To borrow the language from some of my favorite cooking shows, this vacation had a lot of different components to it, which added to the complexity and the “flavor” of the experience!
Who flies across the country to spend three days with a person they’ve never met? Only a blogger, I think! Of course, I ‘knew’ Sharon from reading her blog for the past two years, and I felt that we would get along well, and I was right! Sharon was such a gracious hostess. She has written all about our time together, so I will not elaborate here, except to say THANK YOU once again to Sharon for her time and generosity. Sharon and I developed a really fabulous muffin recipe that I will share in a separate blog.
Here’s a picturama of our hike in the Smokey Mountains!
Everything is so green in Tennessee–I love it! Kind of a young green, if you know what I mean.
We saw this deer in the middle of the stream, which seemed so unusual. Later, when she moved, we could see that she looked pregnant? Hormones, maybe?
These little log bridges were a bit scary!
I have a bit of an obsession with stumps. Isn’t this beautiful, though?
And we made it to the waterfall!!
I loved that you could get right up next to the waterfall!
And photographic proof that we were there! You know, I think these national parks underestimate their mileage by quite a bit. It sure seemed a lot longer than 5 miles round trip to me! But worth every single step.
Next, Sharon and I drove to Nashville to spend the day with Cammy. What fun! (and why is everyone TALLER and THINNER in person than I thought they were?) Hey, nobody says to me “You’re taller and thinner than I thought you were LOL.” I guess nobody imagined that I was 4′ 8″ and 110 pounds? Anyway, we had another great day, and Cammy wrote all about it here, so I won’t try to improve on her report.
We went to the Opryland Hotel, which was a mammoth place, and included INDOOR waterfalls!
And gorgeous flower plantings.
It would have been just plain weird if Cammy and I had met and frozen yogurt was NOT included. This was CiCi’s, and it was really delicious. And much more decorated than most of the froyo places I’ve been!
I had a day to recuperate from all the festivities, and then an old friend from my spinning and knitting days drove up to meet me in Nashville. The last time we saw each other was in 2003, when we had the great experience of co-teaching (actually I was assisting her) at a national spinner’s conference. It was like no time had passed at all, and we had so much fun talking dogs and knitting and life. We went to a gorgeous yarn shop, and I spent too much money, and then we went to a big mall and sat in the courtyard and knitted and talked some more. What a great day.
And then the quilt show tour began.
If you can stand it, come back for more tomorrow! I know I included a ton of photos, but I came home with 400 pictures on my camera, so consider yourselves lucky LOL.
That yarn shop looks amazing!!!
Sorry, I got distracted. What I meant to say was “Tennessee looks beautiful, of course you would find a stump, glad you had such a good time meeting the other bloggers, everyone looks wonderful, can’t wait to see the muffin recipe…” – but oh, that yarn shop!!!
LOL, those pictures were just for you!
“Of course you would find a stump?” I wonder if I have a psychological disorder LOL?
LOL! You DO have a thing for them, and I love that you see the beauty in stumps. 🙂
Pretty, pretty, pretty! What a wonderful trip and how nice to meet some bloggies in person. When is your trip to New York? I know you have one planned…
Maybe in 2014, on a stopover on my way to England (that’s where I’m hoping to visit in 2014)
Loved the photo tour! My fav was the indoor waterfall… ooooh. 🙂
I know what you mean about the mileage at State Parks and National Parks etc…..i think they must mean ‘As the crow flies” lol. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. Hugs! deb
Wow! What gorgeous photography. Makes me want to wander. Welcome home. Looking forward to the quilts.
Wow, you’ll need to sleep for days to recover from this and just think, this report only covers the first half of it! We did have a great time. We looked forward to it for so long and it went by so fast!
Love the first half of this report! I can attest that the muffins are delish!
Oh, and I’m never being photographed sitting down again. 🙂
so pleased you had a great time and met lovely girls,looking forward to the quilt photos.
so what is this about coming to england?
The guy that runs the rug hooking camp that I go to mentioned that he might like to lead a tour through England in 2014. Since he enjoys a lot of the same things I do (fiber arts, food, James Herriot) I would really like to go and see England then.
Maybe we could plan a blogger meet-up–wouldn’t that be fabulous–an international blogger meet-up!!
Looks like it was a trip to remember! So glad you had a great time.