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In celebration of her birthday, Cheria and I spent the the
weekend at Shatley Springs, a small country resort in scenic Crumpler, North Carolina. After sharing a wonderful late-afternoon
meal in the popular restaurant with almost 20 of Cheria's favorite
"kinfolk", we dropped off our "stuff" at the cabin and joined
Sage for a walk around the duck pond.
Stiff autumn winds had already given us a rather cool day, and as
the sun dropped below the horizon it began to get downright cold. As
we began our trek around the pond, the ducks became quite lively,
swimming back and forth as if they wanted to "show off" in front of
their latest audience.
Although the setting sun had already dropped out of view, there was
plenty of residual light to illuminate the pond and place the trees
and ducks in silhouette. I just had to take a picture of such a
pretty scene, so I ran back to the cabin to get my camera. I barely
managed to return to the pond and snap off a few shots before the
cold got the best of us and we had to head back to the cabin.
We really enjoyed our stay at Shatley Springs, and we plan to go
back there in the spring. Maybe the next time it won't be quite so
chilly and we can spend a lot more time in the great outdoors in the
spectacular North Carolina mountains.
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