|Us at an overlook at Grandview, at the New River Gorge National River, West VA-- 6/23/14|
George and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary this past week---with a great trip to one of our favorite states, West Virginia.... Our reasons as to why we chose West Virginia: 1. not too many people around (except for one day); 2. mountainous area where it is not too hot; 3. area more rustic and not so 'touristy'; 4. place where we could do some hiking AND see some waterfalls---PLUS a really special day (which I will blog about on another day)!!!!!
First, I will show you some of the things we did on our actual anniversary date, June 23rd... Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements. Hope you enjoy seeing them!
|George and his new Tripod|
As most of you know, George gave me an incredible photo of Whitewater Falls, North Carolina (made into a huge poster to hang above our fireplace). Click HERE
if you missed that post. SO----I'll have to show you what I gave him this year. This is George's new tripod (A MeFOTO A1350) It does everything one would want --except maybe cook dinner for us!!!! It folds up to 15 inches --and he carries it in the case shown above in the picture.
|George's new Tripod--which folds up to 15 inches |
|Beautiful view of the New River Canyon area|
We hiked the Canyon Rim trail and stopped at several overlooks in order to get some great photos. (We also hiked another trail to see a tunnel --even though the tunnel was closed. BUT--we finished the day with about 5 miles total on our pedometers!)
|This is George on the trail. The trails were well-maintained overall.|
|Some very smart people had built steps among the rocks and rhododendrons in order for us to climb higher to the last overlook. |
|Amazing area as we hiked to the TOP|
|We made it up those steps!!!! George is on top of the world here!!!!|
|She's still smiling --after reaching the top of the world at Grandview!|
Have you noticed all of the 'stuff' we carry??? We are prepared for sure: our cameras and lenses; my headband and 'sweat' towel; my clip-on bug repellent thingie; my jug of water; AND a bag with other little things--protein bars, gum, tylenol, etc.... I was PREPARED!!!!! ha
|Not only did we see deer along the way, but we also enjoyed seeing many Rhododendrons and other wildflowers in bloom here.|
|How can an almost 72 yr old woman have more fun than this??????|
After those long hikes, we had some lunch and then we PLAYED!!!!!
|Not to miss out on all of the fun, George had to play also!!!!!!! YEAH!|
|White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake from Olive Garden|
Finally---after all of that hiking, we were HUNGRY!!!! SO--we drove into Beckley and went to one of our favorite restaurants, the OLIVE GARDEN. We enjoyed dinner ---AND we split a slice of that delicious cheesecake pictured above. (NOT my photo since mine didn't come out).... YUM YUM YUM.... What a great way to end a wonderful day!!! (AND ---I didn't even gain weight this week... I even lost a tiny bit!!!)
|Can you see how HAPPY she is???????|
I'll close with this photo George took of a VERY HAPPY GIRL ---enjoying a wonderful day and trip with the fantastic man in her life.... Thanks, George, for a marvelous Anniversary!!!!
Hope all of you have had a good week. I will 'try' to catch up with your blog posts as I have time!!!!! (There is always lots and lots of yardwork to be done!)