A Great Weekend to Get Outdoors

This weekend was absolutely perfect to get outdoors. The weather was really nice, it was a holiday weekend, and gas dropped below $3.00 per gallon. Actually on Saturday, it was still up around $3.29 per gallon. I didn’t have tickets to the game, but instead of watching it at home alone, I decided to head over to the CSC. I also wondered what it would be like to bike over there. I live probably just 5 miles from campus so its not far at all. Its mostly downhill on the way to campus, which means on the way back, its mostly uphill. I’ll start biking to work more often now.

On Sunday, after lunch, a few of us decided to go for a quick hike between then and meeting up with people to go to Boomsday. We headed up to House Mountain, the highest point in Knox County. Its a nice hike that you don’t have to drive very far for. Its only about a 15 minute drive from the CSC. Jon and Loraine also joined us for the first time. Along the way, we decided to go off the trail because it looks like there was an overlook. At the overlook, we “tried” to spell out VOLS. This picture is just one of our attempts. Also on this hike, somebody came up with animal and names for everybody. You’ll need to reference Loraine’s blog for those.
V O L Um, that's not an S

On Sunday we also decided that we were gonna hike Meigs Creek. Meigs Creek runs right into The Sinks, a popular swimming hole in the Smokies. Meigs Creek is also a trial that is known for the number of stream crossings you have to do. Typically, if you have to cross 4 streams on a trail, you would say that its a lot. This trail has 21 stream crossings. This is the perfect time of year to do it because the water is down and all the streams can be navigated by careful rock hopping. Brad had invited his friend Alysha to come with us on the trip. So on the way back we decided we would get a group photo. I didn’t have my mini tripod with me, so I just sat it on a rock across a stream and hope I could make it back in 10 seconds. It was a lot of fun.
Alysha, Brad, Me, Jon and Bryan