Friday, July 31, 2009
Okay --okay---this is the last post from our fabulous weekend at Mountain Air with George's son and family. BUT--I think I saved the best 'til last!!!! These are the views of the North Carolina mountains all around us that weekend. The picture above actually was taken at Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway (on our way back to the condo from Sliding Rock). Except for the next one, the remainder of the pictures were taken from the Mountain Air Resort area. Hope you enjoy!!!!!
We saw this pretty waterfall right off of the road --as we traveled down the mountain from the Blue Ridge Parkway going toward Asheville. We stopped in the middle of the road to get this picture... (The people in the car behind us blew their horn --but there was nowhere to pull over. We just made them wait 'til I got the picture!!!! ha)
Just think of the views that all of these homes have on that mountain. The homes sit RIGHT on the edge ---and all have open decks or big porches along the back---where one can sit and enjoy the mountain view. Must be nice!!!!!
I love seeing the sun's rays in this photo.
I also liked this one with the fence.
The clouds in this picture are so pretty, and...
... also in this one.
The clouds were so different the next day when we took pictures. This picture was taken near the airstrip and the place where a big mountain lodge is supposed to be built sometime.
I think I showed this one before in a previous blog, but it is my favorite one out of all of them. SO---now you've seen all of the beautiful views we saw when we were there. Hope you felt as if you were in the North Carolina mountains --at least for awhile.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have done several posts about our weekend with George's son and family in North Carolina, which took place the weekend of July 10. As I mentioned in previous blogs, Mountain Air is a ritzy resort in the mountains of North Carolina --near Burnsville (northeast of Asheville). I blogged about Mountain Air Resort itself, about our picnic to the Pink Beds and also sliding at Sliding Rock. Today I'm going to show you some pictures we took from the condo. Above is a view from the deck---where we stayed most of the time when we were there. Below are more.
George enjoyed sitting on the deck. If there had been a bed out there, I'll bet we would have slept out there. SO gorgeous!!!
The deck--from the other direction; There was a bird feeder out there, but no birdseed!!! Darn!!!! I could hear TONS of birds in the distance while we were on the deck. The one I loved listening to was the Towhee (who sings "Drink Your Tea-he-he-he-he"). Have you heard this one????
The deck wraps around and there's another door which goes into the master bedroom.
Here's a view of the woodsy 'yard' around all of the condos. I was impressed that they built all of these condos ---and left all of the big trees and woods.
This is the side yard next to the condo. IF you look carefully, you can see (barely) the next set of condos on the top left. The builders did a great job at keeping the privacy.
Melissa had put together two large booklets filled with all kinds of 'projects' for the kids to participate in. She did it for their use on the long trip (from the Tampa area to NC--and back) --but they also worked on some of their projects at the condo. George and I were so impressed at how SMART both of these little boys are.
Bob and Melissa fixed meals for us that were fit for a king and queen... This particular night, they prepared chicken and hamburgers with all of the trimmings. Melissa's baked beans were to-die-for!!!! YUM!!!
As you can tell, I absolutely loved this condo and our weekend with Bob and family... Now it's time for the best part----the SUNSET!!!
The beginning of a beautiful sunset on Friday night, July 10
Oh---how pretty!!!! What a view we had from the deck!!! We sat outside even after dark--talking and drinking coffee.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh-----can I hear you saying that????? Is that sky not stunning???? Wow!!!! That was the end of a marvelous day and weekend, with those we love.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I'm sure that there are many places in this world where the wealthy go to get away from their busy lives. One place they may go is to the MOUNTAIN AIR RESORT near Burnsville, NC (in the Blue Ridge Mountains northeast of Asheville). Mountain Air is a gated community which has luxurious homes, condos, cabins, etc.
George and I definitely are NOT wealthy (except in our hearts)---but we were invited to visit George's son and family at Mountain Air the weekend of July 10. They were vacationing in a gorgeous condo (which belongs to Melissa's parents) at Mountain Air. We had a marvlous time ---and they took us on a 'tour' of the area. That weekend, I felt as if I really was one of the 'privileged'.... (Of course it helped that the young people 'spoiled' us while we were there.)
Today I'm going to show you some of the pictures that we took while in the Mountain Air Resort area. In another blog post, I will show you some of the gorgeous views from these mountains--but today, let me introduce to 'how the other half live'.... Above is a picture of one of the golf courses which were built all over that mountain. Below are more pictures. Be sure and click on the pictures to make them larger--for better viewing.
On the top of the mountain, there is a beautiful 'mall' area ---filled with shops, a restaurant, a golf pro shop, a swimming pool and even a putting green --in the middle of all of the shops/stores.
Wouldn't you love to go swimming in THIS pool???? Look at the view!!!! Wow!
Do you see the tee on this hole????? Look at the top--near the left---way up there!!!! Mercy!
This is the 'kicker'!!!! This resort has its own private airstrip. People can fly their private planes into the resort and spend the weekend at their mountain homes. The resort management will pick people up when the airplane comes in ---and take them to their homes. The resort will also have their home 'ready' for them!!!!!! Talk about the LIFE!!!!
Which one of those private airplanes do you want????? I'll take ANY of them. ha
We rode around the resort (which is HUGE) and were impressed at some of the landscaping and beauty around us. I loved this little covered bridge.
The area we are entering here is called Timber Sky. I like the way they used 'timber' for decoration--across the road.
In the same area, look how they used 'timber' as the bridge railings. Neat, huh?
Here is one of the many multi-million dollar homes we saw --sitting on the edge of the mountains. You have to see these homes in order to realize the beauty. We walked in one unfinished one... HUGE!!!!! And to think---most of the people who own homes such as this probably own 4-5 homes like this. Unbelievable!!!!! One of the homes we saw (it may have been this one) belonged to the Chef Boyardee family. Another one we saw belonged to the Oreck Family--you know, the vacuum cleaner family!!!!
Here's another home ---as seen from the road below. The pictures just don't do them justice. These were homes that were built with native stone and wood ---which helped them fit into the environment in the area. They were simply GORGEOUS!!
I'll close showing you one of the great views we had ---from all of the areas around Mountain Air. Wouldn't you just love to have a cabin on top of this mountain with THIS view?????? Wow!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On July 10, George and I met his son, grandson, son's girlfriend and her son in North Carolina for a couple of days of fun. George's son (Bob) and family live in Florida --but were vacationing at a condo at Mountain Air (near Burnsville, NC) owned by Melissa's parents. They invited us to come and visit them while they were there.
The first day we had a picnic at PINK BEDS. After lunch and a hike, we drove south to let the kids play at Sliding Rock. The Sliding Rock area is literally a cascade of water flowing over some huge rocks. It's one of the most popular places for tourists and locals in the summertime, as evidenced by the number of people there. Above is a picture of Sliding Rock --and below are more of the kids and Bob sliding down that rock!!!!
First, Bob and the 2 boys had to stand in line in order to get in that COLD water!!!!!
OH---that water IS cold. AND---we have to sit down in it!!!! Yipes!
Here we go!!!!! The nine-year old seems to love it.... Daddy is holding his son (age 5).
Uh-Oh.... Dad and son got separated!!!!!!
In the water, Little Guy looks like he's ready to get out of there!!!! ha
Okay----let's do it all again.... Little Guy is still not sure of all of this!!!! ha
This time, Dad and son stayed together!!!!!
Although I thoroughly enjoyed watching the 'sliders'---I also enjoyed seeing the blooming Rhododendrons all around the area. Click on these last three pictures to get a better view of the Rhododendrons.
Standing on the little bridge, I took this picture of the creek --with Rhododendrons on both sides. Gorgeous!!!!!
One more picture of the creek and the Rhododendron; We just happened to get there at the perfect time to see all of the blooms.
If you have kids or grandkids and are in the mountains of North Carolina in summer, be sure to take them to Sliding Rock. They will love it ---and even some brave adults (even older ones) enjoyed it also!!!!! Me????? I prefer to take the pictures!!!! ha ha