I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, but to be truthful, I’ve just been lacking the energy and motivation. My job is out of control and will continue to be for a few more weeks, and when I’m not getting home until after 9pm a few nights a week, there’s just not much left in me.
However, I thought I’d better share a bit about the perfectly-timed weekend getaway we took last weekend with our good friends Amy and Brian. I think if I hadn’t had this relaxing and fun weekend, I might have had a serious meltdown this week between stress at work and the ongoing extreme heat and humidity we have been having.
We took off on Friday afternoon and drove less than three hours to Rocky Gap in western Maryland. Maryland is a very odd-shaped state, and this is the little skinny part where our state is squeezed in between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It’s a whole different world out there – mountains and quiet instead of cities and hustle and bustle. It’s so out there that my smartphone didn’t get a signal! (Props to Apple on this one; our friends’ iPhones did work!)
We stayed at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort, which is adjacent to a large lake and a state park. We all raved about the lodge and the service – it was really top-notch. There was a really nice mix of guests, ranging from couples like us to families with children to the retiree crowd.
After checking in, we decided to hit the driving range, since we had a tee time in the morning. By the time we got our clubs, picked up our baskets of balls, and got to the driving range, the sky was looking a bit ominous. Brian got one drive in and sure enough, the thunder started and the clear-the-course siren rang. We all had to chuckle a bit about the fact that we’ve been having a drought and we hadn’t had rain in weeks, but the moment we set foot outside on our getaway, the rain rolled in! But, we were good sports about it. We went ahead and had an early dinner, and then spent the evening lounging at the indoor/outdoor pool and jacuzzi area.
Here are the books that Craig and I took with us to the pool. Can you guess which books belong to each of us? [Hint: My book club does not read books on machine learning and statistics.]
On Saturday, we hit the links and played the resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. I have to say, we all noticed a significant, positive difference between this course and the public courses we are accustomed to playing. It was a really nice course, and the setting was lovely.
After golf, we grabbed some lunch and then split up for an afternoon activity. The men took a Segway tour of the area and the women got pedicures. By about 5:00, we were all ready for a cocktail… or several. [Side note: Amy and I decided that all future rounds of golf should be followed by pedicures and daiquiris!] We ended up claiming a table by the lake and staying there until about 9:30, eventually ordering a pizza to soak up go along with our cocktails. We wrapped up our evening with a visit to the campfire (pictured below when there was still some daylight) where we enjoyed s’mores as dessert, and then played a couple of rounds of euchre in the lounge.
On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast and then took a fantastic canoe trip around Lake Habeeb. I was really pleased that we included this activity, because when I’m that close to a lake, I feel the need to get out on it!
After that, it was unfortunately time to head home. We had a really fabulous weekend with great friends in a great destination. I’m certain we’ll be returning to this getaway spot in the future!