Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trip in Pictures

I am in a need of a trip to the craft store. 

No seriously. Crafting is like therapy. So I must go.

It's just that sometimes I have this deep need to create. Especially when change is spinning all around me. 

Speaking of change. A few of the leaves are gently beginning to fall from the trees. 

It's still very green here, but this morning, with the cool air and the the ever so slight change in the colors, fall is making herself known. 

Change. It's inevitable.

So I haven't much time to write today, and I promised pictures. But tomorrow, I will answer in earnest the question Carrie has asked: What is God showing you right now? 

Here is a picture that sort of represents my answer to Carrie's question...but more tomorrow.

 The picture above is the view as you drive into North Carolina from the Tennessee border.  Y'all they don't call NC God's Country for nothin'.  This picture, taken while driving and through a windshield, does not even begin to describe what it is really like.

 This is the entrance to Dollywood. We actually have a really nice picture of the family, but He Who Does Not Wish to Be Seen On The Blog For Security Reasons (a.k.a., The Mister) is in it, so I can't post it. Which is a shame for y'all, cuz he is handsome, with his salt and pepper hair. 

 This is The Boy and Girl, happy to be free of the mini-van. The Girl is looking for a roller-coaster. The Boy is looking for good food.

The Girl and The Mister found a roller coaster called The Tornado. The Boy and I stayed behind. He doesn't much like roller coasters, and I? Well, let's just say that at 35, I have lost my roller coaster edge. Which was dull at best anyway.

There they are towards the back. The only ones on the ride. This roller coaster was impressive. it had THREE loops in it! They rode it twice. One right after the other.

OK. Now I must explain this next picture because it shows some true colors. And y'all know I am all about Truth!

The next ride the kids wanted to do looked very benign. You got into a boat and shot water guns at the targets along the ride. The kids wanted to go but we had all just gotten drinks. So The Mister volunteered to stay with our drinks and I figured I would go with the kids, because "how bad could it be?"

Famous. Last. Words.

What I didn't know was that there were also high powered water guns along the walking path, so that people not on the ride could participate too. This one (fully grown) gentleman gathered extreme joy by going from water gun to water gun along his path, soaking me the entire way. 

I love to be one to spread joy, but come on! Could he give a girl a break? First of all I was having an amazing hair day. And for those of you who live in humid climates know what a victory this was. My good hair was not only ruined at the end of this ride, but every bit of clothing I had on (right down the the undergarments) were DRENCHED. The picture below says it all:

Oh yeah. She's happy.

And this is me trying to save face by smiling for The Mister.  He is really only following directions. I always complain about how I am never in pictures because I am always the one behind the camera. Well, now I am in one. 

This is a huge steam engine train that we got to ride around the park.

And this is DoggyWood, hotel to posh pets everywhere. 
I know that from this angle it looks a lot like doggy jail, but it was really very, very nice!

La Vida Dulce!


Lindsay said...

I have made that beautiful drive from TN into NC and it is breath taking! Go to the craft store.. and then share what you made :-)

Rae said...

Fall is in the air! I was just noticing today how many trees are starting to turn vibrant. Yesterday was in the 60's and I was cold last night going to bed! Wow!

Love the pic of you all wet. I always end up completely drenched on those rides while everyone else was just sprayed. So glad to know I'm not the only one! :)

Mrs. Moofish said...

I love the pictures! It's fun to see some of your journey. But, just so you know, I want to cry, because I just noticed that you changed your location from AZ to NC. Sis, that is really messing with my state--of Denial, that is. Talk to you soon. Love ya!

meh said...

Ok, I am still laughing and it is starting to hurt 'cause I just ate dinner. That pic. of you drenched...oh my gosh!! Priceless!! Thanks for sharing!!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

That first road pic sure looks FAMILIAR!!! :)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Oh, and crafting is like therapy for me, too.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Oh my goodness...you are a great sport! I can't believe they let random strangers spray the people on the ride. That's crazy. And that's a great pic!

Anonymous said...

Are you sure that wasn't doggy jail? The dog looks a little forlorn . . .

Jackie said...

Well, you look gorgeous even drenched! :)

I have totally and completely lost my roller coaster edge, too. I don't know what happened, but I am a theme park wimp now.

Gorgeous picture of the mountains...can't wait to see more!

stephanie j. said...

Wonderful pix! And NORMAL seasonal change! I miss that so much down here in Almost Mexico, AZ. I understand about the creativity thing. I am now working on my first big crochet project: a big blanket made from 10 colors of granny squares. What are you in the mood to create, K?

Lisa said...

What a beautiful drive!

Dollywood looks fun. I've always made fun of it but now I'll stop. *wink*

Michele said...

Being a Southern girl myself I SOOOO love the fall. You can definitely feel it's crisp air in the morning. So good to have you back in the South!!! I love both NC and TN. So glad you guys had a safe trip. Hope you are settling in well!!! I love your Dollywood pictures. It looks like you guys has a WONDERFUL time!!!! I really want to take my kids there one day. I hope you are having a blessed week! I also hope your crafting therapy is good for you. I love scrapbooking and sewing and it really is therapuetic. Girl, just let those creative juices flow!!!

C D said...

I've been wanting to go to Dollywood... how fun.

And yes, priceless picture of drenched you. Cracks me up.

And I think I would also find great joy in drenching strangers.

I'm weird that way... kind of like anonymity on the 'net... only I can't carry that analogy too far because it'll get convoluted.

I'm reading, but I'm not blogging right now -- way too busy.