We spent quality time with Steve’s family in North Carolina and played in the sand. I taught Jonah about body boarding on the tasty waves and dug holes with Ian.
In Virgina, we stayed at a Parks Department lodge in the woods. I have a huge weakness for mountain lodges and Parks Department buildings. I love their rustic design with wood paneling and stone. I even love the type font that they use on signs. There’s always the hint of a 1930s WPA project. We hiked the woods, ate in a dining room over looking a lake, and spend three hours at a train museum in a nearby city.
For most of the week, we were off the grid. There was TV at my in-laws’ place, but no internet access. In Virginia, there was no TV or even cell phone access. Before the trip, we seriously worried about our ability to be without electronic gadgetry. During a typical week, I spend at least eight hours a day on the computer. If I’m shopping at the mall and I pass an Apple store, I will stop in to check my e-mail and monitor the blog comments. The computer and TV are refuges for Ian who is rather hyper and easily overwhelmed. Could we hack it?
We hacked just fine. OK, I did slip off to a public library at the beach to cull the e-mail herd, but that was just once at the beginning of the week. We played Chinese checkers and Lincoln logs at the game room at the lodge. Jonah and Steve read books on the porch. Ian had his trains to keep him happy during his down time. I polished off two books leaning on a pile of pillows in the room. It was such a good break from the bad habits and time wasters that usually suck up our lives that we’re determined to do this more often. There must be more Connect Four and Vonnegut novels in the future.