Today while Jason was at work I decided to head out and find my own adventure, which occurred along the Kingsport Greenbelt.
Right from the beginning I was taken back by the beauty along this trail, which runs eight miles along the Holston River and Reedy Creek in Kingsport, TN.
I have to admit I stopped quite a few times, so I could really take in the beauty, sounds and smells of the area. Of course this was accompanied by many, many photographs.
To think this is just minutes from our apartment . . .
There is something about nature that cures all while centering you again. Three hours along this trail and more than six miles of walking, I came out as relaxed as one I could possibly be . . . which made it all worth while.
Today marks 26 days since we arrived in TN . . . and I have to admit yesterday it hit me hard . . . I miss my family. When we lived in Fort Myers, I spent most of my days off with Mom while Jason was at work. Today in an effort to get myself out of a funk I explored some more of our new home, I took a step into nature. As I made my way along the trail and found beautiful spots, I sent some of the photographs to Mom, which made it feel like she was with me. I thought of her often as I walked the trail, only because I could envison us running together or going for an early morning walk.
A great thing about this trail was I spotted many benches that were in good locations to sit and take in the surroundings while resting.
Although there were many other people of all ages walking, biking, running and walking their dogs, it was an incredibly peaceful journey down the path and across ocassional bridges. The birds chirping, the sound of water making its way down the river and creek made me forget about everything as my steps continued.
A smile was constantly on my face, it just would not go away . . .
My favorite part of the walk was when I began to hear the water . . . I knew it was cascading down rocks.
I decided this was a great place to stop and sit on the bench as my thoughts cleared a little more and the smile became wider.
This Kingsport Greenbelt is a perfect place for me to run. I am very excited that I finally stumbled upon this trail, I will definitely use it a few times a week.
Although I made it back to my starting point, my feet kept going . . .
Today was amazing. The weather was perfect, the people I passed along the trail were friendly and I got an incredible workout. That is one of the best things about exercising outside, you do not realize how many miles or how much time has passed because it is not located directly in front of you.
On the other hand, the trail provided great signs that let you know how many miles you traveled.
My legs are definitely feeling the miles I put on them today.
What a breath of fresh air to get lost along a trail for so many hours. I cannot wait until I find another location to explore on my own.