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Friday, May 4, 2012

More from Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

On April 21st,   George and I visited FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK here in Tennessee.   IF you missed seeing the blog post as to WHY we chose that particular day to go down there,   click HERE to find out!!!!!

Today I'll share with you more pictures from that cold, drizzly, foggy day!!!!  Above is the main waterfall in the park, Fall Creek Falls.  (There are 6 waterfalls there altogether.)   Fall Creek Falls is 256 feet high.  IF you want to read more information about this waterfall,  click HERE.




Here's a picture taken from the Fall Creek Falls overlook of the gorge.. You can see the fog around that day.




I took this picture of George at the overlook at Fall Creek Falls.  You can see part of the waterfall ---and also the fog.




Another waterfall at the park is named CANE CREEK FALLS.  The best place to get a picture of this one is after a hike on the other side of the gorge.  I took this picture from the overlook during our hike.




I got excited seeing some beautiful wildflowers blooming at the park.  Aren't these little guys just gorgeous?




Seeing the Mountain Laurels begin to bloom was also exciting to me.  I should go back next week  and see these beauties in full bloom...




After a delicious dinner at the lodge restaurant that afternoon,  we walked outside to check out the lake...  I thought of my youngest son and his son, my awesome grandson.  They would love to be here fishing on the pier nearby!  BUT--it was a little chilly out there ---or at least, the wind was cold!!!!




Finally,  this picture of us was taken at the CANE CREEK CASCADES when we first got to the park... After checking out this area and taking pictures,  we quickly put on our jackets... Did I mention that it was quite cold down there that day????? ha ha

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This past Wednesday,  we drove to McMinnville, Tennessee  to meet George's brother, Ken, and wife, Bonnie, along with  Dad Adams for lunch at Applebee's.   Ken and Bonnie have been visiting Dad this week in Tullahoma.   They live in Indiana --so we don't get to see them as often as we'd like.

This is a hard week for Dad (who will be 100 yrs. old in August).   Wednesday (when we met) would have been Mom's 92nd birthday. (She died last June--and he misses her terribly.)  Then Saturday, the 5th, would have been their 72nd wedding anniversary. BUT--Dad is still doing well,  and he definitely ate a good lunch!!!

George and I did something we NEVER do.... Can you believe that we both left our cameras at home????????   GADS!!!!   SO---the picture above of Dad,  Bonnie and Ken was taken last August at Cracker Barrel.    BUT--despite the fact that we didn't have our cameras,  we did have a great lunch and fellowship with all of them.  Ken is George's little brother ---being 2 yrs. younger.  Their sister, Janet, couldn't join us since she was at work.  She is 10 yrs. younger than George.

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George and I are going to take a BLOG BREAK.  We are SO SO busy --and there's SO much to do.. We just need to take a break for a short time.  We should be back to blogging between May 14 and 16...  Hope all of you have a great week!!!! 

Have a wonderful weekend  and week ahead.
Hugs,
Betsy

78 comments:

Sharon said...

I've got to make a return trip to Fall Creek Falls. The last time I was there was during the drought as few years ago and it was more of a Fall Creek Trickle! And I don't think I've ever seen Cane Creek.

I will certainly miss you during your break - bet you'll have lots of stories when you return!

Pam said...

Fall Creek Falls is gorgeous and tall with a rapid flow.
The spring foliage and flowers are beautiful as well.
Sweet pics of you George. Enjoy your break-time together, Betsy.
Hugs

From the Kitchen said...

The first photo is wonderful. I love the mountains on a drizzly day. There's beauty in ever weather condition.

If you ever get to Indiana to visit the family, maybe we can meet--just not in the mountains!!

Best,
Bonnie

Denise said...

What a pretty waterfall and lovely wildflowers. Always great to see you and George and also George's family. Enjoy your blogging break and I'll keep checking to see when you get back.

Catherine said...

Don't you hate it when you leave your cameras at home and then you miss something good to photograph? Oh well, you will have to be happy with the images in your mind. ;)

Enjoy your blog break Betsy ~ see you when you get back!

xo Catherine

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful pics! Glad your Dad is doing well, in spite of a hard year.

Enjoy your blogging break!

Denise said...

Must be very hard for George's Dad after being together for so long. Like part of yourself is missing. Glad to hear he is doing so well and I am sure he must have enjoyed being with you all.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

No camera? What?

Wow....100 years old in August. That is phenomenal.

Okay, your trek this week on the falls...absolutely inspiring....and so very enjoyable. You two area always filled with smiles and I just know you both enjoy each other's company and love---along with being together for these wonderful treks that you share with us. The waterfall?!-------love the scenery. I can almost hear the trickling of water as it cascades its way downward.

Big Dude said...

I would have guessed your camera strap had grown into your nape and you couldn't leave home without it. :-)

Sandra said...

enjoy your break. i can't believe both of you forgot the cameras at the same time. that happens to us. if i forget to push the auto set on the coffee pot bob doesnt check it. if i do push it he checks. these falls are my favorite of all the ones you take and Fall creek is one i would visit if i could

nanny said...

Have a great break.....sometimes it is just necessary, uh?

Don't work too hard!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh I love those waterfall pictures,even with the fog. DadAdams looks good.I am always amazed at him.Take it easy and don't overdo the work.

Diane AZ said...

Glad to hear Dad Adams is doing well even though it's a hard year. Great pictures from Falls Creek State Park! Enjoy your blog break, Betsy. :)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Great pictures Betsy- enjoy your break!

My Kid's Mom said...

Great pictures as usual. I think the area must add years to your life. My Grandma lived to be 103! So awesome that your dad is still doing so good at 100.

Snap said...

Nothing better than beautiful mountains, wildflowers and waterfalls! enjoy your break!

RoeH said...

Just beautiful. There must be more waterfalls there than anywhere. I could sit and watch them forever.

Karin said...

Lovely photos of the falls! You two amaze me with your determination and stamina! Great photo of George's dad and family. So nice to get together and enjoy each other. Blessings as you take a break!

Linda said...

That first picture...of Fall Creek Falls...is just gorgeous. I took some pictures of those mountain laurel blooms on the Abrams Falls trail when we were there, but I didn't know what they were. Silly me.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

The waterfalls are great! Hope you have a nice blog break! Take care.

TexWisGirl said...

the falls are always beautiful. have a great break!

Sylvia K said...

Your captures of the waterfalls never fail to take my breath away and these are no exception!! Hope you both enjoy a wonderful break, Betsy!

Sylvia

Becca's Dirt said...

The waterfall is beautiful. You and George look so happy. I know it was good seeing the family.

Pearl@serenitycove said...

Fall Creek Falls look like a place I need to visit as much as I like waterfalls.
Enjoy your break. It is a busy time of the year.

Janice K said...

That first waterfall picture is really awesome.

It is good to see how well George's dad is doing. My dad would have been 100 this year on May 14. I can hardly believe it has been two years since he left for heaven. It seems like yesterday.

Ginny said...

I love your yellow signature at the bottom, some day you'll have to tell me how you do that. The first picture is awesome, the water falling into a grove or something. And I love the triple falls! You and George do not need jackets when you have each other to keep you warm!!!

joy said...

Again, lovely pictures of nature. and thanks for sharing also about your family and thier pictures.Like knowing you more:)

Ms. A said...

I love that first photo and I'm really enjoying seeing all the lush greenery. Everything is looking magnificent... including Dad Adams. George must have inherited some great genes!

Rose said...

Wonderful memories, Betsy. Your guys story is just a wonderful read any time of year.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm so glad that Dad Adams has been visiting with family, that must make him feel better.
Enjoy your break.
xoxo

Eva Ason said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures Betsy, have a fantastic time off and see you soon.
Big hugs

Eva

Phillip said...

Love that first photo & I think your dad is phenomenal & married for more than 70 years.

Happyone said...

The first picture looks like a long sheer curtain - so delicate and pretty.
It must be so hard to have lived and loved someone so long and then be alone, but glad to hear George's Dad is still doing well.
Enjoy your break, we all need one once in a while.

joy said...

Again. thanks Betsy for your nice comment in my latest post " Puerto Princessa. Yes, I am a grandmother of 6 now. I was became mother when I was 16 years old and I am 50 years old now. My life was along sad story that time, but I love my children very much. anyway my email add is: syrin@tele2.no

Arkansas Patti said...

George's dad looks great for any age but marvelous for 99. That
100th Birthday should be a grand celebration.
Enjoy your blog break. We all need one now and then.

Lynn said...

Love the shot you captured of Cane Creek Falls with the wildflowers.
It may be the smaller falls but I like the texture of the flowers in the shot. Have a great blog break!

Retired English Teacher said...

I love that photo of you Betsy. It is so nice.

Enjoy your break!

Chatty Crone said...

I love to see your travels and you two cuties together. I can't believe you forgot your cameras! I love seeing the family too.
Love, sandie

Ann said...

Gorgeous water fall. I'm in shock that both you and George forgot your cameras....lol
Enjoy your blog break

Crystal Mary said...

Hello dear Betsy, Your family are wonderful. Imagine, 100yrs old and going out to eat at Applebees. All you photos are wonderful. I get such a feeling of love as I look at all of them. My hubby Ray will enjoy to see them also. He is at golf today so will see them when he returns. Much love Crystal Mary

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I'm amazed you forgot your cameras. Didn't you feel off balance with out them? Ha! So nice to see family gathering. Love the waterfall photos as always. Enjoy your break!

Elizabeth said...

Have a good Bloggy Break...will miss you, but life does get BUSY!! Your journeys out to these wonderful parks always makes my heart glad. I SOOO understand your love of finding a place that is deserted except for you and George...and my mom and I have been quite guilty of considering a cabin our own home, too. Back in the days when mom was alone and I was young and single, we drove a very old car on road trips around AZ and NM...adventurous! We had little money, but it's amazing what you can find off the beaten path. And if we liked a cabin, we would hide a penny behind a picture on the wall, and noone would know except us, and so the cabin was marked as 'ours' for always!! Mom will be 80 in two weeks...we share some wonderful memories!

Thanks for reading this, Betsy...I know you will understand it!

You and George are so 'made for each other' :-) And your smiles are wonderful.

See you when you get back to posting.

Rohrerbot said...

I absolutely love the waterfall that moves down into that gorge. I think these are my favorite from your park visits. There's something special about the views at this place. I've left my camera behind several times....pretty sad day when that happens. Have fun on your break! We'll see you when you come back from your adventures:)

Lynda said...

Whatever the weather - - -
As long as you're together - - - -
You seem to have fun- - - -
Even without warm sun!

P.S. Gorgeous area!!!

Mr Lonely said...

nice picture~ =D

Faye said...

Your photos remind me of the greens of nature, Betsy. What infinite variety! I hear you about needing a blog break. April was just a blur of happy times, sad times, and frustrating times. Need to take my camera and get out and see spring before it's gone. Enjoy your break.

Faye said...

Faye here again, Betsy. Seeing your crayon quote in the sidebar reminds me that there's a wonderful photography meme where you photograph something of a specific Crayola color every day. Must think about where I saw it.

Marie said...

Your Dad is 100! What an amazing blessing! How wonderful! God bless him. I know he misses your Mom. Glad you all got together. Loved the photos too of you and George at the falls, and of the falls and the area itself...sorry it was so COLD! :-)

Jeevan said...

This place seems like my kind of one and I really enjoyed the falls here. Glad you all happen to meet and good to know about u r dad who is yet to celebrate 100. I wish him all the best and I hope u all celebrate it in wonder. Take care Betsy :)

Birdman said...

Love your first waterfall shot... postcard worthy.

Nezzy said...

The picture of that waterfall is more than amazin'...I can't imagine how it would take your breath away in real life!!!

What a beautiful area Miss Betsy!

Your Dad's 100...girl, ya come from good stock!!! Heeehehehe!

God bless ya and have a beautiful weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Daisy said...

Those waterfalls are gorgeous, Betsy. It does look a little chilly there. I hope you enjoy your break.

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

Betsy & George, enjoy your break from blogging - it's good to catch up on those things that need doing around the home and yard. We all know how much time blogging can take up. Sometimes a holiday at home can be therapeutic.
Enjoyed this lots of photos too!

Andrea said...

I love that waterfall Betsy, the first one looks like a lady in gown, a whitelady actually, a ghost! hahaha!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"Joyful Reflections" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors to here.

http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2012/05/sunday-drive.html

Dana Koogler said...

Nice trip! Thanks for sharing it. Don't know if you were aware or not, but there is a BIG addition to Fall Creek Falls State Park. Kenny and I found it quite by accident last Summer. We hiked to the other two waterfalls. Wheeler Falls and Hemlock Falls. Both worth it, but Hemlock Falls trail was sketchy to find. There is no official trail with markers. Finding it takes some bushwhacking skills. We need to go back to see the Medley Arch and Crusher Hole. Then we'll be caught up. Unless they add more! Hugs! Dana Bee

Ann Nichols said...

Cold foggy days are extra nice to see when the sun is hot and the land is dry! Thanks for the lovely photos and for sharing your beautiful adventures!
Blessings!
Ann

Beth said...

hey there. i'm coming over to follow your blog now. saw these photos & had to stick around for a bit. checking things out. asked to be your friend on facebook too. have a great evening. big hugs. (:

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Betsy,
I just love your amazing blog with so much to see in your travels and pictures...
I also love to see you both together, George and you, look like romantic song-birds or teenagers in love.
Your State is gorgeous!!
Your dearest father's birthday celebrating his 100th Anniversary of his birth, glorious date, and blessed his beautiful heart, is awesome!! You are very blessed, sweet Betsy. You deserve to take a good break with your camera and rest with your love bird. We used to go to Applebee's with our friends in North Carolina long ago..Lovely place for gathering!!
Thank you for sharing your love with the world, sweetheart Betsy!!
I'll see you when you return.
God keeps blessing you, and those you love!! Say Happy Birthday to your father from an American Poet & Song-Writer, Starry Dawn.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I never get tired of seeing your gorgeous photos of waterfalls and flowers!!
Enjoy your blog break!

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots! Enjoy your blogging break - real life is much more fun! (mostly)

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
What awesome photos of Fall Creek Falls. I love all the photos. The wildflowers are very pretty, too. Beautiful posting!

Snapper II said...

I enjoy following your trips. Fantastic thanks for sharing.

Grandma Bonnie said...

I just love all the amazing photos. I hope you enjoy your little blog break.

Melanie said...

GReat photos! How exciting. .to be 100!! I just lost my dad at age 62 in March. .he would have been 63 3 weeks later. .that first birthday without them is hard. .no matter how long it has been! Blessings to your family!!

imac said...

Grreat shots but love your 1st shot.
ENJOY.

kathy b said...

We went to Fall Creek to see the waterfall about 10 years ago. We got lost on the way. If it weren't for the ladies at the Cut n Curl who were open late on a thursday night we may never have arrived there. Once there we saw a man take a ladel full of melted cheese and pour it over green beans and eat it.......
we still laugh. Love your images..>

Wendy said...

You guys left your cameras at home????? I don't believe it! LOL! Oh well, you'll have a good time anyway. Maybe it's time to just relax and enjoy (or maybe you could borrow somebody's camera). LOL!
Love your pics, especially the waterfalls.
Enjoy

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Fall Creek is such a beautiful place! So glad Dad Adams is doing well.

In Love With Sunflower said...

The park is gorgeous! The waterfall was breathtaking... the wild flowers must be a pleasant surprise for all of you too as you discovered it while walking.

You are blessed to have a 100-year old father! This brings back happy memories of my great-grandmother who lived until 101 in 2001. I loved her so much! She was the kindest, sweetest person I knew who was never grumpy despite her old age.

the cuby poet said...

Hi there. Some gorgeous waterfalls as ever you seem to know where to visit and then share with us,your readers. Thanks so much. Enjoy your blog break.

BlueShell said...

Amazing photos...and a lovely couple...God Bless you two
BShell

Putz said...

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Beth said...

Hi there, Betsy. My goodness, I really must head up to Fall Creek Falls someday---it is so gorgeous. As always, your photos capture the beauty of that area wonderfully. I hope you and George are enjoying your blog break. I look forward to your posts when you return to the blogosphere!

By the way, the sunrise photo in your header is truly magnificent.

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Annie said...

My gosh, are you two ever home? I'm exhausted. LOL

Janie said...

I love the first photo of the waterfall. Hope you and George have had a good week.

Connie Arnold said...

I love waterfalls and wild flowers! Your photos are great, Betsy. How amazing that your father is 100! Hope you are having a good blog break.