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December 12, 2015 travel holidays

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.

Little Pigeon RiverLittle Pigeon River

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.

The Tennessee River trail boardwalkThe Tennessee River trail boardwalk

A geologic foldA geologic fold

My best yet pic of AlfieMy best yet pic of Alfie

About to climb up to find Tower TrailAbout to climb up to find Tower Trail

Mental note to copy this stair designMental note to copy this stair design

At the Rock Bridge (made of quarried marble)At the Rock Bridge (made of quarried marble)

The KeyholeThe Keyhole

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.

The Market of Market SquareThe Market of Market Square

Art imitates life imitates artArt imitates life imitates art

Christmas lights :3Christmas lights :3

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.

Avocado salsa (literally avocados and salsa mixed together)Avocado salsa (literally avocados and salsa mixed together)

Tom YumTom Yum

Tom Kha GaiTom Kha Gai

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.

In the Christmas spiritIn the Christmas spirit

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.


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Home for the Holidays, Day 24 - Sevierville, Tennessee I slept in till 11 this morning to kick the last remnants of my migraine, then took Alfie out for his long-awaited morning walk. After