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My first trip to Tennessee

I could go venture off to the creeks and the woods. It was amazing.

Rachel Brown | SNN

I could go venture off to the creeks and the woods. It was amazing.



Tennessee. Just the name of the state brings stress relief to my soul.

Over Christmas break my family and I took a trip to the beautiful state.

The 13-hour drive was the death of me. I have never been in a car for that long. I could not sleep. I was too excited to be in a different state and not have to worry about school, Florida, or anything. The only thing I had to worry about is what I was going to do when I got to Tennessee. I was looking outside the window of the car thinking about all the fun adventures and the new people I'll meet.

Once we got to the Tennessee/Georgia line all my stress went away. We made it. It was about 1 p.m. and you could already tell things were different from Florida.

The atmosphere was different, the residents were nicer, you could hear birds chirping, and the air was cleaner. It was just absolutely amazing.

I couldn't wait to go exploring.

Our first night, we went to Gatlinburg which was about 9 miles from our hotel. The fun part was we had to drive through the Great Smoky Mountains to get there... in the dark. When I tell you it's beautiful, it's beautiful. All you see is trees, the side of the mountain and darkness. There are no street lights on the mountains so you have to be really cautious when driving in the mountains at night.

My dad was driving through the mountains and he decides to go "Mountain Racing." He would go through the mountains like he was on a road course. It was the funniest thing ever.

Once we hit Gatlinburg, my breath was taken away. It's so beautiful at night. It's all lit up and there are people everywhere just spreading cheer.

The next day is when all the fun began.

Waking up at 6 a.m. is usually hard for me. During the trip, it was no problem. Our first morning in Tennessee we went up to the mountains and went driving to this road course/ hiking trail called Cades Cove.

Cades Cove is an 11-mile trail where you can see all types of wildlife, including deer.

The biggest deer we saw when we were up there, was an eight-point buck. It was beautiful. We also saw some does. One of the does we saw came so close to me, I could have reached my hand out and touch it. It was the best experience I ever had.

We continued hiking and about halfway through the loop, I was tired.

All the steep hills were so hard to walk on. You had to use every muscle in your body to get over it.

Once we got back to the hotel, I was so relieved.

We went through the mountains multiple times and let me tell you what, it was tiring. It was also fun. I would do it every day if I could. The stress I had before break all went away, I had nothing to worry about. I could go venture off to the creeks and the woods. It was amazing.

I can't wait to go again next year.


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