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!!
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.