Fall foliage by train and glider plane....what a trip! This weekend I joined friends to see the beautiful foliage near Etowah, Tennessee and along the Hiwassee River. The experience exceeded my greatest hopes.
First, on Saturday we boarded a train for the Hiwassee Railroad Adventure. The train is operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad and closely follows the Hiwassee River from Wetmore to the town of Farner, where the train reverses itself and returns back to Gee Creek. The curving, mountainous line offers wonderful views of the Hiwassee River Gorge and includes the Hiwassee Loop, where the track loops back over itself.
It was challenging to get good shots from the moving train, but I managed to capture images of some spectacular countryside. Enjoy!
The next afternoon, still euphoric over the train ride, my friends and I urged each other into taking a glider plane to see the same territory from above. A group of us have remained good friends since nursing school, over forty years ago, and we have shared a lot of life's experiences: marriage, homemaking, childbirth, career ups and downs, fun trips and get-togethers, illness, the death of loved ones, the good times and the bad. The year we all turned fifty we celebrated by going whitewater rafting. We told each other the glider plane was to celebrate sixty. This group of ladies is determined to remain young in spirit, no matter what the body says!
Honestly, I was a bit nervous at the idea of flying around in a plane that didn't have an engine, but I am so glad I did it. For a while I was a big bird, soaring in the great blue sky, and it was close to the most fun thing I have ever done.
While I waited my turn, I took a few photos around the gliderport:
Finally, it was time to go! First is a shot of a glider plane, and below that are photos I took from inside the glider.
See another glider in the first photo below.
Now we are trying to decide what we will do to celebrate our seventieth birthdays. Skydiving? I'm not sure about that, but we have a decade to decide! I have learned to seize life's opportunities as they present themselves.
Before we left the gliderport I took the following photo of a kitty, who was enjoying the wonderful fall day in a more down-to-earth way:
May you enjoy the good moments, and may you have good friends to share them with.