On Friday, I left behind a problem in the office and headed to the mountains for a weekend of fun and fellowship. This was our fifth year in a row for our weekend after the super bowl winter camping trip The WASBCT for those of us in the know. We headed to Table Rock State Park and set up for night of drinking around the fire. The last two years I have taken Swab 1 starting when he was two years and ten months. This year was Swab 2's first time out at three years six months. On Saturday morning, we drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked first to the top of Devil's Courthouse then over to the top of Sam Knob. This area of North Carolina offers something unique to east coast hikers as there are a number of balds that allow for unobstructed 360 degree views. The mountains are over 6000 feet but that is not enough to establish a tree line. Once the trees are taken out though through cutting or fire, they are very slow to grow back, leaving us with great hikes for many decades. The boys made the trip up and down Sam Knob without complaint and without being carried. I still don't believe it. They slept like logs Saturday night. There is nothing like spending some time around a fire to rejuvenate our soul.
The weekend went so well, I woke up Monday morning and said to myself, "I'm going to win the MATH tonight." No lie. I really said it. Well, guess what?
Columbo and I went for a long time heads up before I got AA ont he last hand. HE almost hammered me into submission but I was able to withstand.