Home for the Holidays, Day 23 - Sevierville and Knoxville, Tennessee
This morning on our walk we went down by the Little Pigeon River and Alfie saw a rabbit.
We went through the rest of our morning routine, while I took advantage of the wifi to binge watch FRIENDS. We also took a family picture on Harvey’s hood to use for our Christmas cards, which I ordered from a CVS to pick up later that day.
On the way into Knoxville for the day’s adventures, we stopped at Walmart for the miscellaneous odds and ends we’ve been needing (Christmas decorating projects, toilet paper, tennis balls for rolling out muscle soreness, wire brushes for scraping out corrosion, etc.)
Then we went to the Ijams Nature Center (not pronounced like an Apple product, the J is more of a Y). There were plenty of trails, but they were so well-worn it was more of outdoor walking than hiking.
Once we were all walked out, we went into Knoxville proper for dinner at Market Square. There were also some craft booths set up, so we made a lap first - Alfie got lots of petting.
At the restaurant (Thai/Asian fusion) we split an appetizer and two different soups. Alfie had his usual kibble under the table, then curled up and people-watched while we ate.
On the way back to the car we stopped at a pet store and snagged some free samples, as well as a Christmas present (ham bone) for Alfie and a scarf.
Then we spent a while browsing in a bookstore (aka self-control practice for me) with lots of cool books. We picked up a Christmas present and found several books to add to our must-read lists, along with Alfie getting more petting from strangers.
Finally back at the car, we stopped at CVS to pick up our Christmas cards, only it was the wrong CVS. A mile and a half down the road we were at the correct store, and after running back in to get the envelopes we were ready for the next stop - groceries.
We went to Whole Foods and stocked up on produce, meat, and cheese. Christian picked out some organ meats - chicken livers and turkey giblets - for experimenting.
Back at the RV, we unpacked groceries and had a taste-test of the bacon and cheese.
We also watched the Bill Murray Christmas Special on Netflix. I haven’t watched any Christmas specials before, so I wasn’t sure if they’re all just a weird plot that’s really excuses to sing Christmas songs or if it was just this one. I had a migraine so I fell asleep on the beanbag cuddling my boys.