First order of business! I have a new poll, asking if you'd be interested in an art giveaway. It would be the sort of stuff I sold at CONduit, meaning:
Now for the actual purpose of this post: I just got back from a short vacation at a cabin in the woods, 165 miles away from where I live. It was the sort of cabin that's like a glorified camp zone. The water came from a stream (clean and ice-cold) and there was no electricity. That kind of cabin. What this usually means is that I'm constantly swatting insects and checking for spiders (because I'm not sitting on that chair if there's a spider within ten feet).
But this year, I got lucky. Not too many bugs, and almost no spiders (thank heavens). And while I was there, I had the opportunity to do some very fun things. So!
The 5 Best Parts of Vacation (in the middle of the woods):
- Stargazing - On Sunday night we drove a little ways out to a clearing where we had a clear view of the night sky. In the city, you don't get to see all the stars because of the light pollution, but there are infinite stars out there. And when you think about it, the light from those stars takes years to reach Earth. It's fun to point out any constellations you know and listen to people contemplate the universe and our place in it.
- Going on walks - You see a lot of interesting things and get a chance to notice details you normally don't think about when writing--the way you get sticky with sap if you touch a tree or certain rocks, the way the ground crunches under your feet, the scent of pine and the echo of nearby streams. It gives me a lot of good material. Not to mention you might see pretty flowers or animals.
- Cooking in a campfire - There aren't many restaurants that can compete with those fire-roasted and tin foil dinners. By the way, if you ever get the chance, try roasting a Starburst. It's amazing what the fire does to them. Mmm.
- Quiet time - You can't connect to the internet, and you're away from the distractions of work and friends. Perfect time for cuddling up with a good book, playing card games, drawing pictures, or writing.
- Spending time with people you love - I won't elaborate on this one. You know who those people are.
The worst part of the trip? Potty time ('cuz I'm a girl, okay?). Or bugs. Or worrying about bugs during potty time. Yeah.
What are the best parts of your vacations?