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

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The front porch of our cabin

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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

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Robert opening a bottle of wine inside our cabin

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Me in a familiar pose: catching up on Bloggerland

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

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The lovely view from the top of Whiteside Mountain

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Robert & Dorothy at a scenic overlook

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

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Enjoying some good Carolina barbeque & sweet tea

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

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

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Downtown Highlands

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The Old Edwards Inn where we had lunch

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Robert in the beautiful dining room at the Old Edwards Inn

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Dorothy's delicious chicken salad

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Robert's grilled chicken

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Vidalia onion soup

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Hummingbird Cake for dessert

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Robert shopping (as rare a sight as me hiking)

6 comments:

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 said...

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

Leslie 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.

Melissa

tami said...

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