Monday, October 20, 2008

Tired, But Happy

The Playfriends spent the weekend at our chapter retreat and I, for one, had a glorious time. We laughed, talked, ate, and laughed some more. Plotted stories. Commiserated. Learned from others. It is an experience to look forward to every year.

One unexpected bonus this year was discovering a small community not far from our B&B that is perfect for walking. Perfect? What am I saying? It was ideal! This little wooded area is filled with sidewalks, historical houses, quaint wooden bridges, and gorgeous scenery. I felt blessed to walk in such a precious place. To think we’d been there 2 years prior to this and I never realized this little gem existed. I’ll definitely be dropping by next year too.

So thank you, my walking buddies, for the stroll through the woods and the inspiration! I look forward to seeing where your stories take us to.

Where was the last place you enjoyed the scenery? Was it rural, wooded, urban, neon? Tell us all about it.



Smarty Pants said...

That was a really beautiful place, although I did not care for that really long bridge.

I'm excited to see all the pictures from this weekend.

M.V.Freeman said...

Angel, the retreat was fabulous!
And I have to say the walk at the retreat--in a community filled with cottages, and changing trees, where bridges spring out of no-where and inspiration just drips from the air.--that really did it for me.

I have a tale that is perculating from that walk. :)

I can hardly wait for next year!

Linda Winstead Jones said...

It was an absolutely beautiful walk! I'm getting into hiking, even though I'm not in what anyone would call outdoorsy shape. :-) I love getting out on a wooded trail, looking out from up high, breathing in the fresh air. This is the perfect time of year for a nice long walk!


Instigator said...

I really enjoyed the walk...and the view from that bluff is amazing. I could have sat there all day.


Playground Monitor said...

I still remember the sense of discovery I felt when we realized we weren't entering just any old assembly grounds, but one where people had built homes and let their personalities be reflected in what they named them, how they landscaped the yard and how they decorated the outside of the house and porch. I would dearly love to see the inside of these houses.

And yeah, there's a story percolating from the walk and one particular house I saw.

I can't wait for next year! Or maybe we need to have ourselves another hike before then. Who knows what we might discover?


Kathy said...

Since my DH's family is from there, I always knew historical houses were in there, but never thought we'd have time to look. I'm so glad we finally invested our time, our good health into that walk. The bluff provided a peaceful panoramic view of the valley. And I have a thing for walking amongst autumn leaves. The rustling, crinkling sound is so comforting, and the bridges were AWESOME!

Who knew they had trolls?

Sherry Werth said...

The retreat was amazing! It was my first of many to follow and I would like to thank everyone for making it such a wonderful experience.

The hikes were perfect. I'm missing them already!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

That bluff was gorgeous! I've already talked the hubby into taking a trip up there soon just to look around. :) PC and I were home in about an hour. The back way takes no time at all. :) Oh, and if you go the back way sometime, stop and see Falls Mill. It's amazing!

I can't wait for next year!!!

Playground Monitor said...

Another nifty spot nearby is a nearby university campus that looks like something straight out of "Goodbye Mr. Chips" or "Dead Poets' Society."

Next year just can't come too soon.

Problem Child said...

While I prefer to appreciate nature from the safety and comfort of a porch swing, I'll admit the walk was nice.

I had a great time this weekend, but I really need a nap now...

Jane said...

There's a small park across the street from the library. The leaves are beautiful and the park was full of dog walker and children. As the weather gets colder, the park will be more deserted.

Liza said...

We go to Gatlinburg every year for our work retreat. Once I get past all the traffic, our view is always amazing. We go next week, so I'm ready to sit and look at the mountains.

Angel said...

Jane, I really wish there were more parks around here. I'd love to take my kids to one on a regular basis, but the only one I know of is way across town.

Liza, we just went to Gatlinburg recently. It was my first time to go in the fall, and the views were even more beautiful than usual.