We all know how much “pivoting” “adjusting” “rescheduling”….(dot,dot,dot) has happened this year.
NOTHING has been “normal”. Regardless of what side of the MASK you breathe from, we ALL know that A BREAK, any break, is good for the sou!
Your break this year may be SIMPLE!! Like one Honey and I took a few weeks back. We dug up a few lawn chairs, a picnic basket and some good books! As simple as that seems, it was so-so good for our souls!
After 128 days at home and living a pretty serious life, last week, we FLEW THE COOP with a few of our family members for a short getaway to the mountains of North Carolina. We were thrilled to hang out by a a crystal clear lake in adirondack chairs cooled by lovely mountain breezes.
So–for my first “Travel” feature on Simple Hospitality, I thought I would share a few things that really, really worked and a few that..well, not so much. Just keeping it real and hopefully sharing a few lessons learned for next time. I want to share my truthful observations about the destinations we visit as I would want to have shared with me.
Our long weekend was spent at the beautiful Bear Lake Reserve in Tuckasegee, NC.
We have enjoyed many family vacations swimming, hiking and playing under waterfalls at that wonderful place.
The entire environment of Bear lake is stunning, clean and beautiful and offers many options for all ages and needs for family’s entertainment.
We spent 2 ENTIRE DAYS sitting right here with an occasional trip on a kyack, pontoon boat or to the pool, which was awkwardly monitored because of COVID–i.e they would not allow any of our own food, including water, requiring some very pricey drinks and snacks. The staff was gracious as always and apologetic for the rule.
The weather WORKED!
Smack in the middle of July, it was PERFECT which REALLY WORKED since we spent 95% of our time outdoors.
ALL the views WORKED! This is from inside to outside of our rental house. Perfect.
The house inside–ummm…not as perfect.
In spite of a $225.00 cleaning fee applied to our rental cost, the unit we had was NOT very CLEAN. Of all the times we have enjoyed Bear Lake, this was not our favorite unit–especially for such a time as this when cleanliness is in the news. On the positive side, I “shared” my disappointment about the condition of the house and was refunded the cleaning fee so they attempted to make it right.
We were very blessed and grateful to get away for a few days this Summer and realize many people can not.
How about you?
Will you be making intentional plans to take care of your soul–even if this year it’s from a lawn chair under a tree?
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus calls us to come to Him if we are weary and he will provide REST FOR OUR SOULS.
I am absolutely certain, He has a soul rest for you!! I would love to hear about it!
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