Today was the first day Jason had off in a while and I was determined to get us all out into nature, Lucy included.
So last night, I made the decision, we would head back to Laurel Run Park, a destination not too far from our house.
Although Lucy and I woke up around our normal time, a little after 7 a.m., Jason wasn’t too keen on getting out of bed just yet. I didn’t blame him, it was his first day off in I don’t know how long. So Lucy, Kimber and I curdled up alongside him in bed and fell back asleep until he was ready to wake for the day.
We finally headed out the door around 9:30 a.m.
With an overcasted sky, Jason, Lucy and I were the only one’s that ventured out on the trails today. Yep, this only meant it was going to be a great day. We love having the trails to ourselves.
As we began our hike, the sky opened up and the drops of rain began. Of course Jason asked if we should stop or keep going.
The nice thing about this trail is it’s pretty much covered with trees, so we weren’t getting too wet. I figured, since we were already out here, what’s a little rain going to hurt. (Yes, this of course came after some convincing on my part that it’s okay to get wet.)
So we kept on going, Lucy following Jason eager to keep up with his pace.
As we neared the first waterfall and made our way down to the bottom it began raining a little bit harder, so we took cover to the left of it. It turned out to be the perfect place to wait out the rain.
After the rain stopped, we headed off in a new direction to seek out the second waterfall we read about online.
The climb down to this waterfall was a little more challenging. Jason of course helped Lucy make her way down (holding her the majority of the time), as well as helping me as he guided my feet in the right spots to make it down in one piece. This was the adventure for today . . . it certainly got my heart pumping a little.
The rewards, yes two, of making my way down to the bottom were amazing . . .
We of course got to experience another waterfall, just the two of us.
It was a beautiful stream of water off the ledge that produced an incredible sound.
The second reward was watching my puppy have the time of her life. There was sand near the base of the waterfall that got this puppy all riled up. Sand started spraying everywhere as she began digging. After digging to a certain depth she would take off, butt close to the ground, running before returning to the same spot.
Before too long, this is all we could see.
It was absolutely adorable. The amount of fun she had in this little area made the entire trip worth while.
Since the temperatures are warmer, Jason and I decided to wear our hiking shoes, which are extremely light weight with an incredible grip. We learned last summer that they are also great in water.
So we walked in the creeks and Lucy followed, yes she followed us right into the water. Last time we took her to this park she wanted nothing to do with the water. It was cold at first, but worth it when spotting views like this.
I was beyond excited that she got her paws wet this time.
As we walked the trails, I remembered the start of our adventures in NE Tennessee last summer. The trails are lined with lush green leaves of every size and shape. It is breathtaking to take this sight in, and today take in the smells of the rain.
Today was another day that reminded me why we chose this area to move more than a year ago.
Before we started our hike today, I started the S Health app on my phone to record what we did for the day.
The lowest elevation was 1,117 feet and the highest elevation was 1,755 feet. We walked 3.95 miles at an average speed of .9 miles per hour. Our maximum speed was 5.3 miles per hour.
We spent 2 hours, 26 minutes and 41 seconds in nature today and I loved every single minute of it with the world’s best boyfriend and puppy.