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June 13, 2007

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the
leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for
everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

e. e. cummings

Chers Amis,

    Have you all been camping lately? If you live in the southeast, I have a lovely locationThree_by_the_lake to recommend,  Cheoah Point Recreation Area on Lake Santeetlah just outside Robbinsville, North Carolina. We spent a   fabulous rain and wasp-free weekend in May at Lake Santeetlah complete with inflated air mattresses  (for a change) and low temperatures (hi 73, lo 45). It was ideal! The campground has recently been renovated and the sites are like new with grills/fire pits, level gravel pads, sturdy picnic tables and lake views.  The bathrooms are spotless, heated (when necessary) and boast hot showers.  We have done quite a bit of primitive camping w/o amenities BK (before kids) (memories of Corsica, waking on a stony beach in a hot pink sleeping bag surrounded by BULLS anyone 🙂 so I am not insistent on amenities, but it sure was nice to feel that hot water on day 3!  The kids cared not about bathrooms, but they loved splashing at the lake and exploring the woods.

100_1293 I found it very peaceful and serene.  One morning the kids and I got up early and walked down the steep path to the shore.  A silver mist was rising from the slate blue water, wreathing the trees in white and obscuring the neighboring hills.  Mountain laurel bloomed thickly on the100_1295 slopes, often leaning over the water’s edge as if to see its reflection. The hillsides were covered with the tiny  bell shaped flowers of sparkleberry bushes and pink lady slippers nestled discretely in the greenery.  One of my favorite discoveries were the sweet birch whose fruit dry to resemble miniature pine cones no bigger than my pinkie nail.

Nightfall brought s’mores, laughter and more stars than I have seen for decades.  The boughs of the trees appeared to be hung with white lights and the sky studded with gems.  It was a wonderful trip that we plan on repeating,ideally in October leaf season.  For maps of the area check out Graham County NC Maps. I will try to post later about a fantastic nature hike we took through the towering tulip poplars at nearby Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.  Gorgeous!  Until then don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in the Great American Backyard Camp Out on June 23!  Find that tent!

–Marjorie (Who has been terrible about posting lately. Mea Culpa)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hélÚne permalink
    June 13, 2007 3:07 pm

    J’aurais aimĂ© ĂȘtre avec vous …
    et souviens toi de comment on rentrait dans les campings pour prendre une douche en faisant semblant d’ĂȘtre client !

  2. June 13, 2007 11:45 pm

    Oh, we love, love, love Lake Santeetlah! Isn’t it wonderful!?!

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