Hello my friends! Matt and I got back to DC yesterday after spending the weekend at one of our old favorite spots: Smith Mountain Lake near the Virginia/NC border.
Long time readers will remember that we’ve been to Smith Mountain Lake twice before with our friends Tim and Lindsey, who we met while living in Chapel Hill when I was in grad school at UNC. (Previous recaps: 2011 trip recaps and 2012 trip recap.) It had been way too long since we’d seen them – we miss living nearby! – so we were excited when they invited us to spend the weekend with them at the lake. Tim’s family owns a gorgeous house right on the water!
We arrived late on Friday night and woke up on Saturday ready for some adventures! It was hot and sunny – perfect for swimming in a cold lake. We spent the day playing around in the water with Tim, Lindsey, their kids, and their friends Beth and Jeremy and their kids. My front flip game is still strong – and we discovered that Tim and Lindsey’s son Hayes swims wayyyyy faster and with better form when a competition/race is involved. 😉
Matt and I also took out the jet skis – such a blast – and we all played around on one of the stand up paddleboards, too.
Tim and Lindsey’s kids went home with the nanny on Saturday afternoon (Lindsey had been at the lake with the kids all week), so we had some fun mostly adult time on Saturday night. (That’s Beth and Jeremy’s son in the photo below.) Our dinner transportation: a boat!
(My dress is an old fave from StitchFix!)
We took the boat over to a restaurant on the other side of the lake called The Landing. We came here with them once a few years ago – fun to be back!
Matt and I shared two yummy appetizers to start – the seared tuna and the local heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella. Fresh and summery!
I had the salmon salad for my entrée and stole a few bites of Matt’s steak. 🙂 The salad was enormous so I saved half for lunch the next day – perfect!
Saving half the salad also meant I saved room for dessert. 🙂 My photo came out really blurry but we shared a lemon cake and a couple ice cream sundaes around the table. Delicious!
On the boat ride home the skies were dark and ominous looking – and we were treated to the most stunning sunset as the sun just peeked out of the clouds. Amazing!
We made it back to the house in the nick of time – it started pouring and a massive thunderstorm rolled through just as we reached the door! Whew – that was a close one!
On Sunday morning, Matt and I were in charge of breakfast for the group. We planned one of our usual favorites: a veggie and egg scramble with roasted sweet potatoes and some fruit. I prepped/chopped a bunch of the stuff before leaving Matt in charge of the cooking and heading out on a short run with Tim and Lindsey!
I used to run with both Tim and Lindsey all the time in Chapel Hill and I really miss it! It was so fun to be out pounding the pavement with them again – just like old times. 🙂
We did a hilly 3 mile jaunt that involved a quick photo stop down by the water. 🙂
When we got back, Matt had finished up the breakfast preparation – what a guy! It was delicious. 🙂 There was some bacon in the eggs, too – yum!
We spent the rest of the morning getting in a little more lake time! Lindsey showed off her mad wake boarding skills:
And then Tim whipped me and Lindsey around on the tubes while Matt snapped some funny action shots. Too fun!!
This one is my favorite – ha!
We were so sad to say goodbye and hit the road after lunch yesterday. What a fun quick trip! Thank you again for having us Tim and Lindsey – we loved seeing you again! Let’s not wait so long in between hangouts this time, k? 🙂
Which do you prefer: ocean or lake? It’s a tough call for me but I think I’d probably go lake, even though I love waves – there are just so many fun water sports involved with lakes! I also grew up going to lakes so they have the nostalgia factor too. 🙂
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