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Thursday, October 05, 2006
Deep Creek Therapy
Going on about 10 years now, our family has carved out Columbus Day weekend as a fall getaway for the family. At first, we tried a few locations in the Shenandoah mountains with varying degrees of success. From major floods to snowstorms, it was not exactly relaxing. After the last trip ended with a surprise early fall snowstorm, my mother gashing her head and bleeding all over the place, a whopper of a storm resulting in a power outage at the cottage, burning dinner in the fireplace as a result, raccoons getting into the cooler, and smoke backing up into the cabin, we decided that less rustic, closer, accomodations were in order.

So...for the last 8 years, we have been renting a very large, very posh, house in Deep Creek, Maryland. There are 11 of us: parents, kids, in-law and progeny. For the first few years, we tried out a couple of different houses, but soon discovered that we enjoyed a mountain top view overlooking the lake, and settled on one house in particular, or the one nearby.

Columbus Day weekend in Deep Creek never dissapoints. The leaves are at their peak colors, the weather has been largely WONDERFUL, and we hike, play games, cook, put together puzzles, watch football, take the kayak out on the lake, and just generally hang out. We are also rabid readers, and a large amount of time is spent on the deck polishing off books.

The entire family looks forward to this weekend together more than just about any other time of the year - including Christmas. I know I do.

And after today, a four day weekend in the mountains is just what the doctor ordered.
posted by Broadsheet @ 8:54 PM  
5 Editorial Opinions:
  • At October 06, 2006, Blogger Double Dogged said…

    I love Deep Creek Lake. At one time I had family living near the lake. I would spend weeks during all times of the year fishing and hunting. During the winter it always had snow being at a higher elevation. There was never a problem moving around in the snow as people knew how to drive.

    Have a great weekend chilling out with the family.

  • At October 06, 2006, Blogger Charissa said…

    Ooooh, I wanna come!! Can I be your-friend-who-comes next year?

  • At October 06, 2006, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Charissa - I'm sure you're a lovely girl, but I kinda tend toward men when it come to the "friend who comes" category.

  • At October 08, 2006, Anonymous Bonanza JellyBean said…

    Hope you have a great time. The weather is beautiful as all get out today! Enjoy!

  • At October 09, 2006, Blogger Charissa said…

    Rules, rules... :)

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