The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. ~Anne Frank
We are leaving to head to a State Park that is a bit over an hour away for a long weekend of camping and quiet and rest. Getting out in nature away from the computer, cell phones, and demands of daily living brings a calm and healing and rest that I so need right now.
The kids will fish and ride bikes...hike and explore. I wish I had time to make some ultra-cool nature walk bags for them, but I will bring along some field guides and colored pencils and journals. They get dirty and stinky and wet...I love it. Their lives seem to become more earthy and real.
I love to sit by the campfire and read and journal...I'll read my latest copy of Southern Living that I have saved for this trip. And a bit of embroidery will find it's way into my bag too...a dishtowel for April. I also loving camping domesticity...picking wildflowers for a simple picnic table centerpiece, hand washing dishes by the lake, and creating an orderly cooking space.
Mike has a wood-chopping addiction. He loves finding stray pieces of fallen limbs and such for our campfires. He also makes sure we have good coffee in the mornings...we tried using Folger's singles for a while and it was awful. Now we use hot water and a coffee press with freshly ground organic coffee from home....and ahhhhh!!! And I just bought him the Settlers of Catan Card Game so I know our evenings will be spent together by the light of a lantern enjoying some friendly competition (but I do always win! *wink*)
So for only $12/night we are going to go enjoy slowness, family, breathing, room to run, and fun!