The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

October may be coming to a close this week, but fall technically isn’t over until late December. That leaves plenty of time for anyone and everyone to mark off everything from their fall bucket list.

Here are a few ideas for what to do before the season ends.

Corn Maze

There is nothing like getting dizzy with a group of your friends while surrounded by miles of corn. Some options close to Knoxville are Oakes Farm, Deep Well Farm and Kyker Farms Corn Maze. All are relatively low-cost, and feature other activities such as a pumpkin patch, hay rides and petting zoos. Be sure to check this activity off of your bucket list soon, since most of these farms close their fall events at the end of the month.

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

My grandmother always said to eat ice cream when it gets colder so that it takes longer to melt. Which is a great ideology, in my opinion. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Cruze Farm’s new permanent location, you now have a great reason to go. Cruze Farm is offering a pumpkin spice flavored ice cream in celebration of fall. It pairs nicely when swirled with the cake batter ice cream the restaurant also offers. All of the ice creams at Cruze Farm are made fresh daily, so check their website to see what flavors they are offering that day. You can also take a pint of your favorite flavor back to your dorm to help get you through late night studying.

Carve a Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving should not be an activity reserved strictly for Halloween. Why not Thanksgiving pumpkins? Find a cute pattern like this one or this one.  Fall is also a popular season for elections, so remind your roommates to vote with this pumpkin pattern. There is honestly so much artistic and creative freedom with pumpkin carving, so feel free to run wild with the idea.

Relax with a Show

On campus, there is almost always a production running at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Currently, The Blue Window is showing at the Lab Theatre until Nov. 12. Beginning Nov. 22, the annual production of A Christmas Carol will begin at the Clarence Brown. Students can see shows for $5 or free on Preview Days (the first Wednesday and Thursday of a show’s run).

Want something to remind you of your childhood? Disney On Ice is coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum with their Reach for the Stars show beginning Nov. 1. If you go on the opening night, you can score tickets for just $14!

Go to a U-Pick Patch

Knoxville is full of different agricultural joys. One of the many is U-Pick patches where you can pick your own fruits and veggies. Some popular choices of the season are apples, apricots, brussel sprouts and carrots. You can spend an afternoon picking your own produce, and then spend the evening making apple pies and warm soups. Learn more about picking your own produce on Pick Your Own’s website.

Take a Hike

Right in UT’s backyard are the Smoky Mountains, and fall is one of the best times to visit. The 816-mile state park has plenty to offer to any outdoors enthusiast. Try the Andrews Bald Trail, a 3.5 mile hike in the Clingmans Dome area with a marvelous view of what nature has to offer. Cades Cove is also fun to drive though to see different types of wildlife. If you’re feeling up for it, try biking Cades Cove’s 13 mile loop. You will have a better chance at spotting any bears at close distances (and you’ll be able to brag to your friends about biking 13 miles for fun).

Root for the Vols

Nov. 4 is UT’s homecoming football game against Southern Mississippi. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. in Neyland Stadium. Get a group of friends together and cheer on the Vols. It is also a perfect wrap up to homecoming week, which began on Oct. 29.

 

Hopefully this list of fall activities has something for everyone. Fall is one of the most magical times of the year, so why should we stop celebrating at the end of October?

 

 

Featured image by Randall Billings, courtesy of Creative Commons

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Hiking Blog: Preparing the perfect trail foods

I recently hiked Mt. Leconte, which I will write about in an upcoming post. I and several others stayed in a cabin owned by a very generous hiker and member of our group. Lifting the blankets off my face and watching the sun break over the horizon, giving the orange glow to the ice crystals that covered the trees and hills made it easier to wake up with four hours of sleep. The air was cold and the fireplace no longer cracked and flickered. I heard one of the group go to the kitchen, open the fridge, then a cupboard, then the clicking of the stove, the ignition and the sizzling of bacon. The smell came over me, and I shoved the blankets off and headed toward the scent.

Food, good Lord, food.

I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my favorite things and also one of my chief worries when going for a hike. Grabbing a few granola bars and a banana usually won’t do the job. But this all depends on a few factors. What time of day are you going? Are you in shape? How much food are you familiar with eating?

So, what do you eat?  Well for breakfast, cereal isn’t going to cut it. Fill up on fats, sugars and proteins. That means eggs, meats, some toast with peanut butter or preserves and fruit. While the majority of the items will give you stored energy, the preserves and fruit will get you up and ready to go along with that stored energy. If fresh fruit is a challenge, get the frozen stuff, or even dried fruits. No matter how it’s stored, get some. It does wonders.

But even more important is hydration. Never forget the liquids: water, orange juice and most importantly coffee. If you’re not a coffee person, I’m sorry, but lucky for you hiking is still possible without it.

Be sure to load up on water the day before. This should be obvious by now. If you aren’t mad at the amount of times you’ve had to take a piss, you need more water.

But, what about the on trail food, you ask? Well, lets rewind to the previous day or night. Always get your meals prepared in the days leading up to the hike.

Alright, so lets do a few types of meal preps. We’ll go over calories, types of foods and what they do for your body, hydration and making a perfect snack for hiking.

How many calories does a person need when going for a hike? If you’re not sure use a Calorie Counter. (http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc). The average speed per mile is around three miles per hour. Which means, on a hike like Mt. Leconte, it’s going to take around four and a half hours. But, there was ice on our trip making it last around seven hours. So bring more food than you think is necessary.

With the advanced mathematics out of the way, lets finally talk about meals.

On the Leconte hike, I took several types of foods:

4 Slices of bread

2 To-go peanut butter cups

6 Granola Bars

A sandwich bag of homemade trail mix

A 32 oz. Nalgene and two extra bottles of water

One Snickers bar

All of it was gone by the end of the hike.

So let me show you how to make a trail mix that keeps you full, energized and happy!

Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

This is what I started with. Switching and changing amounts and ingredients is perfectly acceptable and expected. Choose only the things you like to eat. Never try something new on a hike unless it is necessary.

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1.) Grab yourself a Ziplock.

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2.) Cup and a half of granola. I picked KIND, Gluten Free granola but any granola will do.

Fruit

 

 

 

 

 

3.) One cup dried fruit. Any dried fruit is acceptable. I chose raisins and craisins. But, fruit chips and thawed, frozen fruits all work just fine.

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4.) Nuts! I chose pecans, halved almonds, sunflower seeds and pistachios. A half cup of each.

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5.) To fill the bag, just double the amounts. But, remember, you have to carry everything, and although a few ounces isn’t a lot in a normal day, it all counts on a hike.

Remember, choose a good amount of food, things you enjoy eating, and hydrate! The next post will be on Abrams Falls, a short, easy hike that is rewarding throughout.

Edited by Maggie Jones