Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sunday Ride to Lilly Bluff Overlook


If you missed Part I of our little hike to the Lilly Bluff Overlook on July 25, please click
HERE. Even though it was hot, I enjoyed my first hike in a long time. Here are more pictures from that fun day. Above is a close-up of the swimming area in Clear Creek, taken from the overlook. You can see people swimming down there. Below are more pictures from that day!



Oh My!!!!! Look at the SNOW on the top of the mountain!!!! HA HA HA--in my dreams!!!!! (It was only about 90 degrees that day!) When we were leaving the overlook, I noticed this interesting lichen (or moss) on the nearby rocks. Interesting, isn't it???



As we hiked back to the car, I loved seeing the sun's rays coming through the trees.



When we left Lilly Bluff, we decided to take a country road home, one which we had never been on before... Can I tell you how much fun it is to just get in the car and RIDE--not knowing where you are going???? There's so much to see. Look what we saw!!!! We saw gorgeous farmlands ---with a view of the Cumberland Mountains (near Frozen Head State Park) in the distance.



There are so many things to see in the country. Don't you just love this old fence?




Guess what else I saw in the country???? This is Potter's Chapel!!! I love little country churches.




Finally, when we take a drive in the country, I also usually find a home which I would love to have.... See that home in the distance????? I'll add that to my 'wish' list!!!!! ha

Hope you enjoyed our Sunday afternoon drive!!!!

Have a great Tuesday.
Hugs,

50 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Morning Betsy, What a lovely, scenic drive. That is the cutest little chapel and oh, that home with the magnificent view! Hope you and George have a great Tuesday.

Lana said...

Beautiful! This reminds me of a show my mom and I loved called "Christy" based on the book by the same name. Tennessee is a gorgeous state, and we love visiting it when we wander south and east!

Big Dude said...

There is lots of beautiful scenery to be enjoyed in Tennessee. Glad to here you're back to hiking some.

amelia said...

The rocks on our property are covered in the same lichen. Very pretty to look at but if you try to walk on it you can slip very easily!! Especially if it's been raining!!

Lovely scenery again. I hope your knee is still improving!!

Pam said...

I love country road drives too! And old churches!

Jane said...

That does look a lot like snow! Great pics!

Jane

Tabor said...

You are certainly enjoying the nice hot weather. I have seen that plant in Canada a lot. It is a lovely sage color.

Arkansas Patti said...

When I was young, that is what families did in lieu of sitting in front of the TV. Once a week, we all piled in the car and went somewhere new.
Mom was the one always looking for a dream house.

The Retired One said...

Love, love, love your header picture...just gorgeous.
Yes, we love to just ride and see what photo opps happen,too...we haven't gone to farmland lately...that inspires me to go also! Great photos, Betsy. So glad you are up and about again.

Sandra said...

thanks for the cooling snow, and that overlook is certainly an OVERLOOK for sure. the church is very much like my dad's chruch in Sloans Valley KY

Catherine said...

Sunday afternoon drives are the best aren't they? Looks like you saw lots of lovely things.

Have a good week Betsy!
xo Catherine

Diane AZ said...

Thanks for sharing the beauty of your ride to Lilly Bluff. I love the lichen covered rocks, gorgeous light through the trees and the charming little chapel. :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

That house on the hill must have a nice view. I haven't traveled anywhere on an interstate highway for years. I love the backroads.
Marnie

Peggy said...

I was wishing that was real snow! LOL What a beautiful drive you had and I am so happy you got to go hiking!!!

Small City Scenes said...

Thanks for taking us on the ride with you. I always love coming upon quaint country churches.
Such pretty farm land and woodsy views. MB

Tipper said...

I enjoyed your drive-and I'm glad you guys did too! That really does look like snow : )

Debbie Smith said...

Such a wonderful way to spend the day enjoying the beautiful area that you live in!!! sigh.....

Harriet said...

Thanks for sharing your drive! Tennessee is really a beautiful state.

Valerie said...

Looks like a great country ride! I love to do that.

Funny - last night we went to the AAA baseball game in downtown Buffalo - and I let my husband drive - I don't like downtown traffic - well -as we left (around 10pm) it was very dark and we could only leave the parking garage one way. My H kept going and going - and I was like - we aren't going to make it to the expressway going this way - so I told him to turn down a side street.

Soooooo scary - pitch dark - obviously a drug/hooker neighborhood - by the folks we saw huddled and strutting around the dilapidated homes.

I would take getting lost on a country road (but you weren't lost right?) any day over in the inner city!

I did get us back to the expressway. Thankfully I remembered all of those Sunday drives in the city with my dad - and I have a good sense of direction, but we were a bit nervous for a little bit!!

Love that old church building!

reanaclaire said...

the chapel reminds me of the show.. Little House ON the Prairie.. :)

Dorothy said...

I enjoyed seeing your pictures, Betsy! It is so much fun to explore!! Love the "snow" picture.

The Incredible Woody said...

Just driving without knowing where you are going has always been one of my most favorite things to do. Vol Fan and I took a wonderful vacation doing just that. No destination - just turning where and when the mood struck! It was wonderful!!

How's the knee?

Snap said...

I enjoyed your drive very much. Love the old wood fences.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Betsy, wow you are beginning to hike already?!! You are an inspiration.

Thank you for sharing the lovely scenery from your hike.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Such a lovely drive, we are just so lucky to be surrounded by all this Tennessee lushness..
What a wonderful old church, I can only imagine the generations who have passed through those doors, and the split-rail fence is one of my favorite type of fences.
I love your new blog colors and design, as of yet I've not jumped in, to the new design features, but that's typically me...stay with the old ;)

Mary said...

Love your snowy lichen :-) LOL! The little church and the fence are perfect. I love rail fences.

Diane said...

I did enjoy it, Betsy. Very interesting mosses or lichen, too. The little chapel is very lovely, I'm going to post a chapel I saw in Alaska, you'll like that one. Have a good afternoon, Diane

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You did find stunning beauty.For those of us who love nature,I think we can find beauty almost anywhere.
Blessings,Ruth

imac said...

What a super trek Betsy, thank you for taking us along.
Grand shots you captured, and love your Header too.

Ginny said...

A totally wonderful trip! And, yes, you totally fooled me!! No kidding. I thought that for some reason, it WAS snow!! I adore the fence. We have a little church here called The Potter's House.

Pat Tillett said...

Seriously, what could be better than a nice drive through the country? Great photos!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is such a sweet area. I LOVE country churches too.

JOE TODD said...

You and George are true wanderers. I've got one waterfall from our recent trip. Love your header sunsets are great

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Betsy, Thank you for sharing your outings with us. I love your sense of adventure. I, too, like to find a road I've never traveled before and follow it just to see where it goes.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

So many pretty places to see that day Betsy...loved the church and that beautiful moss on the rocks...how are you two making it in the heat???

Denise said...

Hi Betsy, glad to see you were able to go on a hike, a lovely one at that. And a wonderful ride. Enjoyed all your photos very much.
An English Girl Rambles

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Pam said...

Betsy, your blog is like a beautiful travel guide. Over the mountains, through the woods with visits to every waterfall in Tennessee and beyond.
Its always a thrill to visit you;)

Blissitydoodah said...

Deer moss? I think.
Florists like that stuff...I sold a bag of it once in Green Hills :)
YES I always choose myself a home...and do love to drive around with no agenda but I DO NOT want to be the passenger...that would drive me crazy! Bad news for my passengers is that I drive on fumes :)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

There is so much road construction up our way. The road construction is causing roads to be closed and detours posted. I have loved riding the detours. Most times they are roads that we have not traveled. I've been seeing new things. I enjoyed your Sunday drive. When we are riding, I notice churches too. I wish I could photograph them all!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I surely did enjoy your afternoon drive...so nice to go and not care where your going nor when you have to get back. Trish

Karin said...

You were serious about the lichen that almost looks snow on your photo! What a lovely Sunday drive! So relaxing and I had my feet up the whole way! Excellent photos Betsy!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lovely countryside!

carolina nana said...

The best places to see are always off the beaten paths. Those old country back roads are my favorites.
That is some truly beautiful country in your photos.
Thanks for the info on the roses. I do have a cold frame green house I think I am going to try keeping all my potted plants in there this winter.
Blessings to you.
Marilyn

Carletta said...

Loving that look down!
Hubs and I like going for drives and taking roads and just exploring wherever it takes us. With our GPS we don't worry too much about getting lost on country roads anymore. :)
I have never seen that much lichen in one place before - unique. It does look like snow and then I thought it was blossoms.

NENSA MOON said...

As someone said above, the chappel remind me to the TV series: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE..
Thanks for those lovely pictures, Betsy!
I love them all.

hugs
nensa

SquirrelQueen said...

I can't think of many things that are better than a drive through the country, especially in your area. The old fence and church remind me of GA, I don't see a lot of either around here.

Love the house, the view must be awesome.

Janie said...

I like that house on a hill, too. What a view it must have.
Glad you were able to get out to take a hike and a drive in the country. Looks like a great time.

Daisy said...

HA HA! You're always looking for that snow aren't you, Betsy! :D

Looks like you had a wonderful drive. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Rose said...

I'd be happy with any old house if I had that view!