Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cabin Trip

When I moved to Atlanta a few years ago, I really didn't have many friends that lived in the city. Most of my close friends lived in other parts of the country. But about 8 months ago, I reunited with an associate that I mad met years ago the first time that I lived in Atlanta. Since that time, I have been integrated into his group of about 10 friends that we collectively call "The Family". A little over 2 months ago, a member of the family died of malaria while on a trip to Spain. Right after that, we decided that we all needed a weekend away from the world and we decided to rent a cabin for a weekend. So this past weekend we spent time in Ellijay, GA in a nice, spacious cabin and had a wonderful time. The cabin was equipped just like any other house; kitchen, living areas, basement, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, satellite television, pool table, and jacuzzi.


After 2 months of anticipation, all 9 of us arrived around 6pm after battling traffic to get out of Atlanta with 1 rule; NO ATTITUDES. And one motto; LIVE LAUGH LOVE.

Food, drinks, and, music were all brought in for us to enjoy. We didn't make any concrete plans of what we were going to do except to have a crab boil on Friday night and a barbeque on Saturday evening. And of course we drank and drank and drank some more.


Friday night we got out the big pots and boiled some crab legs and corn on the cob. While the cooks were handling that, I was being the DJ playing music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Anytime someone screamed "that's my song" they had to sing the song karaoke style. We also played some spades for a while. But once the food was done cooking, we ate until it was gone!!!!!!!!!!!! We had a movie playing for those who didn't play cards and after spades and the food, we had group discussions about being out, having children, being single vs. involved (there were 3 couples and 3 singles there), and a few other subjects until about 4am.















Saturday morning we woke up and cooked breakfast fit for royalty (mimosas included). Some of us ventured outside to take pictures and just get some real fresh air. I loved just sitting on the porch swing looking out into the woods. A few people stayed inside talking and eating some more. Most of Saturday afternoon was spent watching television and DVDs, and talking.
Saturday evening we barbequed on the patio and drank beer (Black folk style) and laughed and played cards and pool. After the barbeque we all went back inside when the bugs started biting and it got pitch black dark outside. We watched a few more DVDs and had more conversation about different subjects and we went to bed about 2am.


Sunday morning we woke up about 8am and cooked breakfast again. I think that we watched the last of the DVDs that we brought and we had to clean up to check out by 11am. Then we hit it back to the city.

To say that I enjoyed myself would be an understatment. Being in the company of friends/family and being away from problems and issues was what I needed. Before we departed, we decided that we are gonna have to do it again when it gets cold like in January February. But you can best believe that I will be renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle next time. Those gravel roads were torture on my car!!!!

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21 Comments:

Blogger Cash S. said...

Hmmm, that is a great idea. I'm going to have to steal that.

7:54 AM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger ThisMightBeMe said...

looked/sounded like fun.

8:22 AM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger D.LavarJames said...

This sounds like it was really a terrific trip. More of us should do things like this that are different and not the same old thing. I try and tell my friends that ALL the time.

Sounds like all of you really enjoyed yourselves, and it was great that yall set those rules up before hand... I heard that!

8:36 AM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

I'm with Cash - I just called two people from my crew to see if they'd be interested.

8:50 AM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Ladynay said...

OK, this post gets a lil hateration from me! LOL

11:44 AM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger bLaQ~n~MiLD said...

Nice! That sounds like some serious fun! I need to get my friends up off dey ass so we can all go out and hang!

~Damnit!

12:40 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger J said...

im hatin right next to ladynay. Sippin my bitchberry koolaid.

Damn I wish i had a group of like minded folk to kick it with even if its just once a year!

1:53 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Cocoa Rican said...

sounds like a lot of fun! Wish my friends and I did stuff like this!

1:55 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Ty said...

I wish I was there. I used to go camping in Canada every winter with my family but we haven't done it in a few years. It also didn't have the jacuzzi and other fine amenities. It was very rough but fun.

5:26 PM, October 10, 2007  
Anonymous Steve said...

Hi N. Just catching up and see you've posted several times. As usual, you have turned this situation into an opportunity to analyze yourself. That's good. You (especially you) always seem to learn from the things life throws at you.

I wonder how much of your angst was about the upcoming camping trip, and going alone? That would have been an issue for me. But it seems you had a great time. I live this "country" life every day and never appreciate it enough (a trip to the city on the other hand......)

:-)

9:28 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger The Captain said...

*Ain't that nice...*

10:34 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger life said...

This is my second time hearing about renting out a cabin, where can you do this? I want to call my friends now.

11:09 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Valentino said...

Looked like a very relaxing time...

11:48 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Jones said...

I've been waiting for these pics. I wish my damn friends did stuff like this.

My only gripe is that as a Marylander, I cringe anytime I hear someone say they're boiling crabs.

Crabs are steamed with beer and Old Bay seasoning boy!!!

8:39 AM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger fuzzy said...

that looked like a newer Maxima! if i'm right yea do rent a AWD offroad suv or something lol. Ya'll had a blast I see. Maybe when I get my trip together for the holidays it will be similar.

1:35 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Ailed LittleKnight said...

You all can have the outdoors!

3:32 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger E said...

Wow. That does sound like so much fun. I think a lot of us in the life could use a weekend retreat like that. I may have to crash your winter one...*LOL*.

10:22 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Kyon Saucier said...

I am glad you had such a great time and I know you needed it. Bissous...

3:47 PM, October 13, 2007  
Blogger Thundercizzle said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

4:34 PM, October 14, 2007  
Blogger *Madosi said...

my brothers and I did that in April. it is a great time. and ellijay is great. that's where we went. wow! we are planning to do the same again, its fun and great to just get away.

1:59 PM, October 15, 2007  
Blogger yet another black guy said...

damn, ya'll did it UP! I ain't mad at'cha at all. that was probably one of the best things you could've done; get away from yourself and truly enjoy good company.

10:18 AM, October 23, 2007  

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