After a week of a quiet house, we raced back to Virginia to pick up our munchkins. Nonni kindly met us at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia, and we did our best not to squeeze Annaliese and Caspian until they popped.
The next morning we took a long hike to the top of one of the mountains above the lodge with a happy Caspian, and an exceptionally grumpy Annaliese. Since she was a baby this little girl has had a hard time transitioning; she is amazing in social settings, and a champion at being away from home, (as long as she can call us whenever she needs to, which on this trip was every couple hours.) After being brave and independent for so long it takes her some time to switch gears.
I forgot how much fun all those phone calls were. "Hey Daddy..."
A gorgeous setting. The lodge was nifty. The "Lake" part of the mountain lake lodge was missing. Drainage problems. It was a surprise to us, what with the website covered in lovely pictures of a clean lake below a huge stone lodge, and I'm sure I'll touch on it again.
So happy to have us all together again.
Exploring neat things and places. How has nobody rebuilt this awesome stone shell? It sits 20 ft back from the amazing view above.
We reaaaallly missed our kiddos. And Annaliese's grump was lasting longer than we could wait.
The walk back to the lodge was along a lovely forest path, with lots of ferns, and periodic pine trees to take shelter under when the rain picked up.
It may look like a ufo, but it's really a giant water tank near the top of a mountain. There were other smaller ones dotting the forrest nearby.
Even though the lodge didn't have a lake, it was surrounded by lovely walking trails, held outdoor movies each night, had a little swimming pool, tennis courts, game room, gym, bocce ball court, giant chess board, a big lodge with a restaurant and bar, and did its best to excuse the absence of the lake.
We had a great time. Missing are the two days we spent here with Cousin Hazel and his parents. Those will get here soon.
Following a lovely weekend, we packed up our little family and rocketed home. A mere 12 hours in the car, exploring roadside attractions on the way.
Everyone was happy to see the kids.