A weekend in the Smokies

K and I took advantage of this 3 day weekend to go on a road trip – to the Great Smoky Mountains outside of Knoxville. It was a great weekend: beautiful scenery, a vigorous but fun hike that balanced the 10 hours we spent driving, and some peace and quiet away from the busy city/internship life.

We tackled Cade’s Cove on Saturday afternoon and made the 5 mile hike to see Abram’s Falls. The falls were not huge, but were worth the trek. Lots of people out there swimming in the water, and some brave souls climbed to the top of the rocks and jumped in.

On our way back, we ran into a woman who was curious about K’s t-shirt (an old “Food and Nutrition Club” shirt from college) and said she was a retired clinical dietitian. Small world – it turns out she did her internship here too, worked for years in research and then as a renal dietitian, and…. rented her house out to a few interns one year, one of whom is now our program director! Crazy, crazy! And all because of a nutrition-related shirt. haha

On Sunday we drove into Gatlinburg early to beat the hoards of labor day vacationing tourists. Although it can be pretty tacky, I felt that K couldn’t leave without seeing Gatlinburg. We had fun in the shops, eating fudge samples, and people-watching. I had wanted to go to the aquarium, but it can’t be worth the $20. And, I went home with half a pound of fudge, which always puts a smile on my face :)

So, back in Nashville now. Laundry done. Groceries for the week bought. Tennessee’s first football game is tonight; everyone in the city seemed to be in Kroger buying groceries with me, wearing orange, and in a rush to get home before the game starts. I considered wearing my Tennessee shirt, since I’m no longer at risk for being attacked in it, but decided against it. I don’t even know that I’ll watch the game; tennis is still too much fun. And kudos to Sam Querrey today for playing a great game against Nadal, I was cheering you on buddy!


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