Showing posts with label G's BIRTHDAY 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label G's BIRTHDAY 2012. Show all posts

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Waterfall Birthday for Sure!!!

Us at Cathedral Falls
How does this sound for a great Birthday Trip:  3 full days of hiking and finding waterfalls (we found at least 25 --plus many more cascades and unnamed ones);  a great birthday dinner in the Blackwater Falls Lodge Restaurant;  AND  red velvet cake?????

That is what happened on my sweetheart's 70th birthday!!!!!   George wanted to prove to himself and others that he is really 30 (instead of 70) ----SO he managed a couple of steep bushwhacking hikes straight down (and back up) a mountain just to get some fabulous waterfall photos...  I think he really is 30..... ha

We truly had a great trip --other than that fact that we cut it one day short and drove home on Saturday rather than Sunday.  The reason for this:  The Birthday Boy got sick.  Actually both of us started with sore throats even before we went on this trip --but George's developed into some kind of an old cold or sinus infection.  He was pretty miserable on Saturday --but feels much better today... Guess we are both too old for two trips in a row.  Next year,  we'll plan a little better!!!!

If you have kept up with us on Facebook,  we posted some pictures there...  BUT--I'm sure we both will be talking about this trip (AND the Arkansas trip  AND the North Georgia mountain trip) for many, many blogs to come!!!!  Today I will share with you eight pictures.. The first four were some of the highlights of the week.  The last four are of the Birthday Boy.

Above  was a picture of us taken on March 7th at a waterfall named CATHEDRAL FALLS.   We had visited this waterfall last Fall when we were in West VA --but there was NO water coming over the falls.  This time,  as you can see,  there was plenty of water!!!  Cathedral Falls is located not far from Gauley Bridge, West VA.  Be sure to click on all of the pictures to make them larger.

Us at the Middle Falls of Hills Creek
Besides Blackwater Falls,  this set (of 3 falls) is my favorite in West Virginia.  These are called the Falls of Hills Creek.  They are located near the Highland Scenic Byway and the Cranberry Wilderness Area,  in the Monongahela National Forest,  not far from Marlinton, West VA (off of Highway 219).   The elevation here is about 3500 feet --and we saw some snow while here on that day (Thurs., March 8).   But it was a beautiful day --and a great hike. 

Me on the Highland Scenic Byway
The Highland Scenic Byway is usually closed during the winter due to snow.  BUT---this year,  like so many other places,  there has been very little snow at all.  We did see some around,  but not much. SO---we were able to drive on the byway and take lots and lots of pictures...  We were here on March 8.   The elevation ranges from 3500 to 4500 feet... This scenic area reminded me of the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Don't you just love those West VA mountains?

Us at Blackwater Falls
March 9th is George's birthday.  We stayed at the Blackwater Falls State Park lodge and visited about 12 different waterfalls in and around the Blackwater area on the 9th...  We were lucky with the weather all week ---BUT on this day,  someone opened up the freezer door and sent us some very very very cold weather.  Even though the sun was shining brightly,  the wind would just cut you in half.  The temperature that day was about 35 degrees --but the wind chill made it feel more like 25.... Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

The picture of us above was taken at Blackwater Falls on George's birthday.  Since they had the boardwalk and stairs gated in winter,  no one could get close enough to the falls.  SO---we had to take our pictures at the top.  You can see a tiny bit of Blackwater Falls in the picture.  (We did get some good pictures of the falls from the overlook across the gorge.)

Here is a picture of the little Red Velvet Cake I 'made' (straight from Walmart) for George....  (It was good though!!)

Here's a picture of George and his birthday cake.

It takes alot of 'hot air' to blow out 70 candles,  you know!!!!! ha ha ha

George always enjoys reading his birthday cards...  This was the end to a very beautiful day... Hope  my "Gorgeous Groom" enjoyed his special day as much as I did!!!!!

Hope you had a great week... Hopefully soon,  I'll be back to checking out your blogs and trying to catch up with you and your life...  Thanks for being patient with me.


Friday, March 9, 2012

The Birthday Boy

Hello on March 9, 2012.... There is a very important person in my life who was born on March 9, 1942 in Gary, Indiana.  George Emery Adams is the eldest of four children of John and Kay Adams.  George graduated from Crown Point High School,  Crown Point, Indiana, in 1960 as the Valedictorian of his class.  He graduated from Manchester College in 1963 with a BA degree in Mathematics.  He got his master's degree at the University of Illinois and worked on his doctorate at Florida State University.

George taught college for many years before going to work in the 'real world' (as he calls it) as an IT Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst.  He retired in 2006 ---and has been extremely busy ever since doing all of the things in life he didn't have time to do when he was younger (photography,  stamp collecting,  converting old vinyl records to CD's,  traveling,  hiking,  gardening,  etc.). 

George's first wife died from cancer in 1998.  They had two beautiful children,  Robert (who lives with his family in Florida) and Kelly (who lives with her husband in Buffalo, NY).

I was fortunate enough to meet this wonderful man in 2000 when we both moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee.  I had been divorced for about 20 yrs. and never dreamed I would ever meet anyone else to be a part of my life... But---God truly brought us together and we fell in love immediately and got married on June 23, 2001.

That is when life BEGAN for ME.... Meeting and marrying George has been the greatest gift I have ever had in my entire life (in addition to having my three wonderful sons).  Thanks to George Adams for coming into my life and bringing me so much happiness and love.

Today,  as you can imagine,  George and I are unavailable since we are out chasing down waterfalls!!!  BUT--if you get a minute,  go to his blog (click HERE)  and wish him a Happy Birthday--since this will be his 70th!!!!!  (Don't tell anyone --but I turn 70 also this year,  in August... Yipes!!!)

Here are some pictures I took of George this past week --while we were in Arkansas..  The first picture above was taken on a hike we took in Petit Jean State Park to Cedar Falls on March 1.  Be sure and enlarge all of the photos to see bigger pictures.

We took a hike on the Rim Trail at Mt. Nebo State Park on Wednesday (Feb. 29).  This trail followed the edge of the mountain and was quite narrow.  George never gets scared --but I was a little frightened of falling on the loose rocks.

George loves photography and will do most anything to get some creative pictures...  Can you see him down at the lakeshore (Dierks Lake) taking pictures of an old tree which had washed ashore????  We visited Panther Bluff Falls and Dierks Lake on Feb. 27.

On Tuesday,  Feb. 28,  we visited another favorite state park,  Mt. Magazine.   Mt. Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas and we love to come here to hike, check out their waterfalls and to eat dinner in their lodge restaurant.  This was the only day on that entire trip when we had a little rain (mostly drizzle) and fog..

This is another picture from our hike on the Mt. Nebo Rim Trail on Feb. 29.  Luckily,  there were some big rocks where we could stop and relax a bit!!!!

Here is a picture from our hike around all of the rock croppings in Mt. Magazine State Park on Feb. 28.  As I said,  this was the only day that it was drizzly and VERY foggy.

This picture was taken on the trail leading to Cedar Falls (in Petit Jean State Park) on March 1st.  This was the warmest day we had all week ---and we both wished while on this hike that we had had shorts and short-sleeved shirts with us!!!!!  When we got back to the car,  the temperature said 82 degrees!!!!!  Pant Pant!!!!!

Finally,  I just 'had' to include this picture.... See why I'm the luckiest woman in the entire world???????  This picture was taken at our cabin patio in the back --with a view of the valley below.

"Happy Birthday, Sweetheart....  Hope you have a wonderful day today!!!!"  AND--thanks to all of you wonderful blog friends for wishing George a Happy 70th....  Click HERE.

Have a great weekend,  and I'll see you on Monday.