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Thursday, July 05, 2007

mo ritzy

Mo continuing at the Ritz-Carlton. We left the smores location and started wandering around the facilities. We found everything to be very well built. This place is called a lodge and there was a semblance of resemblance to a lodge but it was much overdone. The lobby had exposed timbers and each one looked like it took most of a whole tree to make and the ceiling was at least 30 feet tall.

There was another large building out front of the main one and as we walked by we noticed the lights were on and the door was unlocked so we went in. Contained therein was a spa, indoor pool, workout room and massage center. It was at least two levels and we glanced around a bit but left shortly because they were closing. These facilities were available free to guests between the hours of 6am and 9pm. We went over to the other end of the lodge and discovered that this whole end was nothing but large conference rooms – where conferences are held – just a guess.

We tired of the wandering and went back to our room for the evening. We awoke next morning to the cold hard fact that our little getaway was almost over. We readied ourselves and went down for breakfast at the same restaurant as the evening before and at the same table by the windows. I forgot to mention that we had one fly and one gnat at that table the night before and we discovered shortly that they were still there. I think they were the same ones and were possibly assigned to this table.

We ordered and in a short while we were munching on our victuals. The Spice had ‘grilled buttermilk pancakes’ – not sure why they put the word ‘grilled’ on the menu because I think that is the only way one can cook pancakes. I’m most sure I’ve never had them baked and certainly not fricasseed. I think that it made the name longer so they could charge more for them. But she had three huge pancakes that spread over her whole platter – I had to help her eat over half of them – poor me.

My choice was the egg whites frittata just to be different. This was prepared with egg whites, of course, spinach, mushrooms and another veggie or two. This was good, albeit a little different from my usual morning fare – this was consumed along with the inherited pancakes and fruit from the Spice. You might say that I didn’t leave the place hungry.

After breakfast, we got our stuff together, checked out, loaded up and headed out of this short chapter in our lives. My younger brother just happens to live on the opposite shore of this lake and we went over to his place for a short visit. We looked around his house on the lake and at some of the changes he had made on the outside. He had rebuilt his dock and separated it from the joint use one he had had with his neighbor. His wife was getting off work and he made arrangements to meet her at a lakeside restaurant that one could either drive in or float in to eat.

He put his boat into the water; we skimmed down the waterway and tied up at the restaurant. His spouse was waiting for us when we arrived and we had a very enjoyable meal together – the Spice and I split a hamburger plate since we were still somewhat full from breakfast. His wife had errands to run so she departed and we went on a boating tour back up the waterway. The houses built on this lake are very large and expensive – we also saw the Ritz-Carlton from the water.

When we got back to his dock and put up the boat it was time for us to get on home. We said our goodbyes and headed for home – glad for the experience but more comfortable with less lavish surroundings. Still in all I know that God is good, all the time. ec


Blogger Brenda said...

A nice boat trip and a visit with family wrapped up a wonderful adventure for you. Life is good!

7/06/2007 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr.Eddie ~~ I am so glad that you and your wife had such a nice sojourn at the Ritz. And the boat trip with your brother sounded like fun also.
Poor you, having to eat some of the pancakes. We had more rain today, and I hope you get some too. Preferably
not on the Thursday beach trip.
Take care, Best Wishes, Merle.

7/06/2007 04:08:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - Life was and is indeed good - and the whole two days were an adventure from beginning to end.

merle - The pancakes were quite nice, I was hoping she would leave me some but I didn't know that I would get over half of them. The rain predicters haven't been very accurate of late and now we may get rain on that Thursday and maybe not. ec

7/06/2007 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

It appears that I must go back and read “ritzy.”

7/06/2007 03:54:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - It is about as silly as this one. :) ec

7/22/2007 01:35:00 PM  

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