Category Archives: Outside

Seven Islands, TN’s Newest and Best State Park…

Seven Islands State Birding Park is the newest gem in TN’s system of 56 parks. The park encompasses 423 acres along the French Broad River where grounds are managed as a grasslands and river habitat for 190 species of birds. … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon…

Ah, Sunday afternoon.  Here in sunny east Tennessee, the temperature reached near 60 and the sky was crystal clear.  What a far cry from the bitter temperatures we experienced last weekend. I got out and ran today, my first since … Continue reading

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Carver’s Apple Barn 2014 is in the Books…

Almost every year for the last 15, we have taken an October trip to Carver’s Orchard and Apple Barn in Cosby, TN. Carver’s, located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is our annual kickoff to fall.  … Continue reading

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Five Things I Did This Weekend…

This has been a very busy week consumed by work (my paying job) and budget and meeting planning for the Missions Committee that I co-chair (my volunteer job). As a new weekend begins, I am just getting around to posting … Continue reading

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Five Things I Did This Weekend…

Another summer weekend has slipped by and the official end of summer is just days away.  We spent this weekend mostly outside and mostly in the company of good friends.  While I have not completed everything on my “Summer To … Continue reading

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Monday Running, Biking and Rambling…

We survived an incredible night of turbulent weather.  A second string of severe storms hit around 1:30 AM.  I blissfully slept through the light show thanks to 1/2 an Ambien.  John on the other hand, did not. The power failed … Continue reading

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30,071 Steps Saturday…

As I write this, severe storm warnings are flashing on my TV and phone.  Lightening is flashing every minute or so and the low steady rumble of thunder vibrates the house.  The power of nature is amazing and scary at … Continue reading

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Weekend in the Wilderness: Backpacking, Abrams Creek…

Finally, after a three year hiatus, we completed another backpack!  On the hottest, most humid weekend (to date) of Summer 2014, we shouldered our backpacks and hit the trail with friends, Sonya and Mac. Backpack #75 is in the log … Continue reading

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Backpacking…

We are frantic around here, our house is in chaos.  John and I are in the throes of preparing for an upcoming backpack, our first in three years.  It is not that we are new to this rodeo, we’ve been … Continue reading

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