Monday, September 15, 2008

Norris Dam State Park

Sunday we all woke up and headed over to Norris Dam State Park just north of Knoxville for a trail run. http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/NorrisDam/index.shtml

The run was very nice and we also found a monster hill there to challenge us. That hill went forever it seemed, but once we finally got to the top the downhill was so nice! On the way up that nasty hill we spotted a rather interesting creature and stopped to photograph it. Turns out this is a Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/pests/ipm1019hickoryhorneddevil.htm This is why I always trail run with my camera.... you never know what you might see! Part of the trail winded around the river/lake and made for a more scenic route. If you are ever in Knoxville looking for a hiking or trail running destination you should check it out.




At the end of our almost 2 hour run we decided to test out the chilly waters of this spring feed river. Wow.... it really was cold! As you can see in the pictures there are actually men trout fishing in the background. How cool is that?!

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