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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Back from the mountains!


So we survived our Thanksgiving in the mountains. It got off to a rough start - mixed/crossed communications on arrival time - we arrived and no one was there. It was pitch black for the last 90 minutes of the drive which was a bit scary because that was where we were actually going UP the mountain; very narrow and winding roads. Scary!

Everyone arrived around ten p.m. and luckily we had a key to get in so we were already settled. When we woke up the next morning, I was blown away by the view. I don't think I could ever tire of looking at it! The house that we were staying at was high up on a mountain and had a small, man-made lake that Frank and Michael fished, we drove over to Chimney Rock with the intention of going to the park and climbing the mountain but they were closed. We ended up walking along their River Walk which was pretty breathtaking, too.

Thanksgiving
night the winds whipped up something fierce and in all of my life I had never heard wind howl like that. It was pretty intense and creepy, but I seemed to be the only one bothered by it. Dinner was wonderful (and healthy!) and we left Friday afternoon with the hopes of visiting with some other friends who live in the area. Unfortunately, the hostess was deathly ill and so rather than head back over to the mountain retreat, we headed home. I'm not going to lie to you, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel on the way and feasted on a lot of unhealthy foods - I had chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits! And a Coke!

All in all it was a nice change of pace but I really am just too
much of a food control freak (especially on the holiday's) to do something like that again. Any other time of the year would be spectacular - there was mention of how on the Fourth of July you can see more than a half dozen fireworks displays around the mountain in her back yard - now THAT I can do!

I hope that all of you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

*Today's Examiner.com article is on homeschooling the only child. You can read it HERE. Thanks!*

6 comments:

PJ said...

i love the mountains, but also get freaked out with the drive. i do not like windy steep roads. the pics are beautiful. my thanksgiving was short and not so sweet. holidays are not a good time for my family but we survived it. have a great day...hugz!

jenn said...

I live about 45 minutes from Chimney rock! We might need to get together there sometime.

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

grampy said...

Sounds like you had a good time.Glad to see you got some goodies on the way home.

A Lil Enchanted said...

I'm glad you had a beautiful view to enjoy Stace... great pics!

A Lil Enchanted,
~LaShan~

Frugal Vicki said...

I LOVE the mountains. Something peaceful and wonderful, but I agree with you that sometimes a little scary. Hubby refuses to camp in anything other than a cabin. I used to sleep under nothing but the stars. I agree now, though. What is it about being young and fearless?

I am glad you found a little peace in your busy and stressed November!

Jeff Aspacio said...

Oh how I miss spending a night in the mountains. The stars are so visible as compared to the night sky view in the city.