National Dog Day!

August 28, 2013 in Other by amylaree

National Dog Day!

Well, we missed this boat by a couple of days but it’s never too late to celebrate the hiker’s best friend, right? August 26 was National Dog Day! Sorry we missed it, Ezra and Coltrane, we’ll make it up to you!

The folks behind National Dog Day created a list of 50 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day and it’s safe to say that most of these apply to every day, not just one day a year. Somehow they left out “Take your dog on a hike.” Guess we know what suggestions we need to make for next year’s list.

If you’ve got a four legged hiking buddy, check out our trail review page to find a dog-friendly trail. Give your  pooch a few extra pets and make a promise to the both of you to get out on the trails in (belated) honor of National Dog Day!

Ez O. and Coltrane

Happy National Dog Day to our favorite furries – Ezra O. & Coltrane

Camping Recipes: Cranberry Honey Oat Bars

July 30, 2013 in Breakfast Recipes, Camping Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Other by amylaree

I concocted these a few years ago and they are the perfect treat for a camping excursion. One of my favorite camping recipes for snack time, these bars are chock full of good stuff – whole grain cereal, almonds, cranberries, oats and more. Cook up a batch before you leave, let is sit overnight and watch your campers gobble it down.

Camping Recipe: Cranberry Honey Oat Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12

1 bar

Camping Recipe: Cranberry Honey Oat Bars

Camping Recipe: Cranberry Honey Oat Bars -- great snack for the great outdoors


  • 3 Cup Total Cereal (or whole grain cereal of your choice)
  • 2 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Apricots
  • 1 Cup Almonds (optional)
  • 1/8 Cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Butter


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix first six ingredients together (cereal through sesame seeds) in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt together butter. Once melted, slowly mix in brown sugar, honey and cinnamon until well combine.
  4. Turn up heat and bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Mix with dry ingredients until everything is well coated with the butter and honey mixture.
  6. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and pat down to make an even surface. Bake 10 minutes.
  7. Let sit overnight or put in the refrigerator to chill until it hardens.
  8. Cut up bars with a strong knife. Serve and enjoy!
  9. Note: These bars can get crumbly in warm weather, so best to make them for a cool-weather outing or keep them refrigerated if you're staying at home.

Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2013 in Other by amylaree

Whether you’re camping, hiking or just staying home, we wish everyone a happy, safe and festive 4th of July!

Have a great holiday weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Whether you're camping, hiking or just staying home, we wish everyone a happy, safe and festive 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!


National Trails Day This Saturday: Make Your Plans

May 28, 2013 in Other by amylaree

Click to find a National Trails Day event near you. As you can see, lots of events are planned.

Click to find a National Trails Day event near you.
As you can see, lots of events are planned.

This Saturday marks the 21st anniversary of National Trails Day (NTD) – which is reason enough to get into the great outdoors. Last year, over 157,000 people participated in 2,000+ events on NTD – including the trail maintenance group we joined at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro.

Quick on the heels of last weekend’s unofficial Memorial Day summer kickoff, National Trails Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of June. The American Hiking Society (AHS) works hard to provide a variety of activities every year on NTD. This year events range from  ”hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.”

It’s a great day to get out and meet fellow nature lovers. If you’re new to hiking, there are lots of guided introductory hikes and if you’re a long-time hiker this is a great opportunity to volunteer for a day of trail maintenance work. Let us know what events you’ll be joining and we’ll report back next week on our first NTD with a baby in tow!

Find an event for National Trails Day now — and as the folks at AHS say, “Hike. Bike. Paddle. Ride. Get Outside.”



Weekend Destination – July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012 in Other by thewrangler17

Ocoee River

Ocoee River in Cherokee Nat’l Park

With the country still in the midst of a record breaking heat wave, the MMT crew is taking another weekend off from hiking. This weekend, instead of sweating on the trails I’ll be heading to the Ocoee River for a little whitewater kayaking fun.

The Ocoee River is in the Cherokee National Forest in southeastern Tennessee and played host to the whitewater events of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The Ocoee area has a little something for everyone, from rafting to hiking to zip lining.

If you’re wanting to get out and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend and haven’t decided where to go, check out these great hikes:

  1. Narrows of the Harpeth
  2. Greeter Falls at Savage Gulf
  3. Volunteer Day Loop Trail at Long Hunter State Park

Where are you headed this weekend?

lower greeter falls

View of Lower Greeter Falls