This past weekend I went to Nashville to visit some family and while I was there I experienced the hustle and bustle of a big city. While I was in downtown, surrounded by all of the buildings, it made me miss the beauty of East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. Now that I am back here, I thought that I would share some of the things I love and missed about East Tennessee.
When I think about East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains I think of this image; Looking out over the horizon and seeing the clouds roll off of the mountains like the foam on your coffee. Waking up to the sound of a creek flowing faintly and the birds chirping at the crack of dawn. Getting the fire started in the ashes of last nights fire. The silence of nature is like a drug in that it keeps you wanting more. I think about the nice people you encounter that is always willing to help. I think of the hidden getaways that are just waiting to be found. The early morning hikes to get to the peak of the mountain and the feeling of being on top of the world. Seeing the leaves change to the fiery reds in the fall and watching the flowers bloom in the summer always excite me. Not only the draw to the Smoky Mountains and the nature but the draw to towns like Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are as attractive. The more tourist heavy cities are always home to a good time and I love living near it. From walking Gatlinburg and seeing the shops downtown to going go-carting in Pigeon Forge Even though they are more populated, they are at the base of the mountains and are a 15 minutes drive to peace and tranquility in the mountains.
No matter what you want to do, East Tennessee has got you covered. Whether it is trying to go for a weekend trip to get away, a family trip, or just a quick hike, East Tennessee has got you covered.