[Springboard] Top Ten Reasons to visit beautiful Lake Junaluska for the next Springboard gathering!

W. J. synergi at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 5 18:04:20 EDT 2007

OK, guys, here I go sounding like a travel agent!
  This list is on TOP of all the reasons why you just have to be at the Springboard meeting (no matter where it's being held) Nov 30-Dec. 2.
  Here's my TOP TEN reasons to come to Lake Junaluska.
  1. It's cheap. (Like $29/room/night for up to 4 people! Who can beat that?)
  2. It's accessible from Interstate 40 west of Asheville, and by air [AVL, CLT, or ATL].
  3. It's within DRIVING DISTANCE of half the US population. Drivable in one day from Chicago, the Midwest, the eastern Seaboard, and the Southeast.
  4. It's at the center of Haywood County, NC, which includes the eastern edge of the Great Smokies National Park, the most visited national park, and is circled by the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.
  5. Get yourself some Nature to nurture your soul. We have skiing, golfing, horseback riding into the Park, camping, hiking the Appalachian Trail through the Park, a scenic railroad trip through the Nantahala Gorge, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River (they turn off the water at night!), boating on the Lake, fishing, plus you can hike up the real Cold Mountain or try panning for gold. Or visit the Old Pressley Sapphire Mine in Canton.
  6. Sample the Cul-cha. Mountain clogging, stompin', southern Appalachian folk music, folk tale telling, mountain crafts, antique-ing, great Southern cookin', Dolly Parton's Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, and (weekends thru November) Ghost Town in the Sky above Maggie Valley.
  7. Visit the premiere area attraction, Biltmore House in Asheville. It's all dolled up for Christmas with antique toys and decor.
  8. We got the World Methodist Museum with an awful lotta Wesleyana. (I usta work there as a teenager! I'll give you a tour.)
  9. Get in some fresh air and exercise. Run, walk, or ride your bike around the Lake on a dedicated footpath. Or just relax in a rocking chair and catch an amazing sunset.
  10. Don't climb every mountain of care, but climb the one that has your name on it. Or drive to the top on all-weather highways and just enjoy the view. But bring lots of extra layers of clothing for the higher altitudes. Try this astounding image: http://www.polarismaps.com/portfoli/hywdp.jpg
  11. OK, I know its more than 10, but we're meeting in a new state-of-the-art conference facility. With parking, wi-fi, and all kinda projection video. We might even show Requiem for a Heavyweight.
  See you there!
  Marshall Jones
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