We finally got up to the semi-remote property that my husband’s great-grandparents bought in the 1920s, and is now owned by his family and extended family. This property is on the headwaters of the Tuckaseegee River, with lots of National Forest land around. It is a beautiful spot, with no cell phone reception, TV, or phone line. There is electricity, but staying in the 100+ year old “lodge” (which was built by loggers, and probably not intended to stay upright for more than 20 years), is really glorified camping. The wooden floors lean, the mice outnumber the visitors, and the doors barely shut (or else don’t open). But, the kitchen has a great gas stove, which is fun to cook on, and the rooms stay dark so that children (and hence their parents) sleep in, there is a new mattress that does not smell musty, and right now, the roof does not leak–plus there is a flush toilet(!).
Anyway, we always have a fun time–fishing and splashing in the river, hiking, roasting marshmallows, and playing games (baseball or board games, depending on the weather). We, or I should say they, did a lot of fishing, and we had an epic game of Monopoly.
Though usually, we visit with friends or extended family, this weekend, it was just us. A few people told us they planned to come up on Saturday, but the weather ultimately kept them home. We enjoyed the river in the morning before the rain and board games on the porch during the rain.
We are hoping to get back this fall for close to a week, rather than the usual weekend. It is quite a lot of work to stay there (bring your linens, food, pillows, clothes, towels, etc.–and then wash them all when you get home), so it will be nice to spend more time. And, get to explore more places with the little ones. They have not experienced all the trails, lakes, and interesting things in the area, and William and I are looking forward to being with them to do it.