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Planning Meeting - April Camping & Hiking in TN + visit Nashville, Virgin Falls.

Planning Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub
1130 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43215

http://smokehousebrewing.com

Objective: To gauge how much serious interest there would be in traveling to Tennessee in April for a possible 3 day camping/hiking/Nashville trip.

Important Links:
Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Virgin Falls Hiking

Discussion Topics:
Possible dates for the trip, making reservations, carpooling, travel plans, etc...

Camping with the group in Cedars of Lebanon State Park would be a must for people interested in this trip. An alternative option might be to call and see if cabins are available at Cedars of Lebanon. I have not called to check & I don't really intend to since I will be camping. If you wish to do so, you can call the reservation # at[masked] to see if there are any weekends in April where the cabins are available to rent.

Tent camping would be what some people call "car camping", which means you are sleeping in a tent, but your car is 20 feet away. This may be subject to change if we find any better ideas at the planning meeting.

Making reservations: Individuals would be responsible for reserving their own campsite. The sites are $20 per night for 2 nights, and you would be able to share the cost with another person or two that you trust to share with. We would all most likely try to find an area where we could reserve lots close together so that we could meet and hang out together for meals, etc.

Trip Options to discuss:
10 mile strenuous hike at Virgin Falls. The trailhead is a 2 hour drive one way from Cedars of Lebanon. The hike will take approx 5 hours. The return trip would also take 2 hours. If you aren't sure if you can hike 10 miles and keep a decent pace, I would ask that you choose another option. Doing this hike with the Nashville Hiking Meetup might be an option if I ask nicely, or if we prefer we could just do it on our own.

Honky-Tonkin'/sight-seeing in Nashville. We can discuss which night would be preferable for people to travel to Nashville. Friday night would mean more moderate fun, and an earlier night for those who need to get back early in order to make sure that they are well rested for the hike on Saturday. Saturday night would allow the group to stay out later, but would also mean that the hikers would be rushed to get showered, and into town after a long, strenuous hike. Sunday would be a less rushed day to sight-see, but we would not be able to enjoy the nightlife on Sunday. This might also be a nice day to visit the Opryland Hotel, which is kind of like an easy, indoor hike.

Learn a new pick-up line: We will all need to familiarize ourselves with the infamous pickup-line "Are you from Tennessee?" so that 1. we don't fall for it 2. We can use it if we need to ;)


Costs & Travel time: I created a basic template to give you an idea how much the trip could cost if you plan ahead and try to do the trip inexpensively... I'm not great at math, so double-check it for yourself, but if you could carpool with 2 others in a vehicle that gets 25mpg, share the gas costs, and also share a campsite with those 2 people, this could be a basic idea how how much the trip could cost, before food, drinks, souvenirs, or anything else that you might buy while you are in town. This also does not account for the food that you would need while camping, which will most likely be up to individuals to bring with them, and prepare for themselves.

Anyways, here's the math...

Cedars of Lebanon State Park to Virgin Falls Trailhead one way = 93 miles
@ 25 MPG = 3.72 Gallons of gas x $4 per gallon = $14.88 / 3 people per car = $5
x2 (round trip) = $10
1 hour & 49 minutes one way

Columbus, OH to Cedars of Lebanon State Park = 410 Miles 1 way
@ 25 mpg = 16.4 Gallons of gas x $4 per gallon = $65.60 / 3 people = 21.86 per person
x2 (round trip) = $44
6 hours & 22 minutes 1 way

Cedars of Lebanon to Nashville = 34 miles 1 way
@25mpg = 1.36 gallons of gas x $4 per gallon = $5.44 / 3 people = 2 per person
x2 round trip = $4 = $5 parking per person = $9
43 Minutes one way

Camping = $20 per night x 2 = $40 / 3 people = $14

$10 + 44 + 9 + 14 = $77 Total before additional expenses.
You would need to pay your driver & your campsite mates for these expenses, and they may vary depending on how many people you have in your vehicle & how fuel efficient their vehicle is. The organizer will not be taking any money directly for the cost of this trip.

April is a nice time to visit Tennessee. The average temperatures are usually about 5-10 degrees warmer there, and hopefully the rain will stay away. The trip is just over 6 hours one way.


Please keep your RSVPs updated, and only RSVP yes is you are seriously interested. See you at Barley's!

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  • Laura H.

    Wish I could go but I'll be in Boston to see a friend. Maybe another camping trip later in Fall to Ohio Pyle for Paw paw picking?

    March 6, 2013

    • Lourdes

      Have no idea what it is!

      March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They are a native fruit tree: here's a nice article. http://www.npr.org/bl...­

      March 6, 2013

  • janelle

    My sister and I would like to vote for April 19th

    March 5, 2013

  • James G.

    nice meeting everyone.

    March 5, 2013

  • Laura H.

    Great time meeting everyone tonight.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummed that I am unavailable on both of the chosen weekends, but thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet some great people tonight. I hope you all have a great time!

    March 5, 2013

  • John A.

    It was nice meeting everyone today!

    March 5, 2013

  • Sharla

    I just now saw this so of course I cannot come. Am very interested in this camping trip however. Please keep me informed!

    March 5, 2013

  • janelle

    I too am interested, but cannot make the meeting.

    I have a few questions...
    1. Are you thinking of driving down on a Friday, hiking Saturday and driving home Sunday?
    2. I have never really hiked before but, feel that I am in faily good shape, is experience hiking a must?
    3. Would it be possible to do it the first weekend of April (5-7)? if so I am in! If not, I need to re-evaluate my schedule.
    4. Is it possible to get a campsite for 3 nights or just 2?

    March 4, 2013

  • Steph

    will the planning meeting still be taking place tomorrow? if the roads are bad i won't be coming

    March 4, 2013

  • Hector

    Sorry, something came up...

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting!

    March 4, 2013

  • Lourdes

    I would love the trip. It would be great practice training for my hike of the AT this summer. Tuesdays is dart league for me so I can't do planning meeting. Would definitely need to share expenses.

    March 2, 2013

  • Jon

    I am interested in the trip but can't make the planning meeting.

    February 27, 2013

  • Beth

    I am def interested in going to tm. I have my kids on march 5 and cannot attend but I'd like more info!

    February 25, 2013

  • Kaitlin

    I work Tuesday nights, but I will you let me know the weekend you choose? If I can do it, I'm in. :)

    February 25, 2013

  • Kaitlin

    Oh wait... The page finally loaded :)

    February 25, 2013

  • Kaitlin

    How many days?

    February 25, 2013

  • Robin

    Can't make meeting but would like to backpack.

    February 25, 2013

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