Which means that we have been almost constantly on the move since 6 a.m. Thursday morning. It began with a 6.9-mile hike–ascending to to the summit of . . . well, that’s a good question . . . it was one of the 16 peaks in Frozen Head State Park, at any rate. It was a nearly four mile ascension via the North Old Mac Trail and nearly three miles back down the mountain via the South Old Mac Trail, climbing from 1,386 feet to the 3,088-feet summit. But, there was still one trail left to do, this one a more leisurely 1.24 miles along Panther Branch and up to Emory Falls, a comparatively easy 375 feet gain in elevation.
We finished with plenty of time to head to Nashville and find Radnor Lake State Park, which I had somehow missed the last time I was in the area. Crossing in to the Central Time Zone gained us an hour so that when we arrived there was still plenty of time to cobble together a loop hike from their well-maintained trail system and complete that park, as well, rather than returning the following day to hike it. Four miles and another 400 feet gained (and lost) in elevation later, we were ready to hit the road, and begin our journey “nach Hause.”
It didn’t take us long to realize that we were in the midst of Nashville’s rush hour traffic. It took us more than an hour to leave Nashville and its environs; I think the HOV lane went all the way to Murfreesboro. So, we were finally able to stop for the night about an hour northwest of Chattanooga. Six hours of sleep later, we were on the road again, losing an hour when we crossed back into the Eastern Time Zone, but still managing to make it back to Savannah before noon.
Next (and last) hiking trip: July