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I’m a Sunrise!

I found this little quizzie thingy at Barb’s place~A Chelsea Morning~and decided I wanted to see where I fit in the day. Barb is also a Sunrise so I feel I’m in good company. How about you?

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You’re often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is – not for how it should be.
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An Adventure!

From time to time, Hubby and I enjoy taking day trips to nearby attractions. One such attraction is Crabtree Falls. You may have heard of it if you were a fan of the TV show The Waltons. Although not shown on the series, it was mentioned several times, usually in reference to a Sunday outing. For several weeks we had planned to go but it seems something always prevented the trip. So over the Thanksgiving weekend, we decided to give it another try.

Friday we hoped in Ole Bess (an older model that looks like a boat but rides like a limo) and headed up the road. We turned off the main highway and headed up the secondary road that leads up the mountain. The road is a very steep climb full of switchbacks. About half way up we noticed the engine was getting hot. Hubby pulled off the road, took an empty bottle and went down to a small stream to get water for the radiator. He was quite winded upon his return. It too was a very steep climb.

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Old Bess

After the engine cooled down, we started back up the mountain again. We hadn’t gone but about a mile further when it happened again. After pulling off and letting the engine cool down, we decided we maybe should put off our trip again. We nursed the car home, stopping several more times to let it cool and once more we were able to get more water to aid the process.

Saturday morning came and being determined to complete our excursion, we got in the truck and took off again. It was a much easier trip this time. On the way up the mountain, I set the camera to the action setting and held it out the window to capture this view.

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View of the ride up

Prior to arriving to the Falls, there are several camp sites along a nearby creek. This offers another wonderful view. Despite the fact that it’s November, there were actually quite a few people camping~the temps having been up in the upper 60s the last few days. With the amount of rain we’ve had recently, all the rivers and streams were filled to capacity.

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Stream

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The climb begins here

Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is six miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Crabtree Falls Trail is 3 miles long. The Falls feature a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. As you begin the journey up, you find this warning.

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You MUST be careful!

As you can see from some of these pictures, this is not a climb for individuals who only do it on occasion (of which I am one). We only went as far as the second outlook. That’s right-the Trail is also full of lots of switchbacks so you are not next to the Falls the entire climb. Since the leaves are all off the trees, the views are spectacular!

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Small portion of the Falls

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Sheer rocks

I did some research on the internet and discovered the area was believed to have been discovered by a William Crabtree who settled there in 1777.

The land at the base of the falls was almost developed as a resort area in the late 1960s, but the residents of Nelson County encouraged the Forest Service to acquire the falls so it could be enjoyed freely by future generations. Money was secured from Congress to purchase the land and improve the safety and accessibility of the area around the falls. There are wooden stairs, gravel paths, railed overlooks, and a spectacular 100-foot bridge over the Tye River. This beautiful bridge, a laminated arch, was shipped from New York in one piece. Cranes lifted and placed it over the Tye River in 1978


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The Bridge

Over the years one thing I’ve learned about myself~the second visit to a place never seems to hold the same thrill as the first visit. Crabtree Falls is one of the exceptions. And I’m very thankful they didn’t put a resort at the base of the Falls!

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EVERYONE

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Well, I NEVER…

Melli, from Insanity Prevails, got tagged (by OldOldLady of the Hills) with a great meme on her site and I decided to take up the open tag she left.  You will have to read her post to see how this started.  It’s a list of at least 30 things you have NOT done!  Since I’ve basically lived a sheltered life, I could probably list hundreds, but I’ll refrain and just list 30.  Here goes:

  1. I’ve NEVER gone skiing ~ love my body too much and I’m not real coordinated.  We have ski slopes close by and I have ridden up the lift in the fall, but no thanks.
  2. I’ve NEVER driven a tractor ~ but I think I’d like to.
  3. I’ve NEVER gone sailing, but if given the opportunity to, I would.
  4. I’ve NEVER been farther south than Florida ~ and that was when I was a pre-teen.
  5. I’ve NEVER been farther north than NYC ~ and, believe it or not, that was just a DAY trip.
  6. I’ve NEVER been farther west than Mississippi ~ and that was for a missions trip.
  7. I’ve NEVER been farther east than the East Coast ~ mostly to Va. Beach and the Outer Banks.
  8. I’ve NEVER ridden in a hot air balloon.
  9. I’ve NEVER ridden in a helicopter.
  10. I’ve NEVER been in the military.
  11. I’ve NEVER seen a play.
  12. I’ve NEVER seen the Redskins play in person ~ not even when they were playing well!
  13. I’ve NEVER been scuba diving ~ although that’s my heart’s desire.
  14. I’ve NEVER taken photography lessons ~ but that’s my passion.
  15. I’ve NEVER  been to Alaska, Hawaii or Europe ~ but I sure would love to go to the British Isles.
  16. I’ve NEVER learned a foreign language ~ except one semester of French and that was hopeless.
  17. I’ve NEVER eaten octopus or susi, but I have eaten escargo, fried turtle and squid.
  18. I’ve NEVER slept in a king size bed.
  19. I’ve NEVER held up a bank ~ just had to throw that one in.
  20. I’ve NEVER visited Washington, DC when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
  21. I’ve NEVER hugged a panda bear ~ but I would love to.
  22. I’ve NEVER knitted an afghan but I have croched one.
  23. I’ve NEVER been on a cruise.
  24. I’ve NEVER climbed anything higher than the Washington Monument.
  25. I’ve NEVER broken a bone.
  26. I’ve NEVER been on television ~ and DO NOT want to.
  27. I’ve NEVER had an abortion ~ although 40 yrs. ago, I gave a child up for adoption.
  28. I’ve NEVER been in a serious car accident ~ just a fender bender.
  29. I’ve NEVER met an actor/actress ~ but I did spot Paul Neuman in an airport.
  30. I’ve NEVER doubted God’s love for me!

How about you?  Is there something you’ve never done?  Like Melli, I won’t tag anyone, but if you’d like to participate, please let me know, because I’d love to read it.

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The holidays have begun!

Actually it seems they started before Halloween!  We don’t celebrate Halloween because we don’t believe in giving honor to evil.  I’m sure I’ll get some comments on that but that’s the way it is.

I started noticing Christmas items in stores before Halloween.  The way things are going it seems people will be celebrating Christmas six months out of the year.  But what are they celebrating?  Is it the true meaning or just the idea of decorating, giving and getting gifts?  Well, that story is for another post.

Yesterday after church, we had a Thanksgiving Dinner with our church family.  Everyone brings a dish or two or three ~ I only brought one because the other didn’t turn out.  There was so much food and all that I tasted was wonderful!  We have so much to be thankful for and I try not to take anything for granted.  I’m not sure I’ll be eating much today~I’m still full.

Thanksgiving Day we always get together with my hubby’s family.  He is one of seven and, of course, each of them has at least one child.  Now the grandchildren are having children ~ our oldest daughter included (due Dec. 22).   So, you can imagine all the food that will be there too.  This year our oldest daughter and her hubby will be having dinner with his family and our youngest daughter will be meeting her boyfriend’s parents.  They grow up so fast.

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God works…

in mysterious ways.  Most of you who read my blog know that I believe in God working in my life as well as that of others.

Many of you may not know that I have suffered from depression over the years.  The medication I currently take has helped in many ways.  I have tried other types to no avail and when I tried to take the generic, I seemed to go more into depression.  I can understand now why people have said that antidepression drugs cause people to kill themselves or to do bizzar things ~ especially if they are taking the generic forms of the medication.  Despite what they say, I don’t believe they are identical.  They may be in content, but I question the amounts of the contents!

Over the last year and a half, I have stayed at home unable to work because my memory has not been what it used to be and quite frequently I was making mistakes.  Working in a law office was not a good place to make mistakes either.  I tried another area and wasn’t able to handle the pressure.  The more pressure, the more stress.  So, I’m at home which is really where I’d rather be.

I have done some volunteer work but also found that situation too stressing.  It seemed  everything I did wasn’t good enough.  I know that in God’s eyes it was, but I still have to deal with people.

Some may say that I’m not depending upon my heavenly Father enough and I may not be.  Only He knows that answer.

But I know that He is still working in my life!  I truly believe that He has enabled me to blog for His glory.  Perhaps someday someone somewhere will read something I’ve said that will cause them to pause and the Holy Spirit will intervene in their situation.

My husband went with a friend (who used to attend church with us) yesterday to search for treasures.  They took medal detectors hoping to find some coins~perhaps civil war artifacts.  We live in VA near the location of one small battle~the Battle of Piedmont.

They stopped to visit a friend who owns a business within that area.  He also is a member of our church family.  They talked about many things, God, the Civil War, some history of the area and he told them about the Jackson Prayer Oak!  I personally had never heard of it.  There is an OLD oak tree near here that is the tree that Andrew Jackson used to pray under while in the area.  I hope to post a picture of that soon.

All this is to say that while they were talking the business owner spoke of one lady in our church who has battled depression for years and also has tried many medications.  He said that the thing that seemed to help her the most was reaching out to others.  As my husband was relaying this conversation to me this morning, the Lord convicted me and soon thereafter was on the phone to a friend who was recently widowed.  I felt soooo blessed.

Normally, I’m not one to reach out~at least not too far.  I believe the Lord has opened a new door for me and a new area of ministry.  I intend to grab it and go.

Blessings to each of you!  If you look, you will see God working in your life too.  Who else could have arranged those particular incidents to tell me something?????

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