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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Long Weekend in the Mountains with Friends

After breakfast jam session.
After a year and a half, we finally found a weekend that worked for all four of us to get together at my boyfriend's cabin. We left Friday and came back late Monday ... and we had a blast! We hiked and shopped and ate and hot-tubbed and read and nerded and watch movies and worked jigsaw puzzles ... and laughed so hard we cried. It was a wonderful weekend that ended way too soon. So now, we're making plans for a whole week sometime this summer ... YEA!!

Here are a few highlights ...

A peek at the summit of Brasstown Bald
My boyfriend and I went to Brasstown Bald last fall (click here for more info on Brasstown Bald). It was so amazing, we had to share it with our friends. Much to our dismay, it is now off-season and the shuttle no longer runs, so you have to hike to the top. The path is paved and just over half a mile ... but it's a steep, steep climb up! Fortunately, the views are worth the climb and it's all downhill afterwards.
Two of the falls at Duke Creek Falls
After stopping in Booger Hollow for some granola bars and water, we went to Duke Creek Falls. Duke Creek is a series of beautiful waterfalls. Pictures never do justice to the majesty of a waterfall, do they?

Daytime temps were in the 60's while we were there, but the ice walls that form on the side of the mountains were still frozen.

Before we left, I took one last photo off the master bedroom deck, the mountains completely hidden in the fog.

After lunch, I took one last photo of the fog-draped mountains.

All of us wished aloud for one more day together in the mountains. But ... one more day just makes you want another. A weekend in the mountains is truly cathartic.

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