#Retreat March 23

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Last month my wife and I joined 5 other couples for a long weekend retreat to the mountains over Valentine’s Day.

Our group out for dinner.

Group at Valentine's Day

This trip involved directions. Directions to the house we were renting, directions to the ski slope, directions to neighboring towns, and even directions to hike on a trail for our entire group.

There were two moments on our four day retreat that we actually had to RETREAT and both were wise decisions.


This occurred with us turning back on a hike before we completed what we started out to accomplish.

Our group decided we would walk the Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock NC. This is about a 3 mile hike. It is an out and back and the trail has some waterfalls along it.

Our group below on the trail


About .8 of a mile down the trail it crosses the creek and after you cross it will takes you to the noisy waterfall called The Cascade. There is suppose to be a bridge to help you get across the creek.

The picture below show what we were suppose to see. Notice the logs on far side of the bank after you cross bridge.  The bridge sits on top of some big rocks.

glen-burney-trail bridge

Well when we got to this spot on the trail the bridge was washed out.


From pictures above you can see we had two of our group (Joe Osman and Giuseppe Terranova) cross the creek navigating rocks and climbing up the muddy embankment. We discussed should the entire group try that and we decided NO. The reason was we knew a disaster awaited if not on the trip up a muddy embankment surely on the way down. We also knew our next stop was Blowing Rock Brewery

Blowing Rock Brewery

We decided to RETREAT-if you look close at the middle of the photo below you see the washed out bridge



We traveled to Blowing Rock NC from Banner Elk driving along Shulls Mill Rd. This road has 71 hairpin turns in the span of 4.2 mile. The video below might give you a flavor going up the road by car. For the record we were not traveling this fast and the video does not show the highest elevations on this road.

After our hike we went to explore all that Blowing Rock had to offer including lunch at Savannah’s Oyster House.


While we were eating we noticed a fog roll in that each of us said was the worst we had ever seen. We walked outside and we could barely see cars 25 feet in front of us with headlights on as we crossed the street.

fog (2)

Our second RETREAT was not to return to Overlook Estate our mountain rental via Shulls Mill Road. We took the longer route to Boone and arrived safe.

The Duke of Wellington once said ‘The mark of a great leader is to know when to retreat, and dare to do it’

We got back to our rental home safe because of two decisions to RETREAT

Overlook Estate


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