Sunday, November 22, 2020

Isolating in the Mountains - Day One

Last week I spent time self-isolating with the boys in my favorite place in the world - Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. I had a leadership conference all week that was virtual (it was supposed to be in person in NC) and since the boys are in virtual school, I decided it was a good opportunity to get away for a few days and enjoy a change of scenery. We were able to get a swap with our timeshare for Fairway Forest, on the Sapphire National Golf Course. They've got a ton of cleaning protocols for the condos so we felt very safe. We got takeout from restaurants to eat in our room and brought up groceries with us for breakfasts and lunches. Plus Jackson County has a mask mandate any time you are out around others and people were following the rules with no issues. We also took Davis' best friend Tim with us - he's been in our quarantine bubble from church this whole time - and he gets along well with all of the boys. We made some awesome memories together; I zoomed for my meetings in the mornings and we spent the afternoons outside hiking trails to waterfalls (we visited 9!) and hiking along rivers and one of the tallest mountains in the area. Then after dinner the boys would work on virtual school and I would catch up on work for church. And we manage to sneak in a few board games at night too. 

Saturday morning walk along the golf course with Davis and Tim 

Goofing off next to the Horsepasture River that runs through the resort area. 

A short walk around part of Fairfield Lake - Bald Rock never disappoints on views!
The dog from the girls camp on one side of the lake came around to play. 

Recreation Field - we brought baseball and gloves, croquet, lawn darts and cornhole with us from home

The entrance to the golf course and our neighborhood for the week 

Community Center for Socially distanced Putt-Putt 
(one family at a time and all the clubs and balls sanitized in bleach) 

Waterfalls between Highlands and Franklin 
1) Bridal Veil Falls 

2) Dry Falls 

3) Cullasaja Falls 

And since we couldn't visit the pool or the jacuzzi, the boys turned the tub in our room into one! 

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