Meeting New Old Friends

Patti and Neal at Cataloochee Valley, North Carolina. October 20, 2010.

Both Betsy and I have been following Neal’s blog (and he’s been following ours) for nearly two years.  Neal is a retired systems analyst living in Indiana, although he was born in eastern Tennessee.  Neal is a wonderful photographer and features his photos on his blog.  Neal is also my hero — he’s not afraid to tell Betsy exactly what he thinks!

When Neal found out that Betsy and I were going to Maggie Valley to see the autumn colors, he decided that he and Patti would like to do that as well.  The four of us met up Tuesday evening and had a delightful dinner.  It was as if we had known each other for years.

On Wednesday the four of us visited the Cataloochee Valley to see the elk which had been reintroduced there.  We then drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Pisgah, stopping at just about every overlook to take in the colors.  I won’t frighten you by telling you how many pictures Betsy and I took over the three days.

Betsy, Patti and Neal at the highest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway. October 20, 2010.

Thursday we drove across the Cherohala Skyway from North Carolina to Tennessee, again enjoying the autumn color.  After visiting Bald River Falls near Tellico Plains, Tennessee, Betsy and I headed home while Neal and Patti headed toward a visit with Neal’s brother.

Patti and Neal taking pictures at Santeelah Overlook, Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina. October 21, 2010.

We enjoyed our time with Patti and Neal, even if this is the view of them we often saw!

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23 Responses to “Meeting New Old Friends”

  1. Neal Says:

    We really enjoyed meeting you guys. We had a wonderful time even if it did take all of us to keep Betsy in line. 🙂

  2. diane Says:

    The coloured trees against the blue sky is just magic. Glad to hear you had so much fun and that you had some male support against that wonderful woman of yours.

  3. Mildred Says:

    How grand to meet in person ~ sounds like you had a fabulous time teasing one another! The views are just so pretty.

  4. bertN Says:

    Great view! I’m talking about the autumm color, not the back view of your friends LOL.

  5. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Sounds like a fun time and the pictures are so beautiful.

  6. Susie Says:

    Looks like ya’ll had such a great time! Love the fall colors!

  7. Linda G. Says:

    I’m happy that you had such a wonderful visit with your blogging friend. I took a picture of Bob on his motorcycle at the highest point on BRP a few years ago, when we were in Maggie Valley. That is a beautiful part of the U.S. to visit. I hope that Bob and I can visit there again sometime.

  8. Sandra Says:

    you could also call this post by “Happy Faces” everyone is smiling so big it makes me smile.

  9. RidinWind Says:

    Sounds like y’all had a good time. I enjoy a great Motorcycle ride along the Cherohala from time to time. It’s a good time of year for it!

  10. MaryBeth Says:

    I am glad you all had such a great time. Isn’t it fun to meet up with fellow bloggers and then to find out they are as neat as you envisioned. You have a great part of the country to go visiting. MB

  11. Kathy Says:

    Great to actually meet up with blogger friends!
    Autumn colors are beautiful!!! Not quite there in our area, yet.
    So did you see lots of elk?

  12. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Well, of course the middle picture is my favorite! Everyone’s joy could light up a room!! But where are you? I DID see you on Betsy’s blog!

  13. busy bee suz Says:

    What a beautiful weekend for you all.
    Love the photos George. Bring on the Fall!

  14. Tricia Says:

    So neat that ya’ll got to meet Neal & his wife – Great times, for sure!!!

  15. ladyfi Says:

    How wonderful to meet up with fellow bloggers. And those autumn colours are marvellous.

  16. Karin Says:

    Sounds like a blast! So glad for you. And I just can’t believe that Betsy needs anyone to keep her in line – wink, wink! LOL – So good to have friends with a sense of humor. Loved your post!

  17. firstSTREETonline Says:

    Great time of year to take a cruise through the Blue Ridge! What a great area, and amazing photos!

  18. Happyone Says:

    So much fun to meet up with blogger friends. Glad you enjoyed your time together! I had lunch with one of mine today. 🙂

  19. NCMountainwoman Says:

    So glad everyone had such a good time.

  20. Jen Says:

    Well who wouldn’t like you and Betsy?!! Look like you guys hit it just right to see the colors. Great! I’m sure you were right BEHIND Neal and Patti taking pictures. ha!

  21. ewok1993 Says:

    that is so nice. what a wonderful time you must had.

  22. Loren McGhee Says:

    came over from mildred’s blog! So wonderful to meet other bloggy friends for sure! Looks like you all had a wonderful time and your pics are so pretty! Looking forward to seeing more 🙂

  23. Loren McGhee Says:

    Do you have a place where I can follow your blog?? Can’t find it LOL

    My email is ~ thanks for letting me know

    p.s. my husband and daughter have a love of photography and are gifted at it in my eyes 🙂 I also love to see them spend the day together just snapping shots of whatever strikes their fancy!

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