The Header Picture was taken on September 9, 2017 on our recent trip out west... This picture shows the SUNSET in MONUMENT VALLEY Navajo Tribal Park, northern Arizona.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Colors in North Carolina and Tennessee --October 2017

Us on the Blue Ridge Parkway-- 10/11/17
Hello my Friends,   Guess what?    George and I just got back from another TRIP.   This was a short one though --but OH,  did we have a great time...  We had reservations at one of our favorite Inns  (MT PISGAH INN) not too far from Asheville,  North Carolina.   We stayed 3 nights  (Oct. 10-12) leaving on the 13th.

Some of you may remember our last visit here (August of 2016) when George surprised me with my Birthday Trip.   This place is so popular that it's hard to get reservations especially during October... SO---we got our reservations a YEAR ago for this past week.

We highly recommend Pisgah Inn ---if you enjoy being on the mountain (over 5000 feet in elevation) with gorgeous views from your room.... AND--their restaurant is one of the best of any similar places where we have stayed all through the years...  IF you want more information about Piscah Inn,  click HERE.

Today,   I am just picking out some of the MANY pictures we took while on that trip.... Our main reason to go this time of year was to see gorgeous FALL COLORS...  BUT--we also saw several waterfalls,   did some hiking,  and even took long rides on the back-roads in the Pisgah National Forest....

Hope you enjoy the pictures.  We still don't have much color here at home  (nothing except dead leaves on the ground)---so it was great seeing color in the mountains...

Beautiful Lake Santeetiah on Massey Branch  Access near Robbinsville,  NC -- 10/10/17  (This was taken on our way TO Mt. Pisgah and it was the only day we had RAIN.  It rained hard coming across the mountain on the Cherohala Skyway --but then quit for the rest of the trip. We had PERFECT weather for the remainder of our time there.   AWESOME.)

 A beautiful yellow/red combination of colored leaves;  I love these two colors together,  don't you?    (10/11/17)

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway--10/10/17  (after the rains!!!!)

We loved the VIEW from our room at the Pisgah Inn  --  10/11/17

A gorgeous SUNRISE from our room --10/11/17   (We saw this beauty both on the 11th and 12th --but it was foggy on the 13th, the morning we left.)

Another gorgeous view from our ROOM (balcony)  early in the morning on 10/11/17;  I love seeing FOG/Mist in the valley below.

Another pretty ORANGE tree (found on the property of Mt. Pisgah Inn)--10/11/17

George at an overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway -- 10/12/17

Driving on the unpaved 'back' roads (Forest Service Roads) is one of our favorite things to do,  not just in Autumn,  but ANY time of the year.    Getting away from the main roads is a great way to experience nature --and the AUTUMN COLORS.   Doesn't this look just like a piece of heaven?  WOW!!!!   (10/11/17)

Here's one of the MANY beautiful waterfalls we enjoyed this past week.  This beauty  has two names:  Waterfall on the West Fork of the Pigeon River  AND  Sunburst Falls.  I prefer to use Sunburst Falls.  It is located off of Highway 215  not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Devil's Courthouse.    (10/12/17)

My favorite FALL COLOR;  OH --how I love RED TREES....  (10/11/17)

Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway -- 10/10/17

Oh those gorgeous BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS --(10/12/17);   I love seeing the trees all dressed up with their new clothes on!!!!!!   This picture is just breathtaking to me!

On our way home,   we just HAD to check out 'our' GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS..  This beautiful picture was taken at an overlook just south of  Newfound Gap (which is the intersection where North Carolina and Tennessee intercept at the top of the mountain, at an elevation of over 5000 feet).  I love seeing all of the layers of mountain ranges from here...   (10/13/17)

A view along Highway 441 of the CHIMNEYS in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park-- 10/13/17;  This is where the horrible Gatlinburg fire started in November 2016.  We saw so much evidence of the damage that the fire did ---as we traveled down the mountain on the 13th.  Made me sad! BUT--nature has a way of coming back!!!!!  Hooray!

Finally,  here's another picture of a HAPPY COUPLE   enjoying AUTUMN.   This picture was taken on the Foothills Parkway near Look Rock on 10/13/17.
Hope you enjoyed seeing our pictures from this little trip.   I love Autumn ---so anytime I can travel to see beautiful colors this time of year,  I am a "happy camper" for sure!!!!!

Have a great week my Friends....


Monday, October 9, 2017

Antelope Slot Canyon Tour, Page, Arizona 9/18/17

Us inside Antelope Canyon  9/18/17  (taken by our tour guide)
Dear Friends,   OH MY GOODNESS---how do I ever explain this tour which we took while on our Western Trip to Utah/Arizona in September this year???????   I will show pictures -- and try to explain it--but it is just one thing you need to experience firsthand yourself....  Truly Amazing!!!!

We took the Chief Tsosie's  Antelope  Slot Canyon Tour on September 18  when we were in Page,  Arizona...   We chose the late afternoon tour of the Upper Canyon...   (The next time we are there,   I'd love to go on the Lower Canyon tour.)  

I had NO IDEA what we were going to experience.. I knew that we met as a group and rode on a truck WAY back on dirt roads into the deep canyon areas around Page.  I truly had no idea what a 'slot' canyon was until we got there...  I have driven in vehicles through deep canyons many times --but had never WALKED into a canyon which looked like a CAVE....   That is what we did....

BUT--the neat thing was that  even though you felt as if you were in a cave,  there were openings in the top --which made for some awesome pictures throughout.... We walked totally through the 'canyon' from one side to the next --and then back...  This was truly an experience of a lifetime for sure for me.

Hope you enjoy the pictures....  Use your imagination and you can 'see' faces or other designs throughout the canyon....  The top and bottom pictures of us were taken by our GUIDE.....

Canyon Entrance;   Betsy says:  "We are walking WHERE?"

Inside the Canyon --with the light shining through!!!   What do you see????

Beautiful designs and colors inside the canyon!

Some places,  it was darker than in other places!

Interesting colors/lighting here.... Some say this looks like the side view of a woman....

I love the colors here.

Can you see the side view of a face in this one?????

Here is a view of the path through the canyon.

Our Tour Guide,  along with a couple of people on our tour;   He talked quite a bit about how dangerous these canyons can be when it RAINS there.  They fill up with water quickly... You can see the water line --behind the guide's shoulder...   Luckily,  there was no rain when we were there.

What do you see here????   

Many groups/tours are going on at almost the same time in the canyon....  Here's a picture of some of the people.

Seems as if the BIRDS enjoy the canyon also!!!!

More pretty colors;  More beauty!!!!  Isn't this just amazing?????

Looks like a Kissie-Kissie moment to me....  What say you????

Where we came out on the 'other' side of the canyon --before going back through.

The truck we rode in when going to the Canyon 

We sat back here --in groups of about 12 (6 on each side)....    I will say that it was a BUMPY ride --but we did have seatbelts....

One more picture of US inside the canyon  (taken by our guide)....
WELL my Friends.... How many of you have ever done anything quite like this?  I had NEVER ---and am still thinking about that magnificent experience....

Hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures as much as I did sharing them with you...   IF you want more information about this tour,   click HERE.