Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header Picture for August is a photo I took when we were at Biltmore Estate on 7/23/20. This picture was taken across the lake --with the back of the Biltmore Mansion in the background.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Come with us and get some Exercise!

Want a little exercise????  Join us on a couple of short HIKES.
 Dear Friends/Family,   When we were at Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway west of Asheville, NC (from June 15-18),  we took time every day to get some exercise.   Today,  I'm featuring what we did on June 17.   Hope you enjoy our hikes!!!



First of all,  we have to get there!!!!!  We count on our pretty Prius to take us on our journey!!!! NOW-- Think back to June 17, 2020 (which is the day we were there)!




It's a little CHILLY and DRIZZLY this morning --so don't forget to bring your Rain Jackets!!!




We drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway heading east from Pisgah Inn.  We stopped at an overlook and took a SHORT hike on the Mountains to Sea Trail  (which is a LONG trail from Clingman's Dome in the Smoky Mountains all of the way to the Outer Banks,  NC)...




Along that trail,  George is waiting for me to take pictures of the beautiful Mountain Laurel in bloom  (which will be another post).




A smiling old woman --who is enjoying being out in nature on the Mountains to Sea Trail!




We then hopped back in our Prius and headed east of Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit an absolutely beautiful waterfall, not too far from Mt. Mitchell.  This was the beginning of that trail.




Isn't this creek gorgeous?  The 1.2 mile (.6 each way) to the waterfall was a nice hike up an old logging road.  I always love hearing the sound of rushing water when we hike in the woods.   Are you still with us????




George is anxious to see that waterfall.   (We had seen it a couple of times --many years ago.)




My first view of that amazing cascade, named Roaring Fork Falls.  My waterfall book says that we are at an elevation here of 3,080 feet and that the cascade is about 45 feet high.




You should hear the sound of that rushing water.    I would love to put up a tent and just stay here all night....




I sat on a rock while George took pictures with his tripod.   Such incredible beauty!!!




Here is one of George's awesome pictures of Roaring Fork Falls.  I love the 'silky' water! 




This is another of George's photos --but this one is zoomed in a bit (so that you can see how much water was flowing down that cascade).  




Like we always do,  we used the tripod to get some pictures of us together...   
I hope you enjoyed our two hikes today!!!!!  Do you feel better now that you got some exercise?  Hope you are hungry!  After our marvelous day,  we were ready for some dinner... SO--we drove into Asheville --and ate at one of our favorite restaurants,  The Moose Cafe.....They have the best home-made biscuits with their home-made Apple Butter.... YUM!!!!

Well,  I guess it's time to head back to Pisgah Inn and have some hot tea on the balcony.... Want some?

The hike is over --and we are now (7/13/20)  'back to the grind' at home!!!!!  Hope your week is GREAT...  I get my yearly Mammogram tomorrow and then on Wednesday,  George visits our Eye Doctor (to hopefully get help for his failing eyesight)....

Hugs,
💚💕💚Betsy💚💕💚

33 comments:

William Kendall said...

The cascade is a delight!

Big Dude said...

I doubt there are many folks who enjoy the mountains more than you two.

Ann said...

What a wonderful trip. That waterfall is beautiful. Those trails just look so inviting. Dinner sounds good too though, I'm hungry :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Thank you for taking us along on your wonderful hikes. Such beauty, I can almost feel being there. The earthy smell, the damp, the cool, hear the water, enjoy the peace.

Have a great week dear Betsy and George ~ FlowerLady

Agnieszka Mikołajczyk said...


Lovely photos.

Dee said...

I so enjoyed your hike!!! I love, love little creeks, streams and waterfalls and I would have loved to be on that hike with ya all. Thanks for taking us along. God Bless.

George said...

That was a wonderful day for two very nice hikes, although I enjoyed Roaring Fork Falls the most. I uust admit, though, that dinner was pretty awesom as we...

Arkansas Patti said...

Loved the white water and could almost hear it. What is more relaxing?

Sharon said...

My goodness, I think you've got one I've never seen! We stayed at Pisgah Inn a few times and always hiked, but I don't remember Roaring Fork falls. Will have to check my book and remedy that! Thought of you a couple of weeks ago when I met my two nieces at Zaxbys in Crossville for the great wedding veil exchange! My youngest niece is getting married and will be the fifth person to wear my veil. I think that's pretty cool!

Connie said...

Beautiful photos of your hikes, Betsy. Thanks for the exercise and fresh air!

linda m said...

Thanks for a great hike and all the great scenery.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What beautiful places to get out and enjoy nature AND exercise. I too would love to sleep in a tent next to a river, but then again, I'd probably never stop having to pee.:)
You two are so inspiring with your love of nature and constant exercise.
Best of luck with your mammo and George's eye appointment; I hope both have good outcomes.

Marcia said...

Beautiful hike. Looks like the hard rain held off for you.
I'm surprised you don't have a hiking stick. I have one from LL Bean that I can screw my camera to the top of.

I sent you a response by email to your question on my blog about "selling" this apartment.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Betsy,

What a wonderful hike. The waterfall looks beautiful. I always enjoy seeing you and George out and about on your hikes. Beautiful photos!
Take care! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Your header is gorgeous! This exercise has made me feel better already! This is the wildest creek I have ever seen. And Roaring Fork Falls must have really been roaring. Please let me know what the eye doctor says about George. and the results of your mammogram when you get them.

David said...

Betsy, Great photos but at this point with my knees as they are, you'll have to hike for me too! Love the creek, rapids and waterfall. Best of luck to George with his eye exam! Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Barb said...

Betsy, I enjoyed the photos from both of the hikes. Such a scenic location. Glad you could get away for a bit. Good luck with the medical appointments.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Thanks for allowing me to tag along on these hikes. The scenery was amazing and your company was just what I needed.

Betsy said...

That was such a beautiful hike and the falls are just gorgeous. You two are brave staying in Inn's. We're planning a drive to Nebraska soon but are taking our little trailer to sleep and eat in.
Thanks for taking us along today.
Blessings,
Betsy

Shug said...

Woo....I'm tired. LOL. Beautiful hikes....beautiful scenery. And...the food sounds delicious! Biscuits and apple butter, just doesn't get any better than that....

Deb said...

Hi Betsy. What a great hike! Lovely pictures. Hope all goes well with the mammogram and eye exam. Will stop by for a visit again soon.

Chatty Crone said...

Good luck to both of you at the doctors this week.
I have to say the photo in your header - is one of the most gorgeous photos I have ever seen - what a masterpiece God created and you captured. All the layers of blue!
I wish I could hike and see those waterfalls - so pretty.
Glad you had a nice time.
sandie

Linda said...

The waterfall is gorgeous! And you look lovely too!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

HI Betsy That was a wonderful hike in beautiful scenery and one I would love to do but at present I am very frustrated with the slow healing of my torn knee ligament so I will have to make do with your images. Stay safe and have a great week.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

What awesome photos. I enjoyed the hike very much. I hope all goes well with you and your husband's medical appointments.

Liene said...

I just love that shade of green - full of so much promise!

Lady Fi said...

Good luck to George! Love the shots - looks so pleasant and relaxing.

Rose said...

Oh, I can almost feel being there! Beautiful views...love that pic of you two at the end of the post.

Betsy said...

Beautiful area. The water does look silky coming down from those rocks. Wishing you both well with your doctor appointments. Betsy

BeachGypsy said...

Absolutely beautiful hike, I loved it and loved seeing the beautiful falls and yes..........that sound......of the rushing water in the mountains is so beautiful and unforgettable. Like you, yes, pitching a tent to hear it all night would be lovely! Looks like a great hike--glad you took us along. What did the eye doctor say about his eyes??--hope that and the mammogram went well.

Anne Payne said...

What a gorgeous hike!!! Love the mountains of western NC.

diane b said...

A great way to exercise.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Betsy
What a lovely way to enjoy fresh air and exercise :)
Loved seeing your photographs.

Hoping the medical appointments went well.

All the best Jan