Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Exploring Knoxville: Mead's Quarry

We moved to Knoxville 4.5 months ago, but we have yet to really check out our new city. It's the smallest city/county I've ever lived in, but there is a lot to do in the greater Knoxville area. With Mr. TBS traveling for work so much recently, local activities were put on hold until we could do them together, but we're finally getting the ball rolling. On Saturday, we hit up downtown to go to Market Square, have lunch at The Tomato Head (so good!), and see Gravity (which we recommend watching in 3-D). We had perfect weather for an outing -- cool enough to wear a jacket, warm enough to walk about the farmers market into the afternoon. We had to rush through the market in order to catch the movie, so I'll be back again soon to really take my time.

We woke up to another beautiful morning on Sunday and decided we wanted to get out -- maybe hike. Cades Cove is one of the must-see/must-dos in the Great Smoky Mountains, but distance threw a wrench in our gears. We had no idea it was 1 hour and 45 minutes from our house! I'm sure it's totally work the drive, but we'll have to put a bit more planning into that day trip. We tabled Cades Cove for another weekend. He searched online for closer hiking trails, and sure enough, Mead's Quarry was nearby.

We weren't looking for anything strenuous -- just some fresh air and time together. Our jackets came off soon after we started walking, as our body temperatures rose. Although most of our surroundings were transitioning into a sleepy, brown state of winter, it was still beautiful. I imagine the place is packed with runners, hikers, families, and dogs during spring and fall when all the plant life is beaming with color. One thing that probably doesn't change with the season is the rocky trail. I was expecting a dirt path, but those trails are riddled with stones of all sizes (and then covered by fallen leaves). Watch your step! For awhile, my eyes were glued to the ground so I wouldn't slip, trip, or slide down a hill.

I can't even remember all that we talked about, but it was just nice to be out of the house doing something together. And we had perfect timing, because just 20 minutes after we left Mead's Quarry, it started raining! I'm sure we'll be back. It's a beautiful park with long trails, and it's close to home. I'm so glad we're finally doing things around town!


Aunie said...

so nice! little adventures with no real plans are the best. so glad you had fun!

Whitney H said...

Love the color on those leaves! Cades Cove is awesome, so you definitely should check it out. I miss doing this like this in nature! :(

Anonymous said...

I love hiking! Mead's Quarry still looks beautiful despite the surroundings changing in anticipation of winter. My husband and I traveled to Knoxville a couple of months ago to hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (even though it was a drive) -- we had a blast! I highly recommend Charlie's Bunion once you get out there. It has a spectacular view!

We ate at Tomato Head, too. A coworker who used to go to the University of Tennessee recommended it to us.

Unknown said...

PRETTTTTYYYY (you and your fall!)

I am so glad you got to spend some time with your travlin man!!!