After getting settled in and oriented on my recent adventure at a “hiking spa” in Vermont, my friend and I got ourselves together in time for the evening yoga class. The yoga instructor was well-trained and seemed to know what she was doing. She reminded me of my first yoga instructor in Columbus with a voice that combined happy with soothing.
Things were looking up.
We made it to dinner and things looked up indeed. The dinner was really delicious. There were two choices and I got the combo because I couldn’t pick between the two. The portions were not as generous as I might have liked, but I consoled myself with the thought that it really wouldn’t be bad if I dropped a couple of pounds.
What was really exciting was the number of repeat customers. All participants in the hiking spa sat at 4 large tables, so we got to talk to others who’d been there before and/or had been there for several days. We got the low-down on the place and what to expect.
If the spa director is smart, he will start offering these repeat customers some sort of discount–they are his best advertisers. One woman at our table was on her 10th visit to the hiking spa. She is the one who told us it was more shabby than chic. Her honesty made her more credible and her enthusiasm for the program made us more excited to be there. She knew everything from the menu for each day to the hikes that would be scheduled. I really think they should have hired her to do the orientations for new arrivals–we would have felt much more welcome and better informed.
In general, the people we spoke with at our table made us feel like we were joining a fun club with lots of cool people. They were from all over the place–some from as far as London. There was a doctor, a spa owner, a retail business owner, and a chemist who held several patents among the many different career choices represented.
The next morning, we got up early to attend the 7AM stretching class before breakfast. When we walked out to the semi-permanent outdoor tent setup exclusively for the hiking spa fitness classes, the sun was barely visible through dense fog. It was hard to tell it was nearly 7AM through the gloom of the fog. The glow of the sun peeping through the thick fog made me happy I’d decided to bring my camera with me.
I would have preferred a short yoga class instead of a boot-camp style stretching class first thing in the morning, but it was still nice to get unkinked before breakfast. I just prefer to have calming music and be in a meditative state of mind over having a big, hairy guy leading us through marching in place and elementary-school-style stretches. But, it definitely got us ready for breakfast.