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Sometimes things happen for the best…..

If you haven’t noticed, I have been a bit lackluster in my blog posting for the last couple of months.  The reason is that I (and my husband) are just TIRED!!!!!  Over the last two years, we have spent 16 weeks overseas, married off a son, done some major home renovations, I have co-chaired a Quilt Show, been thru two hectic Income Tax Seasons, and have just generally been busy.

For that reason, Michael and I had decided that we wanted a vacation where neither one of us had to work or do anything that we didn’t want to!!!  

After some thought we decided to rent a house on Green Turtle Cay, part of the Abaco Island chain in the Bahamas.  It was a two bedroom house about 100 yards from the beach and our plan was to relax, snorkel and drive the golf cart to the local restaurant each night for dinner!!

Then Hurricane Irene came for a visit and sat on top of Marsh Harbor and our little island.  Our house wasn’t damaged, but the amenities on the island were, so we cancelled our trip and started thinking about where else we might go.

For many years our “go-to” relaxing place has been Snowbird Mountain Lodge just outside of Robbinsville, NC .


In the past we have stayed in the main lodge but this time we decided to splurge and stay in one of their “cabins” that overlook the mountains.  Each comes with a king size bed, huge living area, Gas-log fireplace, whirlpool tub,  and private deck complete with hot tub!!!!

We were scheduled to arrive on Monday, but woke up Sunday morning and wondered why we were waiting another day.  We called to see if the room was available, packed and headed North!!!

Now there are many things to do around Snowbird, and on our first visit, we hiked on the Appalachian Trail, rode horses and walked thru neighboring Joyce Kilmer National Forest.  On subsequent visits (all nine of them) we never left the property!!! 

So the itinerary for our five days is this…..wake up around 8:00,  eat a gourmet breakfast, sit at the lodge for a few hours and talk/work/stare at the mountains.   We eat our bag lunch, then move back to our private deck where we talk/work/stare at the mountains.   Then back to the lodge for a drink in the bar, a gourmet dinner and more time on the deck where we talk/work/stare at the mountains!!!!   (when I say “work” I am talking about planning and working on fun and creative things)P7260049

So far we haven’t found time to take an afternoon nap, but that is mainly because we dont want to lose time from talking, working and staring at the mountains!!!!

Now, I hate that the people of Green Turtle Cay have been hurt by the hurricane, but I am so thankful that we were not able to make that particular trip.

This is absolutely what we needed in order to recharge our batteries!!!!!


So goodnight from the beautiful mountains…..


See you in the morning…….

4 thoughts on “Sometimes things happen for the best…..

  1. That is such a beautiful location. Sounds like it is just what you needed. And it looks like you met some very interesting (green) travellers as well.Sometimes you do have to make yourself stop! Both the body and the mind need time to rest, relax and recuperate. Just imagine what you can now achieve with batteries all recharged!

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