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Quick Trip to Monteagle

Over the weekend Javier and I drove to Monteagle with the doggos to do some hiking on the Fiery Gizzard trail. The idea was to break in our hiking boots before our Colorado trip and to try out some new hiking trails in TN. We’ve already hiked most of the greenways and trails around Nashville, including Radnor Lake and Edwin Warner and we wanted a trail that allows doggos. The drive was about an hour and 45 minutes and the weather was absolutely beautiful. El fin de semana, Javi y yo manejamos a Monteagle con los perros para hacer una caminata por el sender Fiery Gizzard. La idea era amoldar nuestras botas de caminata antes de nuestro viaje a Colorado y descubrir nuevos senderos en Tennessee. Hemos hecho la mayoria de las “greenways” y senderos cerca de Nashville, incluyendo Radnor Lake y Edwin Warner y queriamos un sendero que aceptara perros. Manejamos mas o menos 1 horas y 45 minutos y el tiempo estaba precioso.


I was expecting a trail similar to Radnor or Edwin Warner, with some steep climbs but still a fairly easy hike. The Fiery Gizzard trail started out that way – pretty easy for the first 10 minutes or so. The rest of the time it was all walking along the edges of steep cliffs and climbing all over huge jagged rocks. The dogs (and especially Chupi) loved the trail! Chupete was in his element and I think he fancied himself a parkour specialist because he was leaping from rock to rock trying not to touch the ground. One time he bounced off the side of a rock and then missed the next one – poor guy’s ego was bruised after that and he chilled out a little bit. He even got in the stream, which was a big deal – he usually hates getting wet! Chori was a little more cautious – he made me walk upstream to find places to cross so he wouldn’t get his little paws wet (so weird) and he’d look where he was going before he’d leap down from a rock. Still, he loved it too and was always in front of me sniffing around and finding the best path for him. Yo esperaba un sender similar al de Radnor Lake o Edwin Warner, con algunas subidas empinadas pero mas o menos facil de hacer. El sendero Fiery Gizzard comenzo de esa manera – mas o menos facil los primero 10 minutos. El resto del tiempo caminamos por cornizas en las murallas de roca y escalando rocas enormes que cubrian el sendero. Los perros, especialmente Chupete, estaban encantados con el sendero! Chupete estab en su element y pienso que de convirtio en un especialista de parkour porque saltaba de roca en roca intentando no tocar el suelo. En un momento trato de apoyarse en una roca y saltar directo a la proxima pero fallo y no alcanzo a llegar – pobrecito, su ego salio moreteado y despues de eso se calmo un poco. Incluso se metio al riachuelo, lo que es una gran cosa – normalmente odia mojarse! Chori fue un poco mas cuidadoso – me hixo caminar unos pasos extra para encontrar lugares donde su patas no se mojarian (muy extrano) y miraba bien donde saltar antes de aventurarse a la proxima roca. Aun asi, disfruto el paseo y siempre iba al frente mio y encontraba el major camino a seguir.


Above – looking back on the “path” we just traveled


The scenery around the trail was incredible – everything was so green and the water was clear. We came across a few pretty waterfalls and always stopped to take photos (of course). I only brought my iphone but next time I’m definitely bringing my nice camera. We hiked about 3.5 miles in and 3.5 back, so around 7 miles total. It was great exercise and I’m glad we did this before CO because now we know what to expect for our feet when we climb a mountain. Not that this trail was anything like mountain climbing, but at least we know where our boots put pressure on our feet. If you live in or around Nashville, I highly recommend looking up some of the trails around Monteagle! It’s such a beautiful part of TN! El paisaje en el sendero era maravilloso – todo muy verde y el agua cristalina. Pasamos un par de cascaditas y siempre nos detuvimos a sacar fotos (obvio). Solo lleve mi Iphone pero la proxima vez sin duda llevare mi camara profesional. Caminamos mas o menos 7 kilometros de ida y 7 de vuelta, asi que un total de 14 kilómetros. Fue excelente ejercicio y menos mal hicimos esto antes de salir rumbo a Colorado porque ahora tenemos una mejor idea de como se sentiran nuestros pies cuando subamos un montana. No quiero decir que este sendero se asimila a subir una montaña, pero por lo menos sabemos donde nuestras botas ponen presión en nuestros pies. Si vives cerca o en Nashville, les recomiendo darle un vistazo a algunos de los senderos en Monteagle! Es una parte muy linda de Tennessee!

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