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Writing about hiking used to be a pretty big chunk of this blog.  Not so much lately, as I fell off the fitness wagon.  But fall is a great time for walking–it’s beautiful as well as cool.  So to inspire myself, and as a resource to any Knoxvillians or visitors, I’ve collected all my walking posts right here along with a brief description and picture for each.

Walking in East Knoxville: Welcoming Spring at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

It’s not Spring as I am writing this but I am absolutely sure that this unsung gem will have fall foliage and flowers to delight you.  Don’t wait for Spring!

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Walking in South Knoxville

This was my introductory post of many about the 40 miles of trails in the Urban Wilderness.

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View from the Ijams River Trail

Walking in South Knoxville II: The William Hastie Natural Area

One trailhead for this section of the Urban Wilderness is in the Lake Forest neighborhood where we used to live.  We were curious and went walking back here when it wasn’t even a thing.

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Walking in South Knoxville III:  Forks of the River WMA

These are hands-down my favorite trails in the system.

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Walking in South Knoxville IV:  Anderson School Trails

These fancifully named trails that wind along an easement through private land are Emily’s favorite.

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Walking in South Knoxville V: Ross Marble Natural Area

This area features the remains of a quarrying operation, almost like exploring exotic ruins.

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Walking in South Knoxville VI:  Fort Dickerson Quarry

This place is amazing.  You will forget you are in Knoxville.

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Walking in South Knoxville VII: In the Homestretch

Fall wildflowers along the Ross Marble Quarry trails and other autumn delights.

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Walking in South Knoxville VIII: Another One Bites the Dust

It’s back to the William Hastie trails with their shady hills and wildflowers.

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Walking in South Knoxville IX:  Forks of the River

There is something for everyone in this section of trails, whether you like woods or meadows, hilly or flat, dirt or pavement.

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Walking in South Knoxville X: A Quiet Walk at the Quarry

The Mead’s Quarry trail is challenging, but it will reward you with beautiful views.

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Walking in South Knoxville XI: A Belated Fall Roundup

A collection of pictures from a variety of trails.

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Walking in South Knoxville:  Success

Another roundup of trails and pictures, including some great views.

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Walking in Knoxville:  North, South, and Further South

This one is a bit further afield with walks in Norris and the Smokies included.

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Walking in West Knoxville

This is a collection of several great places to walk in South Knoxville, suitable to all skill levels.

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A May Stroll You Must Take

If you love the smell of honeysuckle, you’ll want to do this in the Spring, but if you are an architecture fan you will enjoy it any time of year.

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Short West Knoxville Walks

These aren’t pretty (comparatively) but they are good for exercise!

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Walking in West Knoxville:  The Jean Teague Greenway

This trail has the advantage of running right through a playground, where you can abandon your kids for awhile as you walk.

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Walking in Knoxville

This showcases the Pellissippi Greenway, which is at its best when the daffodils are in bloom.

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Two Walks

Finally, this is my very first walking post, laying out a nice hike that hits the high points of downtown Knoxville.

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I’ll continue to update this post with new hikes as I write them–I have a backlog which includes Baker Creek, House Mountain, and Haw Ridge, among others.

 

 

 

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Oh, y’all, I feel so bad about this.  I received this product in exchange for my honest review, and somehow I did not get around to writing the review in a timely manner.  Now it appears that the company may have suspended operations.

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And I hate that, because not only did I like the product, but it’s a Knoxville company (something I didn’t learn until after the fact).

This much of the website is still up and you should take a look.  If you are from Knoxville you will probably see some places you recognize in the promotional video.  If you find the product interesting you might want to follow the company on Facebook in case they make a comeback.

I received two carriers to try, and I gave one to my son who is always doing things like hiking and caving.  He was especially impressed with how strong it was.

I keep mine in my car for hiking.  I’ve used it to carry my phone and my water bottle.  The website suggests tons of other uses.  It is very versatile and yes, quite strong and secure.  I didn’t have any fears that my phone would drop along the trail.

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The company was still operational as late as November so I am still hopeful they will reopen.  Keep your eyes open for Kangeaux products in the future.

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There’s just something about a new year, isn’t there?  It feels fresh and new and full of possibilities.  Hence the talk of resolutions and the increase in gym membership purchases!

I am reluctant to commit to something so definite and portentous as resolutions any more.  Not sticking to them seems like failure and who needs more reasons to feel bad?

Still, I can’t deny that some of the good health habits I worked so hard to form a few years ago have become somewhat less habitual. And a new year is as good a time as any for taking stock and making some changes.  I’m still lighter and healthier and stronger than I was before my healthy journey began, but let’s just say that pie has a lot of carbs, and that we don’t hike every weekend any more.  And I’ve got a BIG birthday coming up this year (gulp!), and I’d like to feel healthier and stronger by then.

So I’m going back to the gym and walking and healthy eating, but I’m not calling it a resolution.  In case you are feeling like doing something similar, here’s what I am going to do.  For the rest of this month I am going to reshare posts I’ve written on health, low carb eating, recipes, and hiking, to help motivate myself and anyone else who could use some motivation!  If you want to see what I’m sharing, follow Life in Every Limb on Facebook and be sure to check “see first” so you don’t miss any posts.

Happy New Year and good luck to you on your resolutions or goals for the year or whatever you wish to call them!  Tell me about them in the comments, if you want.

 

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OK, y’all, so you know how much I love to hike.  There’s a new batch of trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness that Emily and I just started exploring yesterday, as a matter of fact (and more on those later!).  Now as a US Family Guide blogger I am going to receive a product that I hope will help make those excursions more convenient–at least when it comes to carrying things.

Here’s the scoop:  New carrying concept, the Walkabout by Kangeaux Outdoors, is designed to be an industrial-strength and multifunctional carrying tool for the outdoor adventurer and sports enthusiast alike. With the development of the Walkabout, Kangeaux Outdoors has designed a carrier like none other. It is predicted to become a standard for those “In The Field” — but just as easily, its ergonomic fit is ideal for the everyday carry. The Walkabout’s adaptable nature creates easy solutions for both athletic essentials like sports bottles and baseball caps, as well as everyday items like keys, phones, sunglasses, etc. There is truly no other carrier like the Walkabout.

So, I think this things sounds pretty cool.  Here are some pictures of the product and of people using it in various ways:

Here’s an offer for my readers:

Save 20% on your entire purchase!  Sign up and stay up to date with our Kangeaux Newsletter and receive a coupon code for 20% off your entire purchase! http:// www.kangeaux.com

I’ll be reviewing this item (honestly, as ever) when I receive it if you want to wait to hear what I have to say before purchasing.

 

 

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My daughter and I were hiking on Saturday along the Tennessee River when I snapped this iPhone photo of downtown Knoxville.  It was one of those pictures that I knew would be good before I even took it.

The greenway we were on is about two miles from downtown, and connects to the Urban Wilderness with over 40 miles of bike/hiking trails.  We are extremely fortunate in Knoxville to have access to outdoor recreation in such a beautiful place.

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NaBloPoMo November 2015

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This week was Spring Break, and on Tuesday Lorelei and I went on an adventure with some friends, visiting Seven Islands Birding Park for the first time (but I am sure not the last).  It was a beautiful almost-Spring day, perfect for taking pictures.  We saw a Cooper’s Hawk, so the park lived up to its name!  We will be going back to explore and to hike more, and I will share more pictures in a future post.

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I cannot tell from the map of the footprint of the still ongoing wildfires whether this little graveyard, just a stone’s throw from Gatlinburg, is in the affected area, but there can be little doubt that other graveyards and historic structures have been destroyed and that the views are going to be different for awhile.

There’s nothing like stumbling upon an unexpected graveyard.  And I don’t mean that in a spooky way!  It happens more often than you’d think, as I’ve told you before:  Stanton Cemetery on the Meads Quarry Trail; the tiny graveyard at Charter E. Doyle Park; even Greenbrier Cemetery was a surprise to me when I first encountered it on a family picnic to Metcalf Bottoms.

I love hiking and I love graveyards, and when the two serendipitously collide, all is right in my little world.  So I was tremendously excited to tackle a very steep hill on our recent Smoky Mountain walk, and to be rewarded at the summit by an old family graveyard.

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Fighting Creek Cemetery is a small graveyard (more correctly called William Stinnett Cemetery according to those who ought to know) with a beautiful view, populated mostly by Stinnetts and Bohannons.

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One can hardly imagine a more beautiful place to be laid to rest, or a more challenging one for those in charge of the burying.  The most recent grave here dates from 1990, and it’s hard to imagine how a heavy modern coffin could make the trip up the hill.

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The earliest burial I saw was from 1877.  There were many stones that couldn’t be read, and probably some that were never written on at all.

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Of course there were babies.  There are always babies.

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There’s a little trail at the back of the cemetery that doesn’t go anywhere anymore, but the picture I took looking back through the leaves is my favorite:

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Neither I nor most of the other folks who hike through the Smokies know the stories of those who gave up their homes so that the land they loved would be forever preserved.  But at least the presence of this graveyard and others like it lets us know they were there, and that we should appreciate their sacrifice.

And if you would like to help the people who now live on the borders of the Park, who have lost homes and businesses in the fire, please consider a donation to Dolly Parton’s My People Fund.

 

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