Trip Report: Two Paths Diverged in a Yellow Wood

Girls in grades 1-3 get outside on Sunday.

Girls in grades 1-3, and their grown-up girl guides, get outside on Sunday.

Although we were sorry we could not travel both, young hikers did find another gorgeous autumnal path on Sunday after learning Ijams Nature Center was closed. Nine intrepid hikers and their five adult guides took a stroll to the Key Hole off Imerys Trail at the Ross Marble Quarry Area near Ijams. We enjoyed all the colors of fall on this warm afternoon, and also took time to scout for birds and other wildlife, using our collection of new binoculars. The girls also learned and practiced the valuable lessons of “leave no trace” by making sure they left minimal impact on the environment. The day was warm with just the hint of October cool.

To view more photos of our hike, visit our photo gallery on Facebook — accessible without a Facebook membership.

The next Girls Outside hike is planned for Saturday, Nov. 1st for girls in grades 1-3. The hike will be at UT’s Arboretum near Oak Ridge. Details coming soon!

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