Ian and I love hiking. Like, we could seriously become backpackers I think. In fact, our first date/when we figured out we were dating, was on a hike! And I really want to hike the Appalachian trail, in segments that is (over my lifetime.)
We have been talking about hiking for about a month now, but since Tennessee had a 2 week rainy period, we had to keep putting it on hold.
Finally, the heavens cleared up and we were able to venture out into the beautiful Tennessee hills/mountains for some hiking.
We headed about 40 minutes west of Nashville to a State Park, which was one of the best kept parks I have ever seen! There weren't a ton of trails, but Ian had researched one that was 7.2 miles so we headed there. It was set along a river, lake, and marsh area, and had several settlement foundations to explore (my fav!)
We had packed a picnic lunch and ended up venturing off the trail to the river bed and eating on a warm, flat rock. Then, we did the very mature thing....threw rocks into the water!
(I am not really good at skipping rocks, so it was just me hurling large rocks into the water to see a splash!)
We ended up missing our turn off for a 3 mile loop, so our hike was only 3-4 miles long. It was alright with me though, because that was the first day in 3 months that I had worn closed toe shoes and my feet were near blistering!
Oh yeah, we found a cemetery for a settler and his two children! A little odd, but that's alright!
PS: Hiking in the mountains is much harder than hiking in flat Florida!