I’m back from two fun 3 day trips. I should talk about them in order, but I haven’t received the wedding photos yet so I’m blogging about the work trip first.

Two of my underwriting coworkers and I left Monday at 1 to head to the mountains. We arrived in the Hendersonville/Flat Rock around just in time for the hotel’s happy hour. We stayed at Mountain Lodge which was an amazing quaint place. It is even prettier in person. They had appetizers and wine from 5-7 daily & hot breakfast every morning. Some of my agents met us for dinner at Mezzaluna in the cute downtown Hendersonville Monday night. I had a Sweetwater Blue, shared appetizers with the group & the Manicotti for dinner. My friend ordered a pasta with peas that she didn’t love, so she helped me finish mine!

Tuesday morning started out early as we made our way up the mountains to Lake Lure. We were there for a district meeting which met at Rumbling Bald Resort. Some of the group went on a quick lake tour and others had a horseshoes tournement. I chatted & cheered them on. We also had lunch under a tent on the lake shore {burgers & hot dogs~ I ate cheese & tomato on a bun~ as well as the best potato salad ever}. Most everyone left after lunch, but we hopped on golf carts and hung out {& did a little golf clapping} with the 4 foursomes that we’re playing golf. It was so pretty with great views so I took a few photos with my phone of Eileen & Gwen & the course.
After golf we went to one of Eileen’s agent’s homes on the lake. He & his wife took us out on an almost 2 hour ride showing us all the beautiful homes & even the Dirty Dancing “I carried a watermelon stairs”. I’d left my camera (aka my phone) at their house, but Eileen took these while we were out on the water.
After the boat ride which included a few appetizers and beers, we went to dinner with them at View at the Point. Here’s the view of the lake from the restaurant at dusk.We ended the night in our room with a bottle of wine & Dancing with the Stars. 🙂

Wednesday morning we stopped by three different offices: Transylvania, Henderson & Polk on our way back to Raleigh. Two of the Henderson Co agents took us to a farm stand and bought us fresh NC apples. I also bought hot cider {it was a chilly morning!} and an apple cake mix that I plan to make tomorrow night. We left western NC by 1 and they dropped me off at home before 5. I had a great time visiting a new-to-me part of the state and getting to know the people I talk to over the phone most of the day. I’m calling this my thankful Thursday post because I really am grateful that I work with such awesome people and a company that pays for me to go visit with them!
Also thankful for picnik which I tried for the first time tonight! You’ll be seeing more of their photo collages!