Living in east Tennessee has its perks if you enjoy being outside. I have to say, it has its advantages over both Michigan and Texas. While in Texas it is hot enough pretty much year round to do stuff, there is no scenery worth looking at. At least not in central Texas where it is flat and boring. Michigan on the other hand is beautiful, at least da U.P. is, but it's so freakin' cold and snow covered most of the year. Tennessee, however, barely has a winter so it's nice enough by April to appreciate all the natural beauty it has to offer.
Three of the four weekends in April Jeremy and I either hiked or camped. The fourth weekend he was out of town for a conference and it stormed the entire time. Both hiking trips were with people from church and took place actually just over the border into Kentucky. The first hike was on Good Friday and it was kind of cold, but manageable. It probably hovered around 40 most of the day, but we layered so it wasn't really too bad. The second hike was this past weekend and the weather was much better, although it did rain the entire way up to Kentucky. Luckily it stopped before we started hiking and the trail wasn't really all that muddy. Both hikes were around 7 miles but the second one was a little bit more rigorous as there was a pretty steep incline for a ways at the end of the trail. We made it though...
On the first hike, no ticks were found. On the second, however, I had one that was somewhat attached to me that I found during the hike, Jeremy had one crawling on his arm during the hike, and I found one in my clothes once I got home.
The camping trip was a lot of fun. We camped at a TVA campground not too far from Knoxville. It was right on the Tennessee river, and yes, there was a TVA dam there also. We spent Thursday through Saturday camping. That's the great thing about my job, since I work from home, I can also work from a campsite! In fact, I was actually closer to the counties I work in while at the campsite so it was very convenient. Friday morning I had to get up pretty early to drive down for the weekly docket review for one of my courts and when I opened up the tent door it was breathtaking. Our campsite was right on the bank of the river, the sun had just come up, the water was all steamy and there were mountains in the background. So beautiful, but unfortunately I did not have a camera to take a picture. Saturday we spent most of the day on the motorcycle exploring the area, also a lot of fun even though we both got a little sunburned.
We're becoming very outdoorsy with all this hiking and camping so we decided that next thing to tackle should be backpacking. I mean, we live so close to the mountains, it would be wrong NOT to!