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Tennessee River Gorge On a Very Stormy Morning

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(Photographs below by Mark McKnight & Lucas George) 


"Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby."  ~ Langston Hughes

Photo by Lucas GeorgeVery honored to have been a part of the Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race on Saturday - every race in the Rock/Creek series benefits the non-profit, Wild Trails and that is the reason I support these races with complimentary Blue Smoke for all the runners and volunteers.

It was a day to be remembered and one where Blue Smoke Coffee ended up being a little more important part of the trail race than usual.  Not that folks don't always appreciate having complimentary Blue Smoke at the Rock/Creek Trail Races, but on this particular morning, Blue Smoke helped make a cold, wet day a little better for several hundred people.


Photo by Mark McKnightI was up at 3am to prepare and then headed out to the Tennessee River Gorge, while it was pitch dark and still a few hours shy of being daylight.  As I started up toward Signal Mountain, the wind started to whip and I encountered horizontal lightening (seriously), extreme downbursts, a huge hail storm and thick fog as I headed up to the Tennessee River Gorge - I literally couldn't see a few feet in front of the car.


Photo by Mark McKnightThe weather couldn't stop me though because the closer I got the more I knew, especially on a day like this, folks would really be counting on a steaming cup of Blue Smoke to wrap their hands around and get them going before the race and warmed up when they came back chilled to the bone.





Photo by Mark McKnight

Blue Smoke's propane burner also proved to be a big hit - all morning folks were huddled together around the only source of heat, Blue Smoke's little propane burner, which I used to heat water so I could brew fresh Blue Smoke all morning on-site, so folks got the freshest coffee possible.





Photo by Lucas George
For me though the reward of being a part of these races is just being around these inspirational folks, including 70 year old Sergio, who runs many of these races - and being in picturesque natural settings like the Tennessee River Gorge, even on this stormy day, it was a beautiful place to be.






Please visit http://www.WildTrails.org and make a donation ~ they are working hard to preserve, protect, refurbish, maintain and promote the wild trails we all love so much.

Photo by Lucas George



1 Comment to Tennessee River Gorge On a Very Stormy Morning:

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Jim on Sunday, April 03, 2011 8:41 PM
Unfortunately I was unable to run the River Gorge Race due to an injury but was at the race to support my wife and a few of our friends. Although I didn't run, I truly enjoyed speaking with you about Blue Smoke and how you you got started. I love hearing about people who are doing what they love and making such a positive difference in the process. I wanted to thank you for the hot coffee that morning and the beans you gave me to take home and try. I've been using my French press to brew the BEST coffee. Thank you so much! I have been telling my friends about Blue Smoke and am about to place an order from your website. Thanks! Jim Hunt - Marietta, GA
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