I was just outside walking around here in good ol Florida. FLORIDA SUCKS! Sure the ocean is awesome and the islands are cool, but after being here for 5 years I can safely say that I’m a mountain boy. Everything in FL is just plain flat and hot.
From the second I could drive I was headed straight for the Smokies every weekend. About an hr drive from Knoxville TN were I was raised.
I would throw my fly rod in the car, some pot and a bottle of vodka (some times i’d even take a female if I was horny enough to deal with the obnoxious banter) , then I was off to heaven on earth.
Everything is dead quite in the Smokies besides the sounds of the ice cold, crystal clear streams. No cars, music, tv or the sounds of toolbags making useless conversation.
My father was born in TN and he was obsessed with FL, I was born in FL and I’m obsessed with TN… funny how things workout like that. Dad spent the last 3 years of his life in the place he loved (FL). I hope I spend a lot more fucking time than 3 goddamn years in Tennessee before I kick the bucket! Time for me to pack up my family and get the fuck out of here.
Those East TN trout better take cover, because an East TN legend is going back home.