Imagery by Lennar, the community where we live, has a Lifestyle Director to keep us busy and out of trouble. Ha! All kidding aside, the activities have enabled us to meet many new neighbors, stay fit, and learn about the greater Charlotte area. Jim and I are enjoying the hiking club, and Jim attends the whisky and wine clubs as well. Many new clubs are being established, including photography and Bunco, which I will definitely participate in. We have taken tai chi and the yoga classes are working out well for us. The first of the small refurbished artists' cabins have opened, allowing us to have an onsite fitness and yoga studio as well as a beautiful party center. Additional cabins are under renovation, and will house a library, pottery space, sewing and quilting, a game room and pool house. An outdoor pool is currently under construction.
On Saturday we drove to Lake Norman, which is less than an hour away from us. Jim wanted to take the Porsche out for a spin, and we decided to celebrate his birthday a couple days early at a restaurant on the water. Many places are seasonal and not open yet, but we found The Landing. It is a retro lakefront property with a fun vibe. Our meals were just okay, but with the location we would definitely give them another try in the future.
On our way back we stopped to take pictures at Rock Springs Camp, which is located in Denver, NC. We have driven by it many times on the way to our friend's house but had never stopped. The wood structures look like an accident waiting to happen, but people still stay in them for a couple weeks in August. The camp traces its roots back to 1794 when a Methodist minister held a camp meeting in the area. In 1830 the current property was purchased, and except for two occasions the camp has been held each year. Though they are called tents, the roughly built cabins have dirt floors, no screens, and many have no indoor water. Despite this, the cabins are mainly passed down from one generation to the next. As many as 10,000 people of all denominations attend the religious celebration.
Rock Springs Camp
By far the biggest attraction in the area, though, is the constantly changing palette in our backyard. A new painting is created there nearly every morning and/or evening. THIS is why we bought our new home here.