Wednesday, June 27, 2007
High Rock Lake, North Carolina
Last weekend, Ellen and I spent a few days at High Rock Lake in North Carolina. This was really a business trip, but it was also very enjoyable. We hooked up with Florette and Chuck again, whom I often refer to as "my American parents". I spent a lot of time with them about a dozen years ago during one of my first ventures to the US. It was a great time I have fond memories of.
Going back was great, actually. Much less has changed than I would have expected. High Rock Lake is developing, and there certainly are more homes the rich and famous built around the lake than there used to be, but it isn't nearly as bad as I would have expected. All the old places (like the boat club) are still there, except for Speedy's BBQ, which apparently has just fallen down (probably due to the hot-sauce-vapors). Lexington style BBQ is excellent. I prefer it much over Texas style BBQ for instance. We had some the last day we were there (at a different place) and it was very good. I also forgot how much I liked those hush puppies. Mmmmm......
We did some work while we were there, but we also had a very enjoyable time on the water. Being out on pontoon boats is as fun as always. Here's a picture of Chuck (that would be "dad" :-) ) and us out on the boat:
It is amazing to see some of the houses around the lake. I didn't bring a camera, but Florette (well, "mom" :-) ) took some pictures for me. We missed some of the bigger ones, but these are still pretty cool. Here is Chuck's and Florette's house:
And here is their neighbor's house, which has a cool mediterranean flair:
BTW: Florette is selling some of these unique properties on the lake. If you are interested, check it out here.
Anyway: It was a blast. We socialized, we sailed around the lake, and we may even had a beer or two :-). We also visited friends of Florette's and Chuck's who have an awesome pier with a private bar. Unfortunately, we didn't bring a good camera that evening, but I tried to take some pictures with my cell phone:
Yeah, I know. These pictures are not great. You'll just have to take my word for it: It was awesome!
Oh, and as much as Chuck is probably hoping I wouldn't mention it: We also had another High Rock Horse Championship. Chuck and I used to play basketball in the driveway (a "father and son thing", you know) so I challenged him for a competition. But as it turns out, Chuck had no balls! Literally. But we shamed him into buying a basketball the next day. At that point I thought I might be in trouble. And in fact, I was already down H-O-R-S to nothing! Oh boy, how embarrassing that would have been! But I fought back and won the whole thing with 5 straight points! Yeah, baby! I never doubted my ability. Really, I just wanted to cut Chuck some slack. That is my story and I am sticking to it! :-) Hight Rock Horse Champion again! Unbeaten for the last 12 years...
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