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Monday, April 18, 2016

Short Vacation to the Smokies (April 6--8, 2016)

Cades Cove ---a "not-to-miss" area in the Smokies!
George and I enjoy spending a few fun-filled days in our Smoky Mountains (which are only about 2 hours from where we live).  BUT--we like to go there during the 'off-seasons' when the traffic is not horrible and when there are not many people.  HOWEVER,  we blew it this year --by going the first week of April... There were TONS of people around (due to Spring Breaks in various states/areas I guess)---and it felt almost like it feels when one goes there during the summer!!!!

BUT--we didn't let that stop us from having a great time... We spent two nights at one of our favorite old Gatlinburg motels (Rocky Waters).   We enjoyed a couple of fantastic dinners while there (one at the Ole Mill in Pigeon Forge and one at the Applewood Farmhouse in Sevierville).... 

We hiked (DID WE EVER HIKE!!!!) for two days.  One was our visit to Cades Cove including the hike to Abrams Falls..  We finished that day with about 7.5 miles on our FITBITS.  Then the next day,  we drove to Cosby and hiked to Hen Wallow Falls.  That day we completed over 6.3 miles...   (Talk about being TIRED once we got home!!!! ha)

On our last day,  we spent the morning at one of our favorite RELAXATION spots in the Smokies,  Greenbriar.  George enjoyed taking his fabulous water shots --and I enjoyed sitting on a big rock enjoying nature all around me.

One last thing we did before heading home was stopping in Sevier County to see the Harrisburg Covered Bridge.  We were on the back roads between Cosby and Sevierville (trying to avoid the traffic) ---so we just HAD to stop and see this historic bridge.

Today I'll share some pictures of this wonderful trip...  Sometimes,  it is just FUN to get-away ---even for a few days!!!  Hope you enjoy this set... The picture at the top is at gorgeous CADES COVE in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.. IF you look closely, you can see deer grazing in the field.

Another picture at Cades Cove;  If/when you visit here,  take an entire day to stop all along the way, and visit all of the wonderful history about the people many years ago who lived in this valley.

Here's one more old cabin in Cades Cove.

The hike to Abrams is pretty--although quite long if you are not used to longer hikes. 

George got "up close and personal" with Abrams Falls.  See him there?

Here is one of George's FANTASTIC waterfall pictures.  This is Abrams Falls in Cades Cove,  Great Smoky Mountain National Park (4-6-16).

Here is a picture of us at Abrams Falls. 

The next day (4-7-16),  we hiked to Hen Wallow Falls.  The trail was pretty along creeks and rhododendrons, but the elevation change is wicked.  I got more 'floors' (stairs/hills) on my FITBIT than I have ever gotten (142) on a single day, since we got our devices in May last year.  The good news was that it was downhill most of the way back!!!!! ha

Again,  I captured George climbing all over the big boulders to get a good picture of Hen Wallow Falls.

This is one of the awesome pictures George captured on 4/7/16  of Hen Wallow Falls, near Cosby,  in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Here's a picture of George and me at Hen Wallow Falls.  There was another family nearby who sorta took over the area --so we didn't have a good place for our pictures... BUT--we had some lunch there and enjoyed ourselves anyhow.

The last day (4/8/16),  we visited Greenbriar in the Smokies.  George turned around when I hollered at him.  He was busy taking more and more pictures of that glorious water in that area.

Here's one of George's terrific pictures from Greenbriar (4/8/16).   We LOVE being there.  My kids used to swim in this area. 

Of course,  we just had to take our picture together in Greenbriar.   After those long hikes on the previous two days,  it felt good just RELAXING and enjoying nature.

The Historic Harrisburg Covered Bridge,  Sevier County, TN
After leaving Greenbriar,  we stopped to see this beautiful covered bridge (which they still use).  This bridge was originally built in 1875...   Amazing!!!!

Here's one more picture of this well-kept Covered Bridge.  It's not far from the hustle and bustle of Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg.  SO---if you are ever in that area,  do not miss this beauty!!!!

Well---that was our little trip in a nutshell!!!!  We accomplished everything we had intended to do:  lots of hiking,  seeing waterfalls,  good food and just relaxing and enjoying one another...

Have a wonderful week.  Can you believe that it's almost MAY?  And --we are headed out soon for another short trip!!!!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Pictures from our Nightly Walks along the Golf Course Cart Path

Thanks to my son and his wife's encouragement and information,  George and I bought FITBITS the middle of May --and have been working hard at our exercise and overall health since then.  We've always tried to be 'fairly' active --but not on a consistent basis.  NOW---we both try to get over 10,000 steps each day six days a week (taking one day off--usually Saturdays).

We now follow a fairly regular routine ---walking about 30 minutes each morning,  then working in the yard or in the house during the afternoons,  and then taking a 2.5 mile walk each evening just before dark.  In fact,  it is usually dark by the time we get back home,  but we take our little headlights with us for the last part of the walk if needed. 

Because we live on a Golf course (NO--we do not play golf---ha),   we have a perfect place to walk AFTER the golfers finish for the day.  We walk the back nine holes along the cart path --and it is a gorgeous place to walk.  It is very hilly---but even our morning walks are up and down steep hills.  We live in the mountains --so there's not many 'flat' places around!

One thing we love to do is to take pictures along the way when we walk.  We've taken a bunch since we began about 2.5 months ago ---so tonight I will share some of them with you.  Hope you enjoy our walks as much as we do!   Don't you love the sky in the picture above,  with the reflection in the water?

This blue line shows you the path that we follow along the golf course.  Where you see the words,  "recorded track"--that is our home,  where we begin.  Sometimes we walk to the right and around and sometimes,  to the left....  The area looks flat,  but believe me --it is NOT... ha

This is a beautifully landscaped golf course!

Sometimes we stop and pick some wild blackberries to put on our breakfast yogurt/cereal.

This PINK cloud reminded me of my two great friends,  Susan and Reida.  Both of them are gone from this world now --but they told me that they'd be watching from a pink cloud.  Oh how I miss them both, but I smiled when we saw this cloud knowing that they were up there watching down.

This little area is called Sneads Canyon --and a little creek flows through this area --especially after a big rain!

We see gorgeous sunsets ---and every night is DIFFERENT.

This was taken one of the FEW times we got up at the crack of dawn and walked in the morning.. It is pretty that time of day also --but since we stay up late at nights,  we prefer walking in the evening. 

We have watched two little fawns grow QUICKLY the past couple of months.  I love the deer --as long as they don't feast on our flowers!!! ha

We even walk in the rain and FOG ---as long as it is not storming!!!

Another beautiful sunset picture

Sunbeams behind the clouds;  I love skies like this!

Then on July 30,  we had the gorgeous "NOT-BLUE" but Beautiful FULL MOON to follow us all along our path.... How awesome is that!!!!!

This is how dark is was that night (July 30)--as we made our way home.  See the moon glistening in the water????   Made me think of the song: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"!!!!!

Then on Friday,  August 1st,  we enjoyed that full moon for one more night... Sorry the picture (with my iPhone) is a little grainy/noisy ---but I wanted you to see how beautiful it was that evening.
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things we see when we walk each night.  As I said,  we are both working hard on staying healthy.  I am maintaining my weight (since I don't need to lose much more) ---but I am 'firming' up some of this crazy old-lady-flab.... ha... George wanted to lose some weight --and he has lost over 25 pounds just by eating healthier and exercising... Thanks be to God.

Hope you are all well and staying healthy also!


Monday, April 27, 2015

APRIL 21st---Special Day for George and Me

On April 21,  2001---George and I went to Fall Creek Falls State Park,  Tennessee,  on a 'date'....  Even though our FIRST date had been just a short time before, on March 29,  I think that we both knew by this time that we were falling in love ---and wanted to spend our lives together.   SO--it was at Fall Creek Falls where these true feelings for each other came out  (since I got my FIRST KISS)!!!!!  Not only did our love for each other grow with each passing hour,  Fall Creek Falls is also where our love of waterfalls and hiking began.  SO---we visit that special place each April 21st ---and just enjoy a day of CELEBRATION....

Today,  I'll share some pictures from that day in 2001 and similar pictures taken this year on our day at Fall Creek Falls  (14 years later)...  SO much has happened in these 14 years,  but our love just continues to grow and grow.

Hope you enjoy seeing these pictures from our very very special day!!!!

Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls on April 21, 2001

Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls,  April 21, 2015;  More water!!!!  Also--helps to have a better camera!!!!! 

Betsy at Fall Creek Falls,  April 21, 2001

Betsy at Fall Creek Falls,  April 21,  2015  (much cooler weather in 2015)

George at gorge overlook,  April 21, 2001

George at the same overlook,  April 21, 2015

Betsy at gorge overlook,  April 21, 2001;  I'm sure you are going to ask about the GREEN SOCKS... WELL---I had a green top on when we first got there,  but the weather was so warm that I took it off...  Hence--the GREEN SOCKS with a black outfit  (which has been a joke with us for 14 years---ha ha )

Me at that same overlook on April 21, 2015;  NO GREEN SOCKS this year! ha

George at another gorge overlook on April 21, 2001

George,  the photographer,  at the overlook,  April 21, 2015

Betsy --doing what I do A LOT:  SITTING on a ROCK:  April 21, 2001 (don't know where those black shoes came from --but they looked better than the white keds with GREEN socks!!!???? ha ha)

Me --14 years later,  STILL sitting on a rock!!! This year,  I wore my hiking boots --which I didn't even have at that time in 2001...   (photo taken April 21, 2015)

Even with the green socks on, on April 21, 2001,  I was trying to act as if I was not afraid on that Swinging Bridge.  (Trying to impress the man, I guess.. ha)

BUT---even though I'm not crazy about Swinging Bridges that sway back and forth,  I did manage to walk across this one again on April 21, 2015.

Betsy and George at Fall Creek Falls  (Cane Creek Cascades) on April 21, 2001

Fourteen years later,  here we are --at the Cane Creek Falls Overlook,  April 21, 2015

FINALLY,  this is George Hole --where I got my first kiss.  We were sitting on a blanket here looking at pictures from his trips to China.  THEN--as George says it,  he 'stole' a kiss..  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!!!! Talk about WONDERFUL!

 Here is a picture of US at George Hole (at Fall Creek Falls State Park) on April 21, 2015 ---where I still enjoy receiving a kiss (like we have done when we have come here these past 14 years).

I hope that George and I have MANY more April 21sts to CELEBRATE...  Fall Creek Falls State Park is a very special place for us,  and I'm sure that we will continue to go back as often as we can.

Some other important '2001 firsts' for us on this journey:  4/26--George 'unofficially' asked me to marry him;  4/27--I met more of G's family;  May 7--I got my ring, and George 'officially' asked me to marry him--in front of a BIG group of people;  May 12--we decided our wedding date;  May 13--George met two of my three sons....

We got married on Jun 23, 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee, having a small ceremony beside  the water with family.  It has been a marvelous 14 years ---and I thank George Adams for coming into my life and making me such a blessed and extremely happy woman!!!!!  I love you,  Sweetheart!