SSL Fall Foliage Report: From Southwest Virginia to the Kentucky State Line

This was a blustery and chilly mini fall foliage adventure. We left Johnson City heading toward the Kentucky state line.

It was a blustery and chilly mini-fall-foliage adventure. The hubby and I spontaneously decided to drive to the Kentucky state line. Read on to find out why *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the last fall foliage report for this year. I had much bigger plans for my foliage reports, but we all know about the best laid plans of mice and men.

Always look for the silver lining and the sparkle *smile*

Always look for the silver lining and the sparkle *smile*

To be perfectly honest, I was a bit upset and disappointed that I did not get to explore all the places that I wanted to explore…or see all the mountains and leaves that I had wanted to see. To be really perfectly honest, I have been upset with the hubby because he has had such a crazy, busy travel schedule for the past several weeks and has been unable to go and do like I was hoping he would be able to go and do. That was unfair of me because he is a wonderful and loving hubby and dad. He did not deserve my selfish pouts.

We have been together as a married couple for 20 years, and we are still laughing and having a good time together. Take a look at the Halloween costume party photo on his Instagram. Bless his sweet soul, he ordered all of our costume needs…from his favorite shopping site…Amazon…he really loves being a Prime member *wink*

Goodness! Before I get all sappy, let us take a look at the last SSL Fall Foliage Report for 2014. I already have big plans for next fall–God Lord willing *smile*

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I really want to learn more about Daniel Boone…

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I love all the music history and the music in my new area.

First stop along the way

First stop along the way

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The Copper Creek Railroad

Another view of the Copper Creek Railroad--I love old, rusty things!

Another view of the Copper Creek Railroad in Southwest Virginia–I love old, rusty things!

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views at Copper Creek

The hubby and I enjoyed the relaxing sound of the water as we snapped a few photos and chatted about nonsense *smile*

The hubby and I enjoyed the relaxing sound of the water as we snapped a few photos and chatted about nonsense *smile*

I wish I would have brought a picnic lunch *smile*

I wish I would have brought a picnic lunch *smile*

Peeking through the trees

Peeking through the trees

This time it was my fault that we ended up on a gravel road to the middle of nowhere!

This time it was my fault that we ended up on a gravel road to the middle of nowhere! Luckily, the hubby is a skilled driver and was able to get us turned around.

Beautiful countryside while wandering down the gravel road to nowhere.

Beautiful countryside while wandering down the gravel road to nowhere.

Back on the real road *smile*

Back on the real road *smile*

The hubby did all the driving so I could do all the looking and snapping of photos.

The hubby did all the driving so I could do all the looking and snapping of photos.

Our second stop of the day. I love this mint green building!

Our second stop of the day. I love this mint green building! We did a little antiquing and junking on this stop. Did not find anything *sad face* but we did enjoy the views *happy face*

Back on the road again *cue Willie Nelson*

Back on the road again *cue Willie Nelson*

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I did not want to leave this beautiful spot. It was soooo windy and chilly, but it was so worth the windblown hair and chapped cheeks *smile*

I did not want to leave this beautiful spot. It was soooo windy and chilly, but it was so worth the windblown hair and chapped cheeks *smile*

At Benge's Gap

At Benge’s Gap

Heading up the walkway to the "lookout point" at Benge's Gap

Heading up the walkway to the “lookout point” at Benge’s Gap

Looking through the trees

Looking through the trees

It was a breathtaking view. It was a bit cloudy and hazy, but still amazing.

It was a bit cloudy and hazy, but still amazing. P.S. that really is haze in the photo–not my poor picture-taking skills *wink*

Zooming in on a punch of color

Zooming in on a punch of color

More pretty color!

More pretty color!

Even though I did not get to go to all the places on my Fall 2014 Bucket List, Benge's Gap was a delightful surprise that the hubby found *smile*

Even though I did not get to go to all the places on my Fall 2014 Bucket List, Benge’s Gap was a delightful surprise *smile*

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Last photo of Benge's Gap--but I have tons more than I could share!

Last photo of Benge’s Gap–but I have tons more than I could share!

Really cool clouds that we saw while driving to the Kentucky state line

Really cool clouds that we saw while driving to the Kentucky state line

Up close of the clouds

Up close of the clouds–God is so awesome and amazing *BIG SMILE*

Made it to Kentucky just in time for...

Made it to the Kentucky state line just in time for…

Wait for it...

Wait for it…

For me to get this photo with the Kentucky state sign because Mississippi State University was playing  Kentucky in Kentucky (Saturday, October 25).

Just in time for the kickoff of the Mississippi State University vs. Kentucky game in Kentucky (Saturday, October 25). We listened to the game as we drove back to Johnson City. It was very stressful for two reasons–one the Bulldogs had me worried a few times; two because we were listening to Kentucky’s announcers…I had to learn that anything bad was good and anything good was bad *haha*

Sporting my windblown hair and my MSU shirt *smile*

Sporting my windblown hair and my MSU shirt *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the last fall foliage report for 2014. Stay tuned to the social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for a few stray foliage photos and other spectacular randomness *smile*

SSL’s Fall Foliage Report: Damascus, Virginia

A little road trip adventure to admire the fall foliage in and around Damascus, Virginia

A little road trip adventure to admire the fall foliage in and around Damascus, Virginia

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the fall foliage that the hubby and I spied while adventuring in and around Damascus, Virginia. I apologize for all the photos, but I could not choose my favorites! Each photo had a pop of color or a view that captured my heart.

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There were so many breathtaking views!

Now, I have to tell y’all a quick story before we take a look at all the photos. The hubby surprised me with this little trip. I know what y’all are thinking–“How sweet and romantic.” Sweet idea, yes. Romantic, sort of–if you count holding onto the hubby’s arm for dear life romantic. Here is what happened. The destination was entered into Google maps on the hubby’s phone. Hubby decided to take the alternate route. This took us up a steep mountain–ravine to the left (one wrong move and death) and mountain side to the right. Did I mention that the “road” was more like a path–barely wide enough for one car? I guess a better description is a narrow, gravel path with lots and lots of curves–more like 90 degree angles. We had no cell service for miles. No one knew where we were, and I had no extra diabetic supplies. I am not going to lie. I cried–not happy tears. I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to calm myself down because my heart was racing. And I prayed that God would see us back to civilization, that our car would not break down, and that we would not meet another vehicle on the tiny road because there was no where to go…no where to pull over. As y’all can tell, I am not a wild adventurer. I do not camp or glamp. And I prefer clean restrooms with sinks and running water.

Snapping photos as Stan drives

Snapping photos as the hubby drives

We finally made it to our destination–Whitetop in Damascus, Virginia. Looking back, the tears were worth it. Would I do it again? Yes, but not taking the path that we took *smile*

A lovely little "creek" that ran alongside the road.

A lovely little “creek” that ran alongside the road.

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Seeing all the fall colors was totally worth the crying and praying for safety *smile*

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The hubby found a safe place to pull over, and we snapped lots of photos…and hugged out the poor path choice *smile*

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The mountain view and fall foliage went on for miles!

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God is an amazing artist!

God is an amazing artist!

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We found this little church shortly after we survived the narrow, dirt road. We pulled over and had a prayer of thanksgiving.

We found this little church shortly after we survived the narrow, dirt road. We pulled over and had a prayer of thanksgiving.

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I was not happy to see this sign because I have a death fear of bears...

I was not happy to see this sign because I have a death fear of bears…

Heading back home

Heading back home

Thanks y’all for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at my fall foliage adventure in and around Damascus. Feel free to comment with your favorite fall foliage spots, share your photos on the Facebook page, or hashtag #SSLFallFoliage on Instagram.