A Weekend at the Obed
Before last weekend, it felt like it had been a lifetime since I was able to get outside. The weather in Tennessee has not been ideal this spring. For some reason I'll be sitting at work during the week with 75 degree sunny weather outside my window, and as soon as Saturday hits, BAM. Rain.
Luckily, the storms couldn't last forever. Last weekend I headed east with some of my best friends and we set up camp at the Obed. The Obed is a climbing area located just west of Knoxville. The drive from Nashville is about 2.5 hours, which is just enough time to listen to the new Kacey Musgraves album 6 times in a row because let's face it, it's THAT good.
There are a couple of other climbing areas in Tennessee close to Chattanooga, but I prefer the Obed because we camp on the grounds of a brewery and restaurant. The food is definitely better than what we can cook over a camping stove.
We got to the campsite on Friday night after dark. The first thing I do when I start an adventure is look up at the sky. When I moved to Miami, and then to Nashville, I would sometimes forget the euphoria that comes from looking at a sky that's not hidden by city lights. The stars ground me. They give me perspective. That's also one of the main reasons I love the mountains. When I am surrounded by something so vast and beautiful, I completely forget to worry about things. Everything else seems so small and unimportant. After the trip, I can take those feelings back with me to the city and remember them every time I am getting hung up on a project at work, or someone says unkind words.
The wilderness is magic. It gives me life.
Climbing also gives me life. And somehow I have found the most incredible group of friends that inspire me every day to reach new heights (literally, haha). They are constantly trying harder routes, and overcoming goals. I'm so glad I found this sport and this community. I also attempted for the first time to take some photos of them climbing this weekend. Here's a closer look at what we do.