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    Overnight in west Tennessee

    I am a little late with this trail report, but here it is. This trip had been planed for several weeks.
    On Friday September the 16th me and my son (8) picked up my brother and my sisters son (8) and took them a local state park for the boys first overnight. The park has 4 trails ranging from 3 to 20 miles, with loops that you can mix & match to get the miles that you want. They also have 3 shelters, I opted to stay at one of them so no one had to pack a tent. I brought along my hammock & tarp. (Warbonnet Outdoors) I had my brother try it out, I didn't try too hard to show him how good it was, I didn't want him to steal it. lol
    Since this was the boys first time and my brothers first time backpacking, I took them through the easy way, about 1.6 miles to the shelter. We had some bad storms back in May, so there was plenty of firewood on the ground. The boys loved the fire, I thought that they were going burn every leaf & twig on the ground. Normally I just use my alcohol stove, but for the boys we did hotdogs, marshmallows & smores over a fire. I tried out some of my Packet Gourmet meals. They are very good, I even tried cornbread in a skillet, it tasted good, but I would not win any prizes for looks. Very hard to flip it over without it folding in half. The temps were good, no one got cold & the boys never got scared.
    The next morning we cooked bacon, pancakes & biscuits. Freezing the bacon the night before works pretty good. I know some of you will get a big laugh out of this, but my brother has done lots of car & canoe camping, but never backpacking. I had told him I would handle most everything, but he would be in charge of cooking the bacon and that I only had one skillet, for the pancakes. He had brought a 12” cast iron skillet for the bacon. It worked great, but I was glad I was not carrying it.
    We only did a short 1 mile hike without packs and then hiked back to the trailhead, I had been having major sinus issues for a couple of days and my brother had work to do, so we cut it a little short.
    Hopefully we will do again soon, I know my son would go again, all I have to do is say the word.



    My brother, my son, nephew & me on the right.


    My son making himself at home in the shelter.


    FIRE!! We must play in the Fire! Could not keep them out.


    My hammock & tarp set up. Perfect weather.


    Heading back to the truck.

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    Looks like y'all had fun! What park did you go to?
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    Awesome father/son time! Looks like the boys had tons 'o fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by more View Post
    Looks like y'all had fun! What park did you go to?
    What he said!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Hey smithbd2,

    Sounds like you all had a fun trip. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for the replys everyone.
    Here is a link to the park: http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/NBForrest/
    I had purposely left it out because anytime I mention it, it turns into a debate.
    I can assure everyone that it is a great park and there is no klan meetings there. When I was a youth leader at church we would rent the group lodge for the weekend. Like most parks it gets used, but the trails are usually empty. My daughter and I hiked the 5 mile trail Sunday and saw a lady & her son. Usually I see no one. Since it is so close to me, I use it to train and test new gear.
    Thanks again everyone.

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    That is very cool!!

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    Definitely 2 thumbs up

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    Great job Dad/Uncle. It looked like you guys had a great time. Thanks for sharing.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    very nice camping with your son = Priceless

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