Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New favorite walking place, gorgeous morning and valley vista

A series of photos from last Sunday in chronological order.

- This is the Chatuge Dam recreation area and the view from the parking spaces.  My sister and I took each other to our favorite walking places, the Rhododendron Gardens on Saturday (my favorite) and the Chatuge Dam walking trail on Sunday (her favorite).  An early morning walk with the promise of breakfast out after.  :)

- Chatuge Dam is a flood control and hydroelectric dam operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s.  So nice of them to include this 1.5 mile walking path, which was in heavy use on this gorgeous morning.

- We ran into a neighbor on the return trip and I amused myself by photographing these wooden motor boats, while sister patiently listened.  (The neighbor was in full griping mode, so I removed myself from that.)  :)  Neighbor's husband said the wooden boats were having a parade later that day.

- Sister stopped her car so I could photograph this valley vista on the way back up the mountain to her house.  A crop has been planted in this field that I'll get to see growing next time I'm there this summer.   Lucky people living in that white house; they get to see that view all the time.

As always - click photos to enlarge.

15 comments:

Leonora said...

Oh I love your weekend! Beautiful vistas, good walks, far away from the work week, and quality sister time. It doesn't get much better than that!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

That is such a very Beautiful place....I love that this Dam was built in the 1940's---so very many great things were created in the late '30's and early '40's by the TVA and other Goverment Agency;s like it....I hope your Breakfast out was as good as your walk around the Dam! A GOOD Weekend, my dear!

Joanne said...

I'm so glad the weather is good enough for fun and scenic walks!

TALON said...

I wanted to climb inside the computer screen and just sit awhile, Lynn.

Elephant's Child said...

What beautiful places you and your sister claimed for your R and R. I love you stepping back from the griping neighbour too.

Lee said...

I'll have my gripe about people who love to gripe. Some seem to get much enjoyment out of griping; while others get none from having to listen to their griping!! lol

I wouldn't mind to be sitting beside the water somewhere right now! I think I might go and fill up the bird bath and sit next to it!!

Granny Annie said...

It all looks perfectly peaceful and serene.

Riot Kitty said...

Gorgeous scenery! I admire you - you removed yourself from the griping, whereas I'd probably just tell them to piss off ;)

Snaggle Tooth said...

What a pretty place n gorgeous sky! We could use a little flood controls around here lately-
Poor neighbor stressed out. Sometimes getting distracted to more pleasant things is totally worth it.

Lynn said...

Leonora -

Exactly - it really was perfect. Even when the loud band cranked up at the restaurant on Saturday night - we kept our sense of humor about it. :)

Naomi -

It is beautiful, with just the nicest people in the world.

Yes - breakfast was good. And I appreciate that TVA work, for sure. It was a good weekend.

Joanne -

It looks gloomier in those iPhone photos that it actually was. It did finally rain in the afternoon though.

Talon -

A great compliment - thank you!

Lynn said...

Elephant's Child -

She's back home now in Florida, where she says it's "like a sauna." It was 94 degrees with high humidity yesterday in Atlanta, too. Miss those mountain temps.

Lee -

lol! I hope you filled the bird bath and sat next to it. Funny!

Granny Annie -

Very much so.

Riot Kitty -

I might have told her what I thought (in a nice way, of course), but she's my sister's mountain neighbor, so I just detached. :)

Snaggle -

I know - water, water everywhere, right? Hope you are doing well this week.

Mama Zen said...

Lovely pictures!

Sparkling Red said...

Lucky people indeed! I would be willing to sacrifice the convenience of the 24 hour grocery store steps from my door for that view.

Fireblossom said...

Avoid gripers! They make their misery yours!

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

Thank you!

Sparkling Red -

Me, too. :)

FB -

So true!