Ever since I was little I've felt comforted in rural areas. My family use to go on a retreat every summer at Oak Hill Academy, and they had a beautiful barn on campus. I would get up early in the mornings and go watch them feed the cattle, help brush the horses, hang out in the barn, and do a little horseback riding. I absolutely loved it. When I moved in high school, I moved to a more rural area and would always find my escape in nature. So when Speed Racer told me we were moving to Knoxville, I was a little hesitant. I had seen downtown Knoxville once in high school and swore I would never live here. Careful what you say, right? But when Speed Racer took me to see the house, I was immediately at peace. Where we live in Knoxville, is surrounded by rural farms, holding out against the sprawl of the city. There's even a cattle farm just down the street. Early in the morning on the weekends, Speed Racer and I will climb on our bikes and head into the heart of this rural area, and it's especially beautiful in the morning light. So today, I thought I would go out and try to capture a little of that.
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