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2010 Pinhoti 100 and other fun things

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Friday night was the regular night for the grands to spend the night. We had a great time playing with Thomas the Tank Engine, reading books, and watching old cartoons on the computer. Saturday morning was Kids Workshop at Home Depot. They each made a spice rack for Thanksgiving.

After lunch we took them home, loaded the camper for our nights adventure, and tried to get a little nap.

Saturday was the 3rd annual running of the Pinhoti 100 Ultramarathon Trail Run.

Imagine running 100 miles through the woods in freezing weather. Don't know why anyone would want to do it, but they do. DH and I have worked Aid Station #17 (mile 89.63) every year (seems not everyone can stay up all night). We had to be set up by 7:15 Saturday night and our cut off is 8:43 Sunday morning.

We took our camper (I gotta have some comfort, and we needed the generator) and put the solid sides on the Easy-up with a propane heater inside. We also built a small campfire to help keep warm and to welcome the runners to the station. It was a nice chilly evening (down to 27) and we had a hard time keeping everything from freezing. The chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate were popular with the runners.

Our first runner came through about 11, next one about midnight. Slowly they trickled through and as the sun came up we started seeing more of them. Most of the runners have a crew that come to the stations to cheer on their runners. It is always nice to chat with them. Some of the crew are also runners who are helping out friends.

About 9 the sweepers came through and let us know the course was clear and we could pack up and head home. We shared our home made oatmeal cookies with them, the packed it in, took our paperwork to the finish line, went home, ate some cereal, and got in bed about 11. Woke up at 5, cleaned out the camper, ate dinner, soaked in a nice warm tub, and went back to bed. I can only imagine how tired the runners were.

Even though we were frozen and worn out, we will be back to do it again next year.

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EDWARDS1411 11/12/2010 8:46AM

    Wow - what a great weekend! Luv the grands' spice racks - overall what a fun visit for them!! And the race sounds like an amazing event, but camping in 27 degrees, kudos you you both!!!

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COLEENCOLE 11/12/2010 8:25AM

    How special you must make them feel.

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DOR2BFIT 11/10/2010 10:21PM

    That's so cool! emoticon

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MAKULEWAHINE 11/9/2010 12:42PM

    What a great week-end. It's volunteers like you who make these events happen and successful. Sounds like fun.

I love those Home Depot projects. My son takes his kids every now and then and they have some cute projects to show off.

Have a great week:)

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NANA2PRINCESSES 11/9/2010 5:29AM

    Loved the photo of the little carpenters. Sounds like a fun cold-weather outing too. You folks have too much fun:)

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Beauty all around us.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We all go on vacation and take lovely pictures. I am no exception. I just love to travel and see new places and things. DH and I had a great time on Mackinac Island, and riding the trails in VA and NC. But how often do we take the time to see what is in our own back yard. So I took my little camera on our bike ride Tuesday morning (got home just before the storms hit) and got some nice pictures of our little bike trail.

We went to the back side of the trail and rode in on a forest service road.

The trail is closed in in places and very open in others.

I hope you all get out and see some of the sights in your back yard this week.

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/28/2010 10:54AM

    Your pictures make me want to go out and buy a mountain bike!!!! Oh wait, that's your back yard not mine!! LOL It is just beautiful. The trails around here are hilly and rocky as far as I know. I might be willing to try something a little less up and down if I could find it. For now I'll stick to my road bike.

Got in a ride yesterday which was just awesome. Rain today etc.:)

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SARACYCLE 10/28/2010 10:43AM

    Beautiful pictures Beverly. With the winds/rain afterward, I'm not sure what it looks like, now. Maybe after it dries up a bit, I'll get out there.

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JDFAN448HS 10/28/2010 8:16AM

Beautiful photos taken in a gorgeous area!! This looks like a great area to ride horses and just commune with nature. Lucky
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POCKETLLAMA1 10/28/2010 6:42AM

    These are great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/28/2010 6:10AM

    We've been dealing with severe wind (no power) for 2 days now so haven't dared enter my little back yard woods. Hope to this weekend. Although our leaves are pretty much gone, there is beauty whatever the season. Thanks for sharing.

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2010 Castleberry Reunion

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Once again it is family reunion time. We started this 4 years ago so MIL could get most of her family together once a year. Even though she is no longer with us, DH decided to have it again this year so we got together last Saturday. There were several members who couldn't make it, but those of us who did had a great time.

DH smoked 2 Boston Butts and 2 turkey breasts, made baked beans, blue berry pie, black berry pie, and banana pudding. I fixed corn, field peas, broccoli salad, pistachio salad, corn bread, oatmeal cookies, banana bread muffins, and pound cake. Others brought green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, potato salad, chili, eggplant lasagna, turtle cake, chocolate chip cookies, and pecan pie tarts. We all age way too much, but it was all good.

Here is our group this year.

We were able to set up tables on the new deck.

Some of us ate inside.

Some just had to take a nap.

And there were plenty of games.

I wish the lake had some water so we could have taken the canoe out, but it is what it is.

Plans are already in the making for next year's get together.

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/27/2010 4:44PM

    What a great idea and a wonderful way to keep in touch with family. It is a beautiful place:)

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ANNARUTH2 10/27/2010 10:38AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

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CARLANNIE 10/27/2010 9:20AM

    Okay, Bev..... you do know it's not nice to read about ALL THAT GOOD FOOD you fixed, especially first thing in the morning. Sounds delicious! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Seriously, I think it's great your dh is continuing the family tradition. Fun, fun!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/27/2010 8:42AM

    Its alway nice to reunite with family, Enjoy!

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The drive home

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our quilt retreat came to an end Sunday after lunch. It was a beautiful day so DH decided we would take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and see some of the trails he had run while I was sewing. What a beautiful drive it turned out to be. The colors were starting to come out and the views were wonderful.

What a great way to spend a week. I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. Hope you have enjoyed sharing a part of my little vacation.

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EDWARDS1411 10/18/2010 7:58PM

    Thanks for sharing such a good time and your beautiful pics!!!

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COLEENCOLE 10/17/2010 9:09AM

    So nice of you to share. Don't forget to post your project.

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/17/2010 2:04AM

    What a great ride! Thanks so much for sharing it. Such a beautiful area.

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RAMALEX 10/16/2010 9:24PM

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Camp Cheerio Quilt Retreat

Saturday, October 16, 2010

We finished up our ride Thursday about lunch, had a picnic lunch at the trail head before heading off to Camp Cheerio. It is about an hour drive and thanks to Constance (our GPS) we took the scenic route. We arrived about 3 and I could just feel the stress leave my body as we passed through the gate at the end of the drive.

There have been some changes to the camp. They have added an open air chapel since last year. And the view at sunset is just stunning.

The view from the dinning hall is still fabulous.

The Y-guides were there with us Saturday, but we rarely saw them except at meals. This was father/child camp and we enjoyed watching some of their activities. They all had their tribe names on their tables, so we chose some for ours. We were the "Dances with Wools", the "Runs with Scissors", and "So Sew Me" tribes

We had the entire upper floor of the Sloan Center again this year. Lots of space, all the tables we needed, large covered porch all the way around, big screen tv with leather couches for the hubbies, wireless internet, use of all the camp facilities (canoes, basket ball, Frisbee golf, fishing, horses, ropes challenge course, climbing wall, tennis courts, soccer field, archery, and hiking trails) if we wanted them. Of course the hubbies made use of some of them, we ladies just wanted to sew.

We did have lots of show and tell going on. This was a row robin one of the ladies brought and was one of my favorites.

And of course we had to play some games. This is Left, Right, Center (a dice game) played for HSTs we had made before hand.

Saturday was our version of Sisters. We hung up our show and tell quilts and projects we had completed at camp. One of the dads with the Y-guides tried to talk Jennifer into selling 2 of her quilts.

And this year we made a bookshelf wall hanging and donated it to the camp for the director's office.

DH went for some trail runs while I was busy sewing away. I did get the camp quilt put together and assembled blocks I brought into 4 tops (for ME) which are in line to be quilted. Sunday morning we put the final touches on our pieces, then packed up and left after lunch. That is always a sad time. We had 5 that had never been to one of our retreats and 6 returning quilters. Two of us have made it to all 4. It is almost like a family reunion now, we miss the ones who couldn't make it and keep them updated with daily posts and pictures of our events. The hubbies all managed to occupy themselves and seemed to have enough things in common for some lively discussions. There is talk of making it Wed - Sun next year. I'll be there!

Tomorrow, the drive home.

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EDWARDS1411 10/18/2010 7:57PM

    Sounds like you had a great time - it certainly is a beautiful place - and the work you ladies do is beautiful!!!

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ANNARUTH2 10/16/2010 10:16AM

    Everything looks just wonderful! Just a nice place to have a retreat and the hubbies get to come too!

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JANET1012 10/16/2010 9:43AM

    Would LOVE to go somewhere like this, since Elm Creek is fiction!

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GCHUNG 10/16/2010 8:57AM

    That looks like a lot of fun.

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BEVPRESLEY 10/16/2010 8:51AM

    I really cannot express how well we are treated at this camp. It was established in 1960 and some of the buildings are original. It is not new, but very well maintained. The grounds are beautiful, the facilities are good, and the staff is fabulous. Here is a link to their web site.


They close the camp for the winter the end of October, so we are one of the last groups to use it. I'm sure during the summer it is much more crowded, but sometimes we are the only ones there, then we really get spoiled.

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CARLANNIE 10/16/2010 8:25AM

    What a great facility for a retreat, and I love the bookshelf wall hanging - I'll bet the director does, too!

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COLEENCOLE 10/16/2010 8:23AM

    So amazing. I so want to do something like that. How nice to include the hubbies. I love the chapel pic.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/16/2010 7:58AM

    What a great time! I definitely need to do something like this at some point. Thanks so much for sharing your trip.

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