Okay, first of all, the map was hard to read and the trails were not marked clearly. I hiked around 4-5 miles. The trails were beautiful, but honestly, I don’t think getting lost was worth it. I enjoyed the workout, though. Luckily I was prepared (especially since it rained) and had two other people with me. We thought hard and found our way back to the main road to get to our car after about two hours of trying to figure out where we were. If you choose this park to hike at I do advise you take a picture of the map on your phone to keep with you in case you get confused (you most likely will). Wear bug spray and dark clothing. The trails are all woodsy and even in damp conditions, the bugs were ready to attack. We did spot a turkey on one of the trail ways. It was pretty awesome and probably the best part of the entire hike.
I hiked this trail to Buffalo Mountain for the first time yesterday because it was requested that I check it out by my friend, Daniel. Overall, it was a definite workout and it was beautiful. The trail was very narrow, though. It would be too dangerous if alone or in poor weather conditions. Also, if you decided to take this trail, do so with plenty of bug spray and wear pants. There was plenty of poison oak and ivy along it and the bugs were ridiculous. My friend, Stacey, found two ticks in her when she got home that afternoon. Bring a jacket; the top is quite windy. The way to the top is almost completely inclined uphill. The way back to the start is pretty much all downhill. I saw someone with a dog on the trail, and honestly, I don’t suggest doing that. It’s much too small in places and risky of having you or both of you falling down the mountain. If you enjoy a good hike, do this trail, though. It’s located off of Dry Creek Road in Johnson City, Tenn.
Today, I was unable to go on a hiking trip, because it took so long getting done with the community yard sale. However, I managed to drive to a nearby park in Johnson City, Tenn., called Willow Springs Park. It is probably my favorite in the area. There is so much space and great walking/running trails. There’s an area for children to play and volleyball/basketball courts. The park includes a fenced off dog area. I think they have a monthly fee, though. So, I would steer away from that if I were you. Willow Springs has a pond too and great wildlife (nothing big). There’s always a new trail to find off the pavement, too. It’s a great park to go to for just fun and picnics. I mainly go to it for running/walking. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. I would advise wearing sunscreen and bug spray during this summer. Most of the park is in direct sunlight, and the off-pavement trails along the woods get pretty filled with all kinds of bugs. Also, please remember the caterpillars are in full force right now. I hate when I see them squashed all over the place.You can fish in the pond, too. The only thing is that everyone who knows about the park brings their dogs. I have trouble with this, because I can’t help but stop and pet them. Anyway, make sure it’s going to be a somewhat breezy day and then go check it out!
I woke up this morning and just felt complete inspiration. So, I drove to Roan Mountain, Tenn. and went for a hike/photography trip on Carver’s Gap. I couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was just cool enough outside and the sun was shining brightly. I’ve hiked this trail a few times now and it never gets old. There are a few different paths you can take ranging from around 6-13 miles. My favorite is the one that goes all the way to the top of the mountain. It feels truly amazing when you finish this hike, like you’ve really accomplished something. Usually I go in groups, but this trail (if you’ve done it before and the weather is great) is a good trail to go on by yourself (always remember to be extra prepared if you do) for some alone time. I noticed a few backpackers today heading up one of the trails. I think next time I venture out that way, I may do that. Make it an overnight trip. Remember, even in the summer that this trail has a pretty high elevation and theirs always windy spots, unless you’re go through the trees/bushes.It’s also located right across from the road up to the rhododendron gardens and other hiking trails. It’s great for as a hunting area. I see people up there with their hunting dogs all the time when the park is closed from hiking. This is definitely a trail to keep in mind if you’re ever in East Tennessee.
Maria Sharapova has decided to add Stuttgart,Germany to her regular clay-court competitions this year. This past January, Sharpova made her way to the Australian Open final against Victoria Azarenka and was defeated. After having surgery in 2009, her shoulder is healing quickly and she plans on strength training again soon.
“My goal for this years clay court season is to improve even more physically,” said Sharpova. — VIA Yahoo! News
Qualifiers are being held this coming Monday, and the main draw starts Tuesday. Sharapova, Azarenka, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova all receive a one-way pass into the second round automatically for being the top four competitors.
Currently, Azarenka holds the number one spot in the world and Sharapova fights to move from her position as second this season.