Showing posts with label BLOG BREAK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BLOG BREAK. Show all posts

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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oh the Beautiful Rocky Mountains

On June 25th,  after we visited a very HOT Arches in Utah,  we drove to the Rocky Mountain National Park  in Colorado.  What a wonderful change in climate!!!!  Wow---I love cool weather and SNOW---and got the joy of seeing both of them while we were there.

I have a 'scrillion' pictures from that ONE day...  We saw as much as we could possibly see in one day --but want to go back again.  It was incredible!!!!!  Here are a few of the pictures we took when we entered the park on the north side (Fall River entrance north and west of Estes Park).  The picture above was taken in Estes Park.  I loved seeing the reflections of the mountains in that lake...  Below are more! (Please click and enlarge these pictures for a larger view!)




Our first stop after we entered the Park was the Sheep Lake meadow.  We were hoping to see some bighorn sheep (and even checked out that area twice, again on the way out of the park)---but we didn't get lucky on that day.  Beautiful meadow though ---which you will seen later in this set (after we get up on the mountain).  YES---we headed UP (way UP) those mountains!!!!!




Next, we drove to the Alluvial Fan area and hiked to a gorgeous waterfall which cascaded all the way down the mountain.. I'll save those pictures for another post.  Then we drove to the Endovalley area (end of that road) ---and had hoped to head up the mountain on an old road, the Old Fall River Road.  However,  due to all of the snow they received this year,  that road was still closed.

SO----we headed UP the mountain on the main road, Highway 34!!!  We stopped at all of the overlooks as we headed up the mountain.  We went UP-UP-UP... The picture above is George standing at one of the overlooks.




This picture shows how high we were getting.. We were running into more and more snow the higher we went.  AND--the temperature kept going DOWN... I LOVED it...  You can see the meadow below in the distance,  that I mentioned in the 2nd photo from the top above.   And---you can see the road we took up the mountain!!!




We climbed to over 11,000 feet ---and even though the roads and overlooks were clear,  there was still LOTS of snow around. See how they banked the snow along the sides????? Remember---this was June 25!!!!




Here's another snow picture taken from the car!!!!  Can you believe this much snow in the summer????  Wow!!!!!!




Finally,  I got to get out and walk in the snow!!!!! Talk about a 'happy camper'.... This picture was taken at the Forest Canyon overlook---at 11, 716 feet AND 57 degrees!!!!!

What a gorgeous place ---and so different from the desert where we had just been...  Hope you enjoyed these photos.   I will have a Part II--III--IV,  etc... upcoming!!!!!

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George and I are VERY busy right now.. There just seems to be alot going on.  SO--we've decided to take a long BLOG BREAK.   I'm not sure what we'll be doing ---but we have plenty to do to keep us busy!!!!!   Hope you have a wonderful September --and I'll be back on September 26....

Hugs to ALL of you,
Betsy

Friday, June 10, 2011

Searching--Searching--Searching

Where in the world is BETSY????? We are searching high and low for her.  Do you have any idea where she is???


Is she out dancing????



OR  sunbathing????


OR eating?????



OR  sleeping???



How 'bout water skiing???????  (yipes)



OR----maybe she has joined the OPERA.... Ya think???



Finally,  some real help in finding her!!!  We had a visit from the one, the only Inspector Blog-a-rusky!!!!!   He spent days ---I mean minutes  (or could it have been seconds???) searching for Betsy.   He finally found the following picture hidden right in plain view:


Message to all friends:  BEHAVE and don't do anything I wouldn't do for these next 3 weeks.. I'll miss all of you!!!  Please don't forget me!!!

Hugs,

ALL pictures and illustrations (including the last one) came from the internet!