Cabin in the Woods

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I’m slowly working through all of my photos of our vacation to North Carolina last month. These are of the cabin (and the views surrounding it) where we stayed at for the first part of the week. It was stunningly beautiful out there despite much of the Fall color being gone by the time we arrived (I heard from a park ranger in Asheville that Hurricane Sandy had blown away most of the leaves when it passed by). I’d love to say it was absolutely perfect but there were definitely some hitches.

Finding the cabin was difficult because it was located waaayyyy out on a curvy, treacherous road, then up, up, up a one-way dirt road and then a sharp turn and up even farther…you get the idea. There were several other houses up there and I just can’t imagine having to make the drive every day. As you can see, the view is beautiful, so I understand the appeal but you couldn’t pay me to do the driving out there. Even Brandon, who is a great driver, was pretty terrified on that steep, one-way road.

Anyway, it was huge relief to finally get to the cabin but it was not so great when we walked in and found that the power was out. Apparently, it was out for the whole area but the power company said they were working on it. So we went all the way back down the treacherous road to nearby Bryson City to get something to eat and stock up on groceries. By the time we were done it was dark, which made driving back up to the cabin super fun (that’s sarcasm if you couldn’t tell). When we got back the power was still not on. But technophiles that we are, we both had our tablets so we settled down to read in the dark. Just like the pioneers. Or something.

Thankfully, the power was finally restored within an hour. We settled in for the night and I didn’t even miss any of my Sunday night TV shows. Vacation back on track! Unfortunately, the weather didn’t want to cooperate. It rained off and on the next day. Because of the roads I didn’t want to go driving around in the rain so we just hung out in the cabin. I walked around when the rain slowed and got a bunch of photos of the lovely view. Honestly, I think it was even prettier in the fog and rain than when the sun was out. In hindsight, it was actually a really nice, relaxing day and hands-down the best day I had out there, so the rain probably did us some favors.

The next day I awoke to find the sun shining and I was happy…until I checked my email to find that one of my servers that hosts about 30 of my client’s websites was down. This is a terrible thing to happen on a normal day but on a day when I’m supposed to be on vacation it was just about the worst thing that can happen. Did I mention that this happened at about 7am after maybe 5 hours of sleep? So at 7am I’m having to answer emails from clients who are yelling at me and I’m yelling at the server guys to get the damn thing fixed. And of course this wasn’t some simple thing that could be fixed with a reboot. Basically the whole server was fucked and they had to take emergency measures to try to fix it. When that didn’t work they had to move everyone over to a brand new server. Naturally, this took the whole day and I had to put out fires with angry clients all day long. It got so bad that I was nauseous for much of the day and actually threw up at one point. What happened to relaxing??

Late in the day I realized this was our last full day at the cabin and I just got really mad. The whole day was ruined! Then I decided that I was on vacation, dammit, and I was going to act like it. At that point, there was nothing I could do about the server but wait, so I was going to make the most of the time I had left. I got in the hot tub and stayed in there for a long time. Brandon got in with me and we watched the sun set and the stars come out. It was peaceful and relaxing and just plain wonderful. Just what I needed! It almost made up for the hellish day I had.

On Thursday, I’ll post photos from the next day when I finally did get to go out and enjoy the wonderful scenery around Bryson City!

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