When we left our tiny island for the mountains last week, I was so ready to get out of town. So. Ready. In my excitement for this last minute trip, I never thought to check the weather report to see if I should grab a cardigan or my makeup bag to see if I had remembered to pack a razor. All I knew is that after 6 weeks of working on the office non-stop, we were about to get a much needed break.
We’ve been coming to this cabin for 5 years, usually twice sometimes three times a year and every trip it feels like coming home.
The drive up is a long one, especially when you’re nursing a sick pup. Last Saturday morning the side of Tally’s face was so swollen she looked more like a bull terrier than a Jack Russell terrier. We rushed her to the vet to find she needed two teeth extracted immediately. I felt horrible! It was so crazy because she was eating, drinking and playing like she always does in the days/weeks leading up to the trip. We’ve had her on meds all week and she hasn’t been able to hike the trails with us but she’s gotten lots of rest and is thankfully on the mend now. I love that sweet little thing so much…
This was the first trip we didn’t really have any set plans or any agenda which I’ll totally admit freaked this forever-a-planner out. So, we jotted a few easy things down on the drive up. And by easy, I mean super easy. Things like…
Pick a bouquet of wild flowers
Buy peaches at a roadside stand
Random games of checkers
$10 treasure hunt
Try an old school ice cream flavor (gimme some butter pecan)
Read a magazine cover to cover
Have dinner by the water
Enjoy a day of junkin
Bingo night with total strangers
Drink a Peach Nehi
Spot a deer
None of these things cost a lot of money yet they’re all things we looked forward to doing each day. We weren’t scrambling to be anywhere at any particular time on any particular day and you guys, it felt so good. One of the biggest things we wanted to take advantage of was being outside as much as possible. Every morning I made the trek down these stairs
and enjoyed a cup of coffee and quiet time at different spots on the property. It was awesome.
I know it’s not always easy to get away for a week or even a long weekend but I’m really hoping we can all commit to doing something this summer that gives us nourishment, rest and a chance to re-create.