Sometimes it seems like a lot of work to prepare a huge turkey, several side dishes, and a selection of desserts for four people (my parents and us), so this year we decided to take a break and go to Skyland Lodge on nearby Skyline Drive instead. We hiked the Stonyman Trail, enjoyed their exquisite buffet (and not having to cook anything ourselves), and shared a bottle of wine and a game of Trivial Pursuit. Overnight we even got a dusting of snow, and the next day we had a clear and lovely drive home. Plus, over the weekend we got to visit a little with Steve's parents and brother who stopped overnight on their way home to NY from NC. I am so thankful for family!