a couple of unnamed sloughs here, but they have also put a gravel road in which cut's you off from paddling the sloughs. So we did all the exploring we could and had lunch there. While we were eating, we got to see a gray fox swim across the creek just down from us. Lora also got to see the biggest snapping turtle she has ever seen, which of course came with a scream as it was by her paddle.
From there we went East on the TN river to Clear Creek and paddled up it. It does a complete circle around a cow pasture and then opens up to a small lake. We got to see a four point buck in velvet and Lora got to see, with another scream, a snake while she took a potty break.
We did not get to finish the East side of the split as we needed to head back. We stopped for a swim on the way back to the car and we also got to see a raccoon climbing the bank along the way. We also got to see a flock of turkeys in a field. Lots and lots of ducks, geese, and water birds.
We got another 8 miles in.