We stayed at Big Lynn Lodge in Little Switzerland. A very cool 100-year-old lodge, where at promptly 6:00 pm the dinner bell rings. When Sherri told me of the low price and that dinner and breakfast were included, I was worried! everyone sits in long rows sort of cafeteria style. Fresh bread and a salad to start with. The menu reminds me of what we had when I was a kid (One meal you do not like it maybe breakfast will be better.) but surprisingly I did like it, sliced beef, Brussel sprouts, and corn with peach pie and ice cream and a cup of coffee for dessert. We met several people from all over the Carolinas and Tennessee. The owner walks around to each table and chats, introduces himself, makes you feel really at home After dinner they had rec room down stairs with a pool table card tables and nice leather sofas with a big coffee table with lots of jigsaws puzzles to play with. Up stairs a parlor with a piano and a well-stocked library. Nice patios with comfortable seating outside.

I love some of the people you see when you travel.
While sitting outside we noticed that out on the front porch of cottage 103 this gentleman in a black button up shirt with a white collar, clergy style, his hair slicked back and parted on the side, mirrored sunglasses, smoking a cigarette. A whole movie played before my eyes as I watched him smoke his cigarette. I wished I had my camera and the nerve to ask him for a picture for the book cover at least!

One of Sherri’s favorite things to do around here is to go to the orchard at Altapass on a Saturday afternoon get some of their hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream, listen to the old time music and watch the dancers, maybe even join in on a dance or two. Today it was packed, most of the dancers seemed to be in their 80s. Have you ever watched young people dance it is as if they are in competition, who is the better dancer, who can get the prettiest girl? With these older people, it was a pure celebration of life and the fact they had made it this far! We had a great time and was glad we had got to join in the celebration. Afterwards, we went chasing waterfalls.35463256954_c89863bbcb_z

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