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Markus is an enthusiastic traveler, who lives in Houston, TX (USA) most of the time, but also spends some time in Saalfelden, near Salzburg (Austria). He is fascinated by travel and also by his experiences gathered by living in two different countries and continents.

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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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RE: High Rock Lake, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:49 AM by Steve Hammock

Wish we could have spent some time with you guys... maybe next visit I hope. Take care.

RE: High Rock Lake, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:03 AM by Karen -

Sorry we missed seeing you guys. Chuck and Florette were excited about your visit and wanted all of us to meet you. Maybe next time! So now we know that apparently Chuck has children in other places....what a rolling stone he is. All joke aside they are great people. We think of them not only as great friends, but brother and sister so there you go....we're all family. (actually Florette and I are Flip Flop Sisters) Glad you enjoyed your stay and ya'll come back soon now... ya hear!!!

RE: High Rock Lake, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:26 AM by Chuck Melton -

There certainly is a stigma attached when you lose in basketball to an Austrian. I will have to carry that with me until we meet again. Do they even know what basketball is in that country? Nevertheless, I think Markus takes advantage of my aging memory. I do not remember him being the reigning champion for 12 years. We too had a great time seeing "our son" and Ellen. We will have to get them back to the lake for some more visits. Chuck

RE: High Rock Lake, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:54 AM by Lee Hinson -

We feel special now that our hangout bar on High Rock Lake, "Changes In Attitude" has gotten world wide attention. We enjoyed the time spent with Markus and Ellen and must plead guilty for "forcing" a beer or two.....or three...or...! Perhaps the next visit, we will do better than serving turkey hot dogs to our visitors although Markus did go all the way with SOUTHERN chili and slaw. Next time we will try to have Florette's Southern favorite, fried pork skins......right!!!

RE: High Rock Lake, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 8:14 PM by Donna , John , And Gage -

Hi, sorryI didnt get to meet you while you were here.Chuck and Florette are great We love hanging out with them and all our friends at Changes in Attitude.John said you all had a great time at the Boat and Ski club.Singing is his favorite past time. Come back soon and maybe Gage( our 9 week old son) will sing (or wail) with you. Donna

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 8:18 PM by Smiley and Karen Tysinger -

Sorry we did not get to meet you while visiting here in Lexington, NC. We are friends of Chuck and Florette and live on the lake and are proud to be frequent visitors to "Changes in Attitude" among other fun hang out places on the lake. Please come and visit again. We would love to host a "welcome back" party at our home featuring lots of music and great food! Smiley and Karen

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