How do you record what you want to write, as the narrative part of a blog post? I keep a digital diary, which is helpful especially when days or weeks or even years have passed before preparing a blog post. I use Day One for my journaling.
I accidentally deleted my diary entry for Day 8 (Saturday, August 27), as I was copying the entry to paste it into this blog post. I have no idea how the deletion happened. Two weeks have passed since August 27. I will try to remember as much as I can about this day. The photographs that I took that day went a long way to jogging my memory.
I do recall that we decided not to do any sightseeing, to stay instead at A Holiday Motel.
We ate breakfast in our room.
“Slammer” (Jerry) arrived mid-morning and mingled among friends and sharing Butterscotch Schnapps. He shared butterscotch schnapps with anyone who wanted a taste.
Late morning Jim and Sandy and four other friends went for a short motorcycle ride.
At some point Bob and I walked to a nearby ice cream shop. It is an ice cream shop that we had been to prior to COVID. When we walked in, I thought that I was in the wrong place. It didn’t look at all familiar. All seating had been removed. I think the ice cream display counter was in the same place, but modernized with a huge mirror behind it. I remember barrels of candy. The candy was now in display cases all over the shop. We ordered ice cream and ate it outside on the porch. I had a banana split; Bob had an ice cream sundae. I couldn’t finish the banana split, so Bob had some of that too. The ice cream was lunch for us 🙂
We stopped at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds fountain on our way back to A Holiday Motel.
When we returned to A Holiday Motel, I found that the girls had gone to the Purple Store and that “Flip” (Brandon) and Renata had arrived from Greenville SC with their 1-year-old son Kingston.
Several friends went to dinner at Guayabito’s Mexican Restaurant across the street. We would have joined our friends, but we had leftovers from yesterday’s Sagebrush Steakhouse dinner. We ate those leftovers for dinner.
This was our last night in Maggie Valley and the end of SEVROC 2022. We packed and slowly made our rounds to say goodbye to everyone. As we made our rounds, there were lots of hugs and handshakes and the words “so happy to see you” and “see you next year” exchanged. It sure was good to see so many of our friends, all of whom we hadn’t seen since 2018 or earlier.