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Archive for March 13th, 2009

Our friends, Nancy and Bob, spent last week in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  Nancy sent me some gorgeous pictures and a recap of their trip. If you’ve never been to this area, her description and pictures will make you want to go.  Thanks Nancy for such a lovely “virtual tour”.

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A View From the Balcony. The Smokey Mountains

“So, we are back from Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains are gorgeous, even in winter!  One day we took a drive through the mountains to Asheville, NC (they extend through Tennessee AND North Carolina, which i didn’t know) and stopped at the house Bob’s folks used to live in.  Very sweet trip.  We chose a terrific week to be there, weather-wise.  Sunday we had trouble getting out as we purposely chose a flight thru Atlanta thinking we’d never have a problem w/weather – – boy, were we ever wrong!  Atlanta airport was shut down because of SNOW! ….. we got onto flights from Buffalo thru Detroit (where it was clear and dry!) arriving about 3:30 instead of our supposed 11:15 am.  …… The rest of the week couldn’t have gone better.  Our place at Wyndham Smoky Mountainswas 1100 sf of beautiful comfort w/a balcony overlooking Mt. LeComte, one of the highest peaks in the range.  It had snowed in Tennessee also on Sunday, so Monday when we explored Gatlinburg 

Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, TN

 it was chilly (35), but the snow-covered beauty was spectacular.  We went up in a chair lift and it was just gorgeous.  And the next day it was gone, so we really felt privileged to see it that way.  Tuesday was near 50 and Wednesday near 60; Thursday, Friday and Saturday were high 60s,low 70s and bright sunshine every day.  I dearly would’ve liked another couple of days…  we spent my birthday in the National Park,

On the way to the National Park

On the way to the National Park

Inside the Ntl. Park

Inside the Ntl. Park

Waterfall in the Park

Waterfall in the Park

hiking and exploring the waterfalls which were seriously rushing.  I got b’day kisses from an almost 4-yr. old golden retriever “Sage” and more kisses later from a beautiful reddish brown horse w/white blaze out in a field.  I was missing my boy DJ, but those encounters helped a little!

Cades Cove

Cades Cove, a gorgeous section,settled back in early 1800s. This place must be truly spectacular in fall.

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the view from the skylift in Gatlinburg

That looked like a great trip! I just have one question… Where’s the food? What did you eat? Was it good?  ….. I’ll get those details later. 🙂 

My favorite pictures are the first and the last one:  Smoky Mtns. from the balcony and the view from the skylift. They look surreal. Most importantly though – HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANCY!    

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The St. Patrick’s Day parade is this weekend in Utica and Syracuse.  Syracuse throws quite the celebration but it’s almost an hour away so we probably won’t venture out to their parties.  If we go out, we’ll see what happy faces we can find in Utica. Places are crowded and it typically centers around one street, Varick Street.  Sure Tiny’s Grill has specials and that does get a crowd, but the bars are lined up on Varick so naturally that’s the popular place.

 

We don’t drink much, and I don’t really like beer so we’ll see how bored we get tomorrow and if the “symptoms” are severe, we will get our “green” on.

Shane gettin' his "Green On"

Shane gettin' his "Green On"

 

I was alone in the gym this morning. No Ted.  He took a day off.  I did an easy “recovery” workout. 35 minutes of working biceps then Shane and I went for a 4 miler down the Parkway.

Breakfast was 1/2 a grapefruit, Smooth Banana shake with FUZE, and a mixture of Cream of Rice and Cream of Rye hot cereals with my Sugar Cookie tea bag, cinnamon,  peanut butter, and raisins.

It’s off to a fun filled Friday. Hope yours is!

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I forgot to insert my breakfast pic at home and it looks a little crappy because it had to be printed, scanned and uploaded at work – such a to do and all I got was a crappy, grainy image. 😦 Oh well – TGIF for sure!

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