Once Upon A Time

Betsy at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee. April 21, 2001.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

I like to think of myself as a realist who doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but sometimes fairy tales do happen and come true.

Once upon a time I asked a beautiful, blonde preacher to go to Fall Creek Falls State Park here in Tennessee with me on April 21, 2001.  We had gone out a couple of times before that day, but this was our first ‘big’ date.

When we got to the park we drove to the lodge and walked along the lake for a while.  That’s where I took the picture  above.  When I took that picture I was thinking how lucky I was to be out with such a beautiful woman.

Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee. April 21, 2001.

After talking at the lake for a while, we visited the waterfalls which give the park its name.  There wasn’t a great deal of water going over Fall Creek Falls (on the left in the picture above), but we both thought it was very beautiful.  Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls (on the right in the picture above) were the first two waterfalls we saw together.

Betsy and George at Cane Creek Cascade, Fall Creek Falls State Park. April 21, 2001.

Fall Creek Falls State Park contains five major waterfalls and we saw all of them.  By the time we got to Cane Creek Cascade we were holding hands (Yeah!).  It wasn’t too much later that I got my first kiss.  (Double Yeah!!!)

Now you know how our waterfall ‘collection’ got started.  Since that wonderful day we have visited over 450 different waterfalls.  We’re still visiting waterfalls, Betsy is still beautiful, and we’re still holding hands.

NOT The End.

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23 Responses to “Once Upon A Time”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    Awwwww, what a lovely story.

  2. MadSnapper Says:

    such a sweet story, so happy for both of you. i love happy not endings.

  3. diane Says:

    You are such a romantic and that is rare in men. I love you for it. Congratulations on your first kiss anniversary.

  4. Karin Says:

    Where has the decade+ gone! So glad your story telling is not the end! God has blessed your lives in a wonderful way and your sharing it with us is a treasure! Don’t have to tell you to BE HAPPY!! Big bear hug to you both!

  5. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Time does fly when you’re having fun and the two of you obviously are doing that!! I’m so happy you’ve had a decade ov smiles and kisses! A big hug to you both!


  6. Ginny Says:

    Awwww!!! i’m a sucker for love stories like this, and yours is the BEST! I love the way the arch creates like a tiny grove under the fall.

  7. Happyone Says:

    What a lovely post and the two of you make a wonderful couple. I think the both of are a special couple and I’m glad to be one of your many blogger friends.

  8. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Sweet post, George. You are such a romantic.

  9. busy bee suz Says:

    I DO believe in fairy tales…and I adore yours. These photos are just priceless. {so glad you thought to bring your camera and tripod!}
    Your love story is something to be shared and admired!

  10. Colin (HB) Says:

    Very romantic indeed. And I think the love between you has grown every year since that first photo. Beautiful.
    Colin (HB)

  11. Jewaicious Says:

    What an inspiring and lovely story, one that will last through the continuum of water falls and love..

  12. Jewaicious Says:

    Oh, and I love the photos, sorry.

  13. rhiebert Says:

    I love that real life story.Keep on holding hands.

  14. Gardener On Sherlock Street Says:

    You two are awesome! Keep that love going!

  15. alskamom Says:

    What a sweet story, George. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  16. Rose Says:

    I ALWAYS love to hear stories of you guys when young…every so often I go back and read Betsy’s account of it all. Just a wonderful story with a happy ending.

  17. Carletta Says:

    Ahh, George!
    Beautiful story! I love how you ended the post. 🙂

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  19. Lrong Says:

    Hi George… very good shot of Betsy in top picture… and lovely waterfall pics…

  20. MB Says:

    Ain’t life grand!! MB

  21. dayphoto Says:

    Beautiful! I love your love story!


  22. Linnea Says:

    What a beautiful story…and couple!

  23. Sartenada Says:

    Lovely story!!!

    What a huge collection of waterfalls visited; that’s awesome amount; my hat off. I am photographing churches and in my “collection” I have about 380 churches. Most of all shot on countryside, far away from big cities and towns.

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