Mid-Week Retreat

I’ve been working. A lot. So has the Handsome.  He managed to swing vacation this week which he deserved and needed so much.  Knowing I couldn’t take a whole week off, I opted for a mini break from my hectic schedule.

We took to the woods for an overnight and midweek recharge and retreat.  With such short notice and a very busy holiday weekend ahead of us, we stayed close to home and stayed at Millersylvania State Park.  Staying mid week, we almost had the entire campground to ourselves. We had our girls in tow, so we didn’t take to the lake on the canoes/kayaks, but did managed to let them paddle near the shore for a bit. We love to camp. Our dogs love to camp. The smell of the forest is healing and refreshing. We had a great camp fire, chatted, and heard every bird in what seemed within a mile radius. It was the perfect way to slow down and catch up with each other.

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The Rain Forest

I’ve been feeling stir-crazy with all of the rain in the past few weeks.  I should know better, after all, I live in the rain forest. To remedy the crazy, the handsome and I took to the trails of Burfoot Park to get some much needed green time and a little fresh air. Our dogs were thrilled to play in the sound and splash in the mud.  We were happy to have a little sun-break and the forest all to ourselves.

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Rest, Relaxation & Trees

We needed to unplug. Like, step away from all things electronic, get a dog sitter and take off as a couple, unplug. Me and the Handsome headed out to a little place of private serenity called Tree House Point. Who knew such a lovely little paradise existed. I watched a travel special that featured this gem and had seen the work of its mastermind Pete Nelson in the book Tree Houses of the World.  The Handsome has always wanted to build such a structure in our small suburban backyard, so instead of shooting down all of his lofty dreams, I decided this would give him inspiration to yearn for more space, more trees, more nature, and the adventure of living his childhood dream.  These Tree Houses are full of character, comfort and simple elegance.  We stayed in the Trillium Tree House. It is a lofted, tall house with the world’s most comfortable bed, a view of the cedars and the pond below on one side, the river on the other. We were greeted by friendly staff when we arrived, left to our privacy for the evening, and were treated with a delicious homemade breakfast of the most delicious homemade granola, fresh eggs, fruit, and warm ginger banana bread. I highly recommend this beautiful little getaway for a night or a week.