On Thursday we headed north on the Parks Hwy
turning off on the Willow-Fishhook Road
which keeps its surprises well hidden.
Through woods and wetlands, over hill and dale
We had no clue as to our destination until
the turn-off appeared suddenly on the right…
A large clearing surrounding a lovely lake, historic cabins, a dining facility, conference lodge, and many comfortable sleeping cabins with bunks, double sinks, hot showers - all on the verge of the Talkeetna mountains.
The setting was perfect for communing with nature, and the best part? Our hosts – the family and their helpers young and old – were proud of their place. We could feel the love – from early in the morning until late at night (allowances were made for early birds and night owls) – and the results? Fantabulous.
Supper on Thursday, three multi-course sit-downs on Fri/Sat, and an 8-course brunch on Sunday. Was there anyone who left without feeling satiated by the hearty, tasty meals?
The sewing room was well-lit by lots of natural light and accommodated all 32 of us comfortably. The chatter was easy, the UFOs splashed colors everywhere, and the competition to complete a project was low-key, thank heavens: those who opted for a massage were limp for some time after. The classes – notebook covers and fabric leis – were fun and quickly done. The two block challenges – a mystery block, and blue/gold star blocks – drew lots of participation. The "spectacular fabric" Chinese auction was suspenseful, and the raffle basket drew plenty of interest dollar-wise.
Altogether, could we have been more tantalized by goodies or more spoiled by our retreat committee? The consensus was unanimous: this was an amazing experience. Next year has already been booked - May 20th.