Monday, June 25, 2007

Thursday, June 21st - Bryson City, NC

We arrived at our place to stay outside of Bryson City, NC last night. We are staying at Lakeview at Fontana, which has a beautiful view of Lake Fontana.

Today is our 'down day' before the family comes in on Friday for the family reunion this weekend. They upgraded us to a 3 bedroom suite, which was lovely. The place is also a spa, but we didn't do any services - just relaxed! Here is Ken doing a little of that. He is getting a little well needed sun.
While Ken relaxed, I went for a trail run in the Tsali recreation area, which is about 10 minutes from where we were staying. It is a 'mecca' for mountain bikers, but the trails can also be run, hiked or done on horseback. I did about 6 miles on the Tsali trail.

The trail was through the forest, sometimes on a ridge, sometimes along Lake Fontana (which is huge!).
I saw a deer, but he was too fast to get a picture. Lots of not quite ripe raspberries everywhere! I fell in love with the area and vowed to come back some day. A fairly easy trail, but lots of small hills. I have never run in such a beautiful place.

Thank you God for the mountains and the trees and the beautiful blue sky.
That night, we went on a hike near our lodge. It was about a mile and a half and up and over a ridge. My legs are now officially 'trail tired'!

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