S: Dan and Christine Brown Wedding Weekend - October 20-24, 2010
FC: Dan and Christine Brown October 23, 2010
2: The Tail of the Dragon 318 curves in 11 miles | The drive from Naperville, IL to Topton, NC...650 miles and 11 hrs. The most scenic stretch is the 11 miles of road that crosses the North Carolina / Tennessee border. It is called The Tail of the Dragon.
3: tHE DRIVE OCTOBER 20 - 21, 2010
4: sUNRISE hOT AIR BALLOON RIDE October 22, 2010
5: Takeoff 6:36 a.m | The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath
6: m | Suddenly the wind ceased. The air seemed motionless around us. We were off, going at the speed of the air-current in which we now lived and moved. Indeed, for us there was no more wind; and this is the first great fact of spherical ballooning. Infinitely gentle is this unfelt motion forward and upward. The illusion is complete: it seems not to be the balloon that moves, but the earth that sinks down and away...
7: Villages and woods, meadows and chateaux, pass across the moving scene, out of which the whistling of locomotives throws sharp notes. These faint, piercing sounds, together with the yelping and barking of dogs, are the only noises that reach one through the depths of the upper air. The human voice cannot mount up into these boundless solitudes. Human beings look like ants along the white lines that are highways; and the rows of houses look like children's playthings.
9: The winds have welcomed you with softness, The sun has greeted you with it's warm hands, You have flown so high and so well, That God has joined you in laughter, And set you back gently into The loving arms of Mother Earth.
10: Lake Nantahala | LakeNantahala is located in the towering mountains of western North Carolina, near the small town of Topton. It sits like a pristine jewel at the edge of the Nantahala National Forest, surrounded by the rustic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
12: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu
13: Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein
20: The Ceremony October 23, 2010 | Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. ~ Aristotle
21: I love you, Not only for what you are, But for what I am When I am with you. I love you, Not only for what You have made of yourself, But for what You are making of me. I love you For the part of me That you bring out.
24: And when my lips meet thine, thy very soul is wedded unto mine
28: Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be
29: I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kiss
32: The Houses
43: The Storm