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Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

March 28, 2006

Fall into the GAP!

Deal’s Gap is just a magnificent memory.  If only it could have lasted a few more days, we had such a great time!

The NOLA group was well represented, with Rat Bastard, Sh1tStir (formerly Hell Boy), Joey, Joe, Chris and Magna Bob arriving Thursday night.  Linda and I arrived with Tom, Gary and Brian from Memphis on Friday afternoon.  H1, DIL, H2, Major Dad, Big Boy and Kevin arrived from New Orleans late Friday evening and Owen arrived from Boston VERY late Friday night.

We left Memphis Thurday morning.  Tom had drawn a straight line between Memphis and Deal’s Gap, then we followed his GPS along some beautiful state roads and highways.  We stopped in McMinnville, TN for the night, then on to the GAP on Friday, arriving around 4:30 PM to wet roads and chilly weather.

The mountains were gorgeous!!  Breathtaking scenery of rivers, valleys, trees, a dam, and winding, twisting, turning road!  Awesome!!  

Deal’s Gap resort is nestled into the mountainside just barely across the N. Carolina border on U.S. Highway 129.  I think we had 9 or 10 of their 14 available cabins.  Very quaint and rustic.   They also have a gift shop, two pump gas station and a restaurant that served breakfast (fantastic French toast) through supper (delicious BBQ sandwiches).

The proprietors were really accommodating, even leaving the restaurant open after hours for us to sit in the dining area and watch TV.  We would turn off the lights and lock the doors when we turned in for the night.  How many places are that trusting now-a-days?

Saturday and Sunday we were treated to some DELICIOUS meals cooked by Major Dad.  Steaks and pork chops one night, burgers and sausage and hot dogs the next.  It doesn’t matter where he is, he can COOK!!!

We owe KenEllie a HUGE “ThankYou” for watching the pets for us, which made it possible for Linda to make the trip.  Next time they have to join us, along with Patti, Ian, BB and Seamus Chipotle for a truly complete family affair.

Returning to Memphis we came from Knoxville on I-40 through some of the prettiest countryside I’ve ever seen.  I’ve been saying all along how pretty and nice the area around Memphis is, but East Tennessee just might have the upper hand in scenic beauty.  Going through the foothills as we left the Smokies was beautiful.

There will DEFINITELY be another gathering at the GAP!!  For sure, when hopefully the temperatures will be a bit higher than 20s and 30s!

We are glad to be back, and happy to be blogging once again.  Take care and God bless you!

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Blogger Patti said...

Sounds like everyone had a great time...where's the pics??

8:17 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

I wanna go back now.


10:14 AM  

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