Kayce and I have been working with our friend, Kathy to plan our first-ever Big Picture Classes team retreat and we made it (mostly.) We arrived yesterday at The Sleeping Lady resort, nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains, on Icicle Creek and just outside Leavenworth, Washington.
We had arranged to our out-of-state team members to fly into Spokane yesterday morning, so we could drive the 3 hours together, BUT … for some odd reason, there was super dense fog in Spokane yesterday and they canceled all incoming flights! I guess the limited visibility combined with the fact that our longest runway is under construction was enough to warrant a shut down. This meant that our technical admin Michele (who I still have never met in person) was unable to come. Allison, who left from Las Vegas ended in Portland and Dani who is from Seattle flew over, circled a few times and flew back. Allison ended up renting a car in Portland, picking up Dani in Seattle and driving over. Luckily Kathy and Wendy had flown in a day earlier to participate in some pre-retreat training, and Brandi and Kiley live in Spokane. We will definitely miss Michele, but the rest of us are delighted to finally be here and together!
The grounds at The Sleeping Lady are amazing. There is ART everywhere, like Dale Chihuly glass hanging from trees. Interestingly enough, Stacy forgot her camera (what?) and will be relying on the generosity of others for pictures of this experience — I do have my iPhone — so I’m not completely destitute!
The food is also amazing. They grow as much of the produce as they can in their own garden and they provide a most delicious buffet three times a day!
Anyway … thought I’d check in. I’m just waking up (on the top bunk) in our little cabin and our room is slowly filling with light. We’re anticipating a wonderful day of team building and exploration.