Sometimes I feel a little like Carmen San Diego. You never know where I will be next! Last weekend I visited Knoxville to spend time with a friend run the Knoxville Half Marathon. Tennessee is my homeland, so no matter where in the state I visit I always feel that connection. It’s doesn’t even matter if I never lived in that part of the state.
Knoxville is a beautiful city nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. East Tennessee has a beauty all it’s own. If you aren’t very familiar with Tennessee or haven’t travelled to that many places let me put it in perspective. The state it self has three distinct parts, West, Middle and East. Each region has a different terrain and very different culture. All of which I find beautiful, but I’m biased.
Here are five things that sum up my trip:
Great Smokey Mountains. The mountains are calling.
Old Friends. Lara is my sorority big sister from way back when. Old friends are really the best friends.
Delicious Eats. I ate one of these cutie cupcakes after our crazy long hike on Saturday then devoured the other one on my drive home Sunday afternoon. It was the perfect pick me up. The chicken parm I had as my pre race dinner wasn’t bad at all either.
All The Stairs. It took us nearly two hours to hike two miles because of these stairs. This isn’t even a quarter of them. Lara’s husband Matt said his fitbit said we climbed 174 flights of stairs on this day! Holy smokes!
The Miles to Neyland. The Knoxville Half Marathon did not disappoint. From the crowds to the course this was the perfect way to end a weekend in Knoxville. Rocky Top you’ll always be home sweet home to me!
Have you ever been to Knoxville? What’s your favorite thing about Knoxville?
Do you like to hike in the mountains?