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A Country Road Date on the Scenic Route

Another date on the scenic route happened this week!  I absolutely love looking forward to a date that we have planned, but sometimes those spontaneous dates are just what a tiring week needs!  Such was the case last Friday night.

My husband and I watched our daughter and grandsons drive out the driveway just before supper time.

“Go grab your purse and let’s go for a drive, ” my husband said.

Well that took me all of a minute and we were headed out the door for the country roads surrounding our home.  We went up 75 then hit some slightly curvy roads that take us to Greeneville, TN.  We go through Limestone and make our way to Philadelphia, TN.  The views are breathtaking.  The pace is slower (maybe that’s because I can’t handle curvy roads at a very fast speed!!) The experience is refreshing!!


I love old barns.  What is it about them that makes the scenery so much prettier?  Then of course there are the mountains in the background!


We made our way to Pilot Hill Store on Snapp Bridge Road.  It is like stepping back in time. We love sitting out on the screened in back porch whenever we go!  Look at this view…


They do sell some items in the store, but their real claim to fame is their food. I usually always get their Barbecue Sundae, which is barbecue in a mason jar, topped with slaw, beans and a cherry tomato!  It is as cute as it is delicious.

This time I got a wedge salad with barbecue on the side.  It was very good.


My husband had the Fried Bologna Sandwich.  It was a whopper!


I think they called it The Mule!  He loved it!

Whenever we go to Pilot Hill, it’s always delicious and a fun time.  It made for a great beginning of our date.

After dinner we meandered into Greeneville, TN.  They’re getting some new stores – one being a Marshall’s.  We strolled through it, then of all places, we visited their new Publix Grocery Store!  I didn’t need anything, we just wanted to see what it was like.  It was fun to see what they offered and just have no purpose or anything to make us hurry.  We were just “hanging out” together on this trek on the Scenic Route and we had so much fun!

Our next stop was Lowe’s for a couple necessary items, but it’s one of my favorite places to browse!  Pointing at lamps, accessories and purchasing home products together reminds me that we share our home and it’s ours.  We are a family – just the two of us, and we are thankful.

The Scenic Route never disappoints simply because it makes us slow down and just be together.  Sometimes there’s not such great cell service, and that’s a very good thing.

Where could you and your spouse go this weekend?  What scenic route near you has some little treasured spot that you haven’t seen in a while?  Where could you go so you can “lose cell service” and be together? 

Do it and refresh your marriage!

denise a

5 thoughts on “A Country Road Date on the Scenic Route

  1. Thank you for writing these little gems. I’ve been reading them for awhile now and I have always enjoyed them. But today’s meant a little more. For the first time since 1995, my husband and I are child free. Our 20 year old twin daughters just returned to their respective colleges for their third year. And our 24 year son moved to Georgia earlier this summer. And this former stay at home mama just doesn’t know what to do with herself. My husband is thrilled to have the house back, me…not so much. But reading your post this morning reminds me that we have a great opportunity to be spontaneous again.

    Before the kids came along, we frequently would get up on Saturday mornings and decide to just hop in the car and drive where the mood took us. We are lucky to live in south central Virginia where an hour and a half east is the Atlantic ocean and an hour and a half west is the Blue Ridge mountains. I think tomorrow might bring our first adventure as a child free couple again! Thanks again for the inspiration! Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog and for encouraging my heart with your comment today! I pray you will see the beauty of this time of your life, ordained by God! I hope you and your husband had a fun, spontaneous date!!


  2. You two are such an inspiration. My wheels are working….trying to think up and adventure for us this week-end. I, also, love old barns. Actually, I love all the old, falling down buildings. I just wish their walls could talk and tell me their story.

    Seeing Dale with his fried bologna sandwich reminded me of my daddy. He loved fried bologna. He was a great man too…..just like Dale.


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