Saturday, April 3, 2010

2010 Week 14: Semana Santa = Holy Week

Palm Sunday
We enjoyed a great family day celebrating March birthdays--Chef-son and Jimmy, both 30+.




Monday, we were busy preparing for our trip to Townsend, TN. Mike joined another bicycling group, continuing his training in the mountains this time.
We traveled Tuesday and the first ride was that afternoon. 
We did not know most of the members of the Marion Cycling Club, but I was very surprised to see a Venezuelan that my former colleague and students had befriended at his restaurant and to meet his brother.


Wednesday was the first long ride. It was easy to get lost, take a wrong turn, miss  the group. But Mike found his way back by watching the sun. The brothers also got separated from the rest. A loooong day.




Our lodge, front and back.


The restaurant where we had breakfast every day.



In the evenings, after their long rides, we went as a group to a different city each night. The last evening together we ate Mexican food at El Jimador, which I learned means The Agave Farmer. (Do you know what they make from agave?)



After a shorter ride today, everyone left. We had already planned to stay another night so enjoyed a leisurely drive to Pigeon Forge to see what we could see. We visited several pottery places.

Have a blessed and meaningful Resurrection Sunday!


Leah's art work years ago

11 comments:

Lhoyt said...

It is so exciting to enjoy these trips vicariously. I kinda hope they will be a possibility for us when I am free to some traveling. What a beautiful lodge!
Also, it is so neat to 'run into' persons you met in the past, or who know people you know.

sara said...

yea for birthdays!!!

sounds like a fun trip!!

Happy Easter!

Kim said...

Does the Venezuelan fix food from his country in his restaurant?
Looks like a beautiful setting where you stayed in TN.
Did Mike get ideas for future pottery projects while in Pigeon Forge? We just saw quite a few pottery booths at the big art fair in Cordoba this week.

skoots1mom said...

love your pics...
biking that far, wow!
love your last pic especially!
sara notified me i had the wrong post noted...so, now i've fixed it :)

The Bug said...

What a nice trip! Those brothers are CUTE LOL.

Elizabeth said...

Happy Easter!

What a beautiful lodge you stayed at... I would love to own a place like that someday!

Dena said...

Great pictures! The lodge looks so inviting and relaxing. nice!

I have agave nectar that I cook with as a replacement for honey/sugar....but I only do it because the doctor told me to. LOL

Tori said...

That cake looks very tall and thick!
What a beautiful place to be biking.
Have a super week!!

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

I actually DO know what they make from agave!! Tequila!! (YuCk!) But they also make Agave Nectar, which my vegetarian friends use as a sweetener, but it's not as healthy as they think it is. In fact, I've read it's even WORSE than high fructose corn syrup! Anyway... :)

Sounds (and looks!) like y'all had a fun trip!

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

I actually DO know what they make from agave!! Tequila!! (YuCk!) But they also make Agave Nectar, which my vegetarian friends use as a sweetener, but it's not as healthy as they think it is. In fact, I've read it's even WORSE than high fructose corn syrup! Anyway... :)

Sounds (and looks!) like y'all had a fun trip!

SmallTownRunner said...

Looks like it was a fun time. (: