Welcome to the month of SEPTEMBER, 2015. My 'header' this month was taken on our recent trip to the Grand Tetons National Park. We took this photo on the grounds of the Chapel of the Transfiguration.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

2001 Honeymoon Cruise

Dear Blog Friends,   I am going down 'memory lane' today to share some pictures of our honeymoon in September of 2001.  As most of you know,  we were married on June 23 that year and took our cruise that September.  We flew to San Juan,  Puerto Rico---and caught the "Monarch of the Seas" (Royal Caribbean) there.  That week we visited St. Thomas,  St.  Maarten,  Antiqua,   St. Lucia,  and Barbados.  It was an awesome cruise and we loved every minute of it.

BUT--while on that Honeymoon,  something terrible happened in our dear USA...  September 11, 2001 happened.... GADS...  We got bits and pieces about the tragedy while on ship ---but didn't get the magnitude of what had happened until we headed back home on September 16.   When we got to the Atlanta Airport,  it was almost vacant.. That was the weirdest feeling I have ever had.... Needless to say,  we were glad to be home,  but so sad for our country and all of the lives that were lost.

Here are a few pictures I chose from that cruise ---and all of the side trips we were able to take that week.   Hope you enjoy the pictures!





We loved our seaplane ride over the Virgin Islands.  Look at the color of that water!



St. Lucia was BY FAR our favorite island... We loved the catamaran ride --and also the tour of the banana plantation and an active volcano.



The tour of this plantation was SO interesting at St. Lucia.



My idea of paradise!!!!!!  This picture was taken from our catamaran.



It was neat taking a ride in a submersible....  I love seeing what is deep down in the ocean... Gorgeous!



We also enjoyed this tour.  It was a beautiful church --and plantation at Barbados.



The beautiful coastline is what I remember the most about Antiqua.



See why we love St. Lucia?  SO many pictures ---and so much beauty all around!!!



We enjoyed gorgeous sunsets every evening (and sunrises every morning) from our ship.
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the MANY pictures from our Honeymoon Cruise in 2001...  I enjoyed taking you down "memory lane" today!!!

George and I both are doing fine.  We both are working hard on healthy eating and lots of exercise these days!!!! The biggest joy is our 2.5 mile walks each evening at sunset (and in darkness) around nine holes of our golf course on the cart path (AFTER the golfers leave).   One of these days I'll share some of our pictures with you from some of these nightly walks.

Hugs,

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Beautiful Drive from Tennessee to North Carolina to Georgia


As many of you know, George and I have been in Dillard, GA for a couple of days. (We're on our way home today!) We drove here to spend yesterday at Tallulah Gorge. We were here during our wedding anniversary this past June, and fell in love with this beautiful gorge and its many waterfalls.

At that time, we learned that there are a few times during the year when water is released from the dam.. Yesterday was one of those days----so we traveled here to see all of those waterfalls with TONS of water coming over them. All I can say is WOW.... Even though it rained the entire time we were there, we LOVED it... I will show pictures (since we only took about 135-- ha) soon.

Today though, I will show you some pictures taken on Tuesday on our way to Dillard. As I've mentioned several times before, when George and I travel we usually see some waterfalls along the way. That was true on Tuesday since we saw three new ones.

We had a beautiful drive through the Fontana and Franklin areas of North Carolina. Above is a beautiful picture taken from the top of the mountain on the "Tail of the Dragon" (Highway 129) between the North Carolina and Tennessee borders. You can see the Cheoah Dam in the distance. IF you saw Harrison Ford in the "Fugitive", this was the dam where he jumped. Remember????? Below are more pictures.



We saw this waterfall in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Its name is SYLVAN LAKE FALLS. There is an old mill beside the waterfalls --and includes a Bed and Breakfast.



We were looking for a waterfall named Dick's Creek Falls, but didn't find it. However, we did find a pretty cascade named WARWOMAN CREEK CASCADES. This cascade is in Clayton, GA.



This is my favorite picture (George took it) ---and my favorite waterfall of the three which we saw on Tuesday. This one (also near Clayton, GA) is named after some of my blogger friends --since its name is BECKY BRANCH FALLS. This waterfall requires a short hike UP the mountain. But--once you get to the falls, there is a little bridge where you get an 'up-close-and-personal' view.

The trail makes a loop around the area ---and I enjoyed seeing Rhododendrons and Laurels along the creek. Beautiful area!!!!



The Sugar Maples were in full bloom in Clayton, GA this week.



Here's one last picture of the beautiful mountains surrounding the Cheoah Dam. I love this picture---showing the puffy clouds. You???

As I said above, we are on our way home today from Georgia. AND --tomorrow morning we leave early (about 5 a.m.--yawn) for Jacksonville, FL. We will attend a Memorial Service for my brother on Saturday morning. We'll be home on Sunday.

Hugs,

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What is her Name????


Oh how we love our Garmin!!!!! When we bought a GPS a year or two ago, I wasn't really sure that we needed one. GEE--was I wrong!!!! The Garmin is fabulous for us --since we love traveling on back roads instead of interstates. AND---it's also great at helping us find waterfalls that may be WAY back in the woods/mountains.

It's great especially when we find short-cuts (since we usually ask the GPS to take us the shortest distance rather than the fastest way). Many times these great short-cuts are not even on maps. Recently, when we were coming from North Georgia to Knoxville, the GPS even took us a new way ---where we could by-pass Chattanooga. That was SO neat---and something we had never done before.


Most of you know that we NAME things around our home. Our car is Mrs. P (Prius); my new laptop is Polly; etc. SO---our GPS is named Miss Barbeak... You are gonna ask where in the world we got THAT name!!!! Right????? So now you know that there's a story unfolding!!!! Here it is!!


The first day or so that we got our GPS, George was busy playing with it and learning about it. He wanted to check it out---so he looked for restaurants in our area listed on the GPS.. One of those restaurants was Buddy's Barbecue.. SO---we got in the car and told the GPS to take us there. We have the GPS programmed to a little lady's voice... She took us exactly the correct way to the restaurant.. But--when we got there, she said this: "Turn right and enter Buddy's BARBEAK"...... George and I laughed and laughed ---that this poor little lady did not know about Bar-be-cue... From that day on, she received that NAME.


Wherever overseas they make these GPS's---I'm sure they try their best to get the pronunciations right, but many times, they do not... Even the name of our street (which definitely is a weird name) is hard for Miss Barbeak to pronounce. Our street name is Baltusrol Road. (It even took me awhile to learn this one!!!)... When we say the word, we run it together and put the emphasis on the 'rol'... When Miss Barbeak says it, she puts the emphasis on the "tus" part.... SO funny!!!



There have been a few times that Miss Barbeak takes us the wrong way. One time, when we were in Georgia, she tried to take us over a mountain on a road that is NO LONGER THERE.... We had driven back-back-back in the mountains --the road gradually getting bumpier and more narrow. Finally, when Miss Barbeak told us to turn left, WELL---there was NO ROAD there.... Maybe at one time there was a road there, but not now. We had to turn around and go back to the main road and tell her to 'detour'....

One time, we were driving on a back road and there was a wreck ahead of us, so they had the road closed. We just told Miss Barbeak to find another way---and she did. WONDERFUL!!!

The best thing for George is when he can tell Miss Barbeak to "SHUT UP"---and she doesn't even get mad. Besides his mother and daughter, George has THREE women in his life: me, Mrs. P, and Miss Barbeak..... There's only one of us who will talk back to him. Wonder which one that is?????? ha ha ha
IF you travel alot --especially if you enjoy the back roads, get a Garmin. Don't waste your money on a cheaper one because they will only tell you enough to get you confused!!!!! Garmin should give us some money for advertising for them---but this really is a GREAT GPS.

Hugs,