Down Memory Lane: Kuta Beach, Bali

June 25, 2015

1987 -- Kuta Beach

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I spent most of the summer of 1987 teaching in the People’s Republic of China, but before beginning our teaching duties our group was able to spend four days on the island of Bali.

We stayed at Kuta Beach Resort, which seemed like the perfect island paradise to this farm boy from Indiana.  All of these photos were taken at the resort.  The images are scans from slides taken in 1987.

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Skywatch Friday: Beach Skies

April 23, 2015
The sea and sky at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  January 26, 2015.

The sea and sky at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. January 26, 2015.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

There is, to me, something special about the sky and the ocean together.  It may be that the ocean magnifies the beauty of the sky.  White clouds in a beautiful sky above the sea reminds of the glories of God’s creation.

A fog bank casts sparkling light on the horizon.  Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

A fog bank casts sparkling light on the horizon. Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

A fog bank out at sea causes the morning sunlight to sparkle on the horizon.

Morning light in the sky and on the beach, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  January 27, 2015.

Morning light in the sky and on the beach, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. January 27, 2015.

Morning on another day is announced by a fiery red sky and reflections on the sand.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, pier in the morning light.  January 29, 2015.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, pier in the morning light. January 29, 2015.

Sunrise on our last morning at the beach gave us a silhouette of the Ocean Isle Beach pier with the red sky reflected in the water.

Our World: The Road to Yellowstone

April 6, 2015
The Hoback River, Wyoming.  September 18, 2012.

The Hoback River, Wyoming. September 18, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

When Betsy and I drove from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park in September, 2012, the trip took us through parts of Colorado and Wyoming that we hadn’t visited before.  Part of the time we traveled through Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest and along the Hoback River.

The Hoback River, Wyoming.  September 18, 2012.

The Hoback River, Wyoming. September 18, 2012.

While we were eager to get to Yellowstone, the scenery was so pretty that we ended up stopping several times just to enjoy the view.  The Hoback River is not very deep, but the water was pretty and clear.

The Hoback River, Wyoming.  September 18, 2012.

The Hoback River, Wyoming. September 18, 2012.

I’m sure we could have made the trip in less time if we hadn’t stopped to enjoy the view and get photos.  But looking at these pictures now, the extra time on the road was very well worthwhile.

 

Spring Has Sprung

March 26, 2015

2015 -- FFG Spring Flowers (March Daffodils)

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In the last few days we’ve had beautiful weather and Spring bulbs have burst into bloom.  We have several varieties of daffodils in our flower beds, and these have all brightened our days this week.

Unfortunately, we’re predicted to have two nights of below-freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday.  We can only hope we have some of these blossoms around on Sunday morning.

Our World: Trimming Damaged Trees

March 16, 2015
Can you see him up in the tree?  Getting damaged trees trimmed.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015

Can you see him up in the tree? Getting damaged trees trimmed. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

In my last post, I told about the week of storms we had February 17 – 23.  If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

Once we got our electricity back on, our biggest concern was the broken tree tops dangling from the trees around our house.  Fortunately we were able to get a crew to do the work very efficiently.

One of the men was apparently unafraid of heights (as you can see from the photo above), and scampered up to the breaks and began to cut them free so they could be lowered to the ground.  While he was up there he even admired the view he had of the mountains in the distance.  I was happy he was up the tree, and not me.

A closer look at the man in the tree.  March 2, 2015.

A closer look at the man in the tree. March 2, 2015.

He had to climb three trees to clean up all the breaks.  In each case the branches were lowered to the ground where they were cut into smaller pieces so they could be moved more easily.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015.

Finally the smaller pieces were loaded onto their truck and hauled away.  As you can see, they had quite a load when they were finished.  Now it’s up to Betsy and me to get all the remaining small branches and twigs cleaned up.  I don’t think we’ll be bored.

The Week That Was — and Hopefully Will Never Be Again

February 26, 2015
Our house in the snow.  February 18, 2015.

Our house in the snow. February 18, 2015.

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We had quite a week here in the Glade last week — three storms in a single week is just a bit much.

The ice in the first storm missed us, but we did get snow as you can see in the photo above.

My Beautiful Bride enjoying the snow.  February 18, 2015.

My Beautiful Bride enjoying the snow. February 18, 2015.

Of course, my Beautiful Bride was delighted.

Icy branches on one of our red bud trees.  February 19, 2015.

Icy branches on one of our red bud trees. February 19, 2015.

The second storm brought us some ice with ice covered twigs on the trees …

A giant icicle near our front porch.  February 19, 2015.

A giant icicle near our front porch. February 19, 2015.

… and giant icicles.

Icy branches of trees in our yard against a blue sky.  February 19, 2015.

Icy branches of trees in our yard against a blue sky. February 19, 2015.

The icy tree branches shone against a pretty blue sky on Thursday.

A tree with a broken top in our side yard.  February 22, 2015.

A tree with a broken top in our side yard. February 22, 2015.

Unfortunately the third storm brought a couple of inches of ice with broken tree tops and branches.  Our neighborhood looked like a war zone, and we were without power for a couple of days.

I hope it’s a long time before we have another week like this.

Down Memory Lane: The Smokies in the Spring (2001)

February 16, 2015

2001 -- Smokies Spring

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Betsy and I visited the Smoky Mountains in May, 2001.  I had never spent much time in the Smokies, but I had an excellent guide since Betsy had visited them when she lived in Tennessee earlier.  We very much enjoyed the beautiful green of the mountains and the flowing clear waters of the streams.

In the collage above, you see Betsy on the deck of the Wonderland Lodge, where we stayed, on the upper left.  A view of Newfound Gap, near the Tennessee/North Carolina border is on the upper right.

A nice man took the picture of Betsy and me along Mill Creek in Cades Cove.  In the lower center is a photo of the John Oliver cabin, also in Cades Cove.  I got the picture of Betsy along Mill Creek which is on the lower right of the collage.

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Our World: Big Thompson Canyon

February 5, 2015
Big Thompson River, Colorado.  September 17, 2012.

Big Thompson River, Colorado. September 17, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Betsy and I drove through Big Thompson Canyon on a September morning in 2012 on our way from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The canyon was formed by the Big Thompson River, which flowed along the road for much of our trip.  The boulders and rushing water were fascinating.

'King of the Mountain' in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado.  September 17, 2012.

‘King of the Mountain’ in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado. September 17, 2012.

At one point we came upon a small herd of pronghorn sheep.  Some were right along the highway, but one kept watch from the top of the canyon wall.

The sky above Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado.  September 17, 2012.

The sky above Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado. September 17, 2012.

The sky was just as fascinating as the rocky canyon walls themselves.  It was a beautiful ride.

Meeting an Old Friend for the First Time

January 5, 2015
Betsy, Ruth and Gwen at Cracker Barrel, Nashville, Tennessee.  December 29, 2014.

Betsy, Ruth and Gwen at Cracker Barrel, Nashville, Tennessee. December 29, 2014.

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Betsy and I celebrated the holidays by meeting a blog friend in person.  We have both followed Ruth for several years, and she quickly became a friend whom we enjoyed visiting on world wide web.  Ruth is a marvelous photographer, and you can  check out her beautiful blog HERE.

Ruth lives in western Canada, so when we learned several weeks ago that Ruth and her friend Gwen would be attending a gospel music convention in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, we couldn’t let her get that close without meeting her in person, so we made plans to meet them.

Since neither Ruth nor Glen had ever been to Tennessee, we took them to Cracker Barrel for some good southern eating.  Although we introduced them to cornbread and chicken and dumplings, the highpoint of the evening was talking as only friends can talk.

Ruth and Betsy, Nashville, Tennessee.  December 29, 2014.

Ruth and Betsy, Nashville, Tennessee. December 29, 2014.

Ruth mentioned that she would like to get back to Tennessee with her son some day.  We hope she makes it so we can show her the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee.  Of course, we warned her that one of these days we might show up on her doorstep in Manitoba.

Falling Water Cascades

December 8, 2014
Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee.  October 5, 2014.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014.

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In early October Betsy and I met my daughter Kelly and her husband Chuck in Cookeville, Tennessee, to do some hiking at nearby Burgess Falls State Park.

The park contains three waterfalls, but the trailhead for the main trail begins upstream at Falling Water Cascades.  That’s the trail we hiked, so we took the time to visit the cascades as well.

The water in river was low, but the cascades were still pretty.

Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee.  October 5, 2014.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014.

There was enough water in one channel to create beautiful flowing waters.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014

Even the shallow water covering the rock river bed took on a dreamy experience.


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