Life Unexpected

I love my new life. It’s funny how things never turn out as planned. I should know this by now, yet I am still surprised by it. The thing is, Deal took a huge pay cut in this position as caretaker, which is why it was so important for me to find a full-time job.…

Hiking, then and now

We have been getting out and doing more and more hiking these days. Novel concept, you know, since we live ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. We are trying to re-hike the miles north and south of here so we are experts in our field. We get very specific questions about the trail in the area and…

Foster Kitties

Jess Hi, my name is Jess and I spent just over 3 months living with Steadee and Deal. They were awesome foster parents. They provided me bugs, mice and much more as my toys and snacks. My favorite spot was a basket they had in their bathroom. But then I had to go away. At…

Fins to the left … take 3

We’ve created this dangerous tradition with Deal’s friend TheHoss/Jason and his girlfriend Accessory/Adrienne … going to the Jimmy Buffet Concert!!!!!! Our third round happened this past weekend! This is actually my 4th Buffet concert and Deal’s 10th, or 20th. I don’t party often, especially now that age keeps creeping up on me. But for some…

Deal’s Family

Almost immediately after my sister’s family left, Deal’s family arrived! First, his preggo sister (our third niece or nephew to arrive in November!!) SILMeow/Julie and her hubby Napolean Dynamite/Russ. They were only at our place for one night before we ventured to Virginia Beach (all the way on the other side of VA) for a…

Steadee’s Family

Quitting my job was timed perfectly for our oodles of back-to-back family visitors. First up, my sister and her family spent 5.5 days with us. I can’t even imagine working while they were here, because we all know you need a lot of energy to keep up with those kids!!! On a side note, we…

Visitations Continue …

We had more visitors roll through in July and now in August and they will continue through the end of the month (4 more arriving manana)! As much as I know you want me to recount every detail, I only have time to highlight our most recent visitors … of course, I probably have no…

86 Years Young

 A few weeks ago, my Nana (my mom’s mom) turned 86 and we got the WHOLE family together to celebrate. The majority of my extended family lives in New Jersey, but there are a few exceptions like myself and my sister. I also have an aunt, uncle and cousin who live in Alaska, cousin in…

We are famous!

Okay, not really, but a local TV station did a piece on the lodge/hostel for their Backyard Adventures Series. A 2-minute segment on the news is enough fame for me! Here’s the link to watch the video (it’s only active for the next 2 weeks): http://www.tv3winchester.com/home/headlines/Backyard_Adventure__Bears_Den_Trail_Center_161436975.html

Let the visitations begin!

There’s so much I want to write about, but so little time! For now, I wanted to share some pictures of all our wonderful visitors. We have pretty much had visitors every week in June and I expect this to continue through July and August!! In fact, we have more visitors coming from New Hampshire…

SURPRISE!!

Aren’t you lucky? 2 posts in one weekend!!! My sister (QuickQuestion) traveled 376 miles by train, bus and car to surprise me for Memorial Day Weekend!!! She, Deal, and my parents were in cahoots to work out the incredibly complex logistics planning. My sister is about as directionally challenged as Deal is. In fact, I’m…

Celebrating 75 Years of the AT …

The weekend of May 18-20 (yes, I realize that was 2 weeks ago), Deal & I traveled down to Damascus, VA for Trail Days, an annual celebration of long-distance hiking. This could not have happened without 3 things: 1) Scott/Redwing & Marie/Hopeful, the former caretakers, coming in for the weekend to cover the incredibly busy…

Where we live

Well, so much for my “bonus post,” as it’s been almost 2 weeks! My “bonus post” was going to be pictures of where we live!!! It is so hard to explain in words and pictures don’t even really do it justice, but they should give you a better idea. You can enter the lodge through…

Seis de Mayo

Hi there. Has it been 2 weeks? Oh, 3? Really? Oh boy. That means I missed my deadline for my biweekly blog post! I am sure y’all will be much more forgiving than my job is about missing deadlines … Overall, we had a pretty good 3 weeks, if you consider we had no car…