Thursday, August 7, 2008

Good friends, good food, good scenery.

Last weekend Robert, his mom and I took Dots to camp in North Carolina.

We flew into Atlanta, and I was able to show my mother-in-law the much-loved city where I grew up.  We enjoyed a good lunch at Seasons 52 in Buckhead and then drove to South Carolina to visit an old friend from both Atlanta and SMU days at her lakehouse.

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Amy's lakehouse

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The dock

Some other families on their way to camp were also there (including another SMU friend from Connecticut whom I hadn't seen in 22 years!).  Dots enjoyed meeting the other girls (one of whom ended up being in her cabin), and I loved visiting with my friends while enjoying some good food and wine in a gorgeous setting.

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Life is good

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Amy with a boatload of girls all screaming, "Faster!"

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Dots having fun tubing on the lake with new friends

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Beautiful sunset over the lake

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Enjoying some good food & company

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Me with my SMU friends Amy & Jennifer.

In North Carolina we dropped Dots off at camp and then shopped, hiked, ate a lot of good food, drank lots of wine and sweet tea and just generally enjoyed the cool weather and beautiful scenery.  It was a wonderful place to relax for several days, and it was a special treat for us to spend some extended time with Robert's mom.

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Me, Robert & Mimi with Dots in her cabin

The front porch of our cabin

The walking trail near our cabin - led to some shops & restaurants

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Robert & his mom enjoying an al fresco lunch at Lightwater Grille in Cashiers

Robert opening a bottle of wine inside our cabin

Me in a familiar pose: catching up on Bloggerland

Me in not so familiar a pose: hiking up Whiteside Mountain

The lovely view from the top of Whiteside Mountain

Robert & Dorothy at a scenic overlook

Robert's mom titled this 'On top of old Smoky'

Enjoying some good Carolina barbeque & sweet tea

Robert & me at dinner at the Brown Trout Mountain Grille in Lake Towaway

With my book & cell phone on the front porch at the cabin

Downtown Highlands

The Old Edwards Inn where we had lunch

Robert in the beautiful dining room at the Old Edwards Inn

Dorothy's delicious chicken salad

Robert's grilled chicken

Vidalia onion soup

Hummingbird Cake for dessert

Robert shopping (as rare a sight as me hiking)


Mary Alice said...

that looks like a wonderful time. Nothing better than sweet tea and BBQ after a day at the lake. I miss the South!

JoAnn said...

I loved "going" on vacation with you and especially seeing all the photos! Looks like a great time.

Liz Harrell said...

What a beautiful place! You always look so adorable in your pictures!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful time. I was just up in Cashiers in June. Where did you rent that wonderful cabin?
And how is Vivian?

Melissa said...

What gorgeous scenery. Oh, and that food looked absolutely scrumptious.

Also, I loved the pictures from your tour of the museum in Germany.

Hope your summer continues to be a good one.


Tami said...

Beautiful and yummy-this post makes me want to travel south. What a special family time.