Every once in a while I need to unplug, turn down the noise, and take some time to unwind. This past weekend was one of those times. We loaded the old family truckster and headed to the wild, blue yonder, just my husband, the two dogs, and me.
The actual road trip isn’t all that peaceful because the 18 year-old lab mix does not travel well. He paces and pants and drools. We’ve found some all-natural herbal dog treats that relieve his anxiety a bit, but still he is not a happy camper until the car is parked and the doors swing open freeing him from his prison.
Once we landed at our lake house and silence settled around us, we all relaxed and enjoyed our surroundings. The only sounds were the tranquil sounds of nature—the beat of the hummingbird’s wing as he dined at the feeder, the song of the summer tanager, and the distance—really distant—chug of a tractor. Matisse and Max (the dogs) did what they do best—slept. My husband set off to explore our property—his favorite pastime. I settled in to write, pausing occasionally to take a walk and snap some pictures.
I came back with tons of photographs and 100 edited pages of my current work-in-progress. The dogs came back rested and ready for more naps. My husband found every tick and chigger in the county and then some.
I’m counting the days until we can do it again.
How about you? What do you do to relax? Can you unplug for a couple of days without the Internet? When was the last time you listened to and enjoyed the sounds of nature?