Tennessee trees

As I said last week, one of the best things about 2016 was that I finally caught a job for the start of 2017. It’s been such a hectic last few months. A short bit of respite from the city among the Tennessee trees was just what I needed.

Sewanee is a small college town in Franklin County, between Nashville and Chattanooga. It’s nicely nestled on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau and it’s just so damn pretty. It’s also just so damn cold–while I was there, the temperature hovered around 30º. That might not sound like much, but when you’re walking around in the woods and it gets dark at 4 p.m., the chill sets in quite quickly.

Even though it was cold, it was good for me to be there. The sunsets were amazing. The hikes were gorgeous. And the Tennessee trees, well… they were singularly fascinating.

(And, since I’m late because I’ve finally started a job that I want to keep for more than six months, I’d say the short time off did its job quite well.)

Going on hikes in the cold mountains of Tennessee was quieting and refreshing, but I’m happy to be back in the city. Honestly, what did you expect? It was weird and a little disconcerting to be in the front seat of a car again–the last time I did that was, well, months ago. Much better to be back on the grid, where I belong.

What are your favorite ways to unwind? Is it walking through Tennessee trees, like me?

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