Thursday, July 24, 2014

Garth Newel :: Lake Moomaw

Hello everyone,

We happily slave away all week/weekend rehearsing and performing, but usually, we have the Mondays off here at Garth Newel.  Well, technically we have every Monday off, but you know how it goes... There are only 15 of us as fellows, so if we want to have extra rehearsals, it's pretty easy to find each other and say 'let's rehearse!' and no one ever says no to that.  I mean, it's chamber music, how can you say no, right?

But last Monday, we managed to have the majority of the festival agree to no rehearsals for half of the day and sneaked away to Lake Moomaw!  It's a lake formed by the Gathright Dam on Jackson River, and we heard that it was beautiful, so we decided we must go visit (and I mean, with a name like that, how could we resist, right?)

We took three different cars to the lake, and somehow, all of us got lost.  Each in our own way.  But at least the road we explored in our lost-ness was gorgeous.

and when we finally got to the lake, the view was totally worth being lost and driving around dirt roads for an hour.

Welcome to Lake Moomaw!

the Garth Newel folks!  well, the two cars who got there together... the other car got uber lost and came an hour later..  poor chaps.. haha

We spent the half a day learning how to swim in the water, which was incredibly warm for a mountain lake water, playing frisbee, and giving each other massages on the warm sand.  Yup, it really was as good as it sounds  ;)

Then, some of us hopped out of the lake and struck out to go for a little hike.

I could be totally happy living near somewhere like this 'when I grow up'.  =)

When we returned to the lake, we found that the other car had finally made it to the lake!!  actually, we heard Tim's shouts of joy in the mountains before we even saw them at the lake  haha 

It was such a nice, relaxing day spent at an incredibly beautiful spot in the Virginia mountains!  
Now,,, back to rehearsing and performing until next Monday..   haha  ;)

I hope you are having a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

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