Last week I was in one of my favorite places ... the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It's becoming a family tradition to venture there for spring break. This year was unusually warm--we got sunburns and were roasting in the high 80s. Normally it's drizzly and misty and chilly this time of year!
As a transplant from the west coast I constantly crave a change in elevation, since that is something that Mississippi severely lacks ... so for me this annual trip is a taste of "home" that temporarily satisfies that craving.
It's also my chance to introduce the kids to one of my favorite childhood activities, hiking. And as they get bigger--camping! Eventually we'd love to take some backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail, but for now we're satisfied hiking in a half mile or so from the where the trail intersects the viewpoint at Newfound Gap (pictured above is the view!).
And this year we took the kids on their first "real" hike, to Cataract Falls. It was 1.3 miles to the falls, so that was a 2.6 mile round-trip hike. With surprisingly less whining than I expected on the way back .... the falls were definitely worth the effort!
Of course, knitting was also happening! I made some HUGE progress on my heavily modified Campside cardi. All I have left are the sleeves and neckband! And I realized that I was using a Tennessee yarn while vacationing in Tennessee, which felt doubly appropriate. This is Miss Babs Yowza yarn (in Violaceous colorway), and she is based out of Mountain City, Tennessee.