Big South Fork State Park

by Glenneth on September 30, 2012

Hubby and I got up before the crack of dawn yesterday and headed up to Big South Fork State Park. There was a 17.5 mile and 10K trail race happening. Hubby and our friend J were doing the 10K and J’s family from Jamestown were doing the 17.5 mile race. My plan was to get in some hiking, but not miss hubby’s finish.

Here is the start of the race:

As you can tell, it was fairly foggy at the start. Once everyone started, I knew I had a while before their return. I love horses and I had seen the stables on the map, so I took a trail and walked my way over there. Thankfully no one seemed to have a problem with me wandering around, taking pictures, and petting the horses.

I went to another section of the stables where four gentleman were cleaning and saddling their horses. I had taken just a few pictures when one of the horses became skittish. I was worried my camera might be causing it so I stopped taking pictures and just petted the horses. The gentleman getting the mule ready told me the mules feelings were hurt because his picture didn’t get taken. So what did I do?

The mule was very excited to be in the photos.

Sadly for me, but good for the runners that the day stayed foggy, overcast, and cool. I was able to get a few shots of the color changing.

It was absolutely beautiful at Big South Fork. Really nice walkable trails also – also on the horse trails you really had to pay attention to where you were walking.

I almost missed hubby and J finishing because I was in the bathroom. UGH! I got back just in time to watch them finish. They finished before they thought and had actually helped carry a lady back down the trail when she hurt herself. WOOHOO!!! Around noon, they opened up the BBQ lunch that we had paid for and we had a delicious meal. We stayed for the awards ceremony and then head back to Knoxville. After being up since 4:15, I took a glorious 1.5 hour nap and felt much better.

Did you race this weekend? If you did a race recap, share a link in the comments!

Enjoy your day!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kate September 30, 2012 at 10:06 am

That looks like so much fun! I didn’t race, but a huge well done to anyone who did.

I love your mule shot ;-)

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2 JoyceK September 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

Love the horse pictures and the one of the two saddles – - very nice photos.

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3 Debbie@ Live from La Quinta September 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Looks like a beautiful park and a great hike. I love horses, too, and really enjoyed your pictures (okay, I love the mule too :-)).

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4 Kareen September 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Sounds like a fun way to spend the day! I love horses and your pics reminded me of my camp days :)

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5 Miz October 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

I raced….through life :)
can that count?
lovelovelovely pictures.

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6 Kymberly Swope October 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

It looks like you had a GREAT morning! Kudos to them helping the injured runner. Beautiful pictures!

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