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Published May 2011.

Web Exclusive: Surprise Picnic in the Wilderness

A couple's persistence far from home leads to a fun day of unexpected fellowship.

"We felt we had known these people all of our AA lives and were welcomed with open arms."

In 2009, my husband and I were traveling on a well-deserved vacation from our home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains back East to see his family. We had just spent a week with them and had a wonderful time. We found ourselves in Nashville, Tenn., and decided to get to a meeting to celebrate my nine-year anniversary in the AA program. We looked up available meetings online as we now do regularly on vacations, and found very few actually posted online in the Nashville area. We did find one that we could make it to, and we set off to find our meeting.

-- Renee J.

Divide, Colorado