This past weekend, Jeremy and I took a little getaway, just the two of us! We dropped the kids off at the grandparents and took a little road trip to Amish Country.
We just needed to get away and to unplug from the craziness of life. As we walked out the front door on Friday, we glanced back at our computers then headed out. We both admit, it felt weird to leave for the weekend without our computers. We also decided to not get on our phones and to actually just have them on just in case there was an emergency with the boys.
For the first hour and a half or so of driving, I entertained myself on my phone because our "rule" didn't start until after getting to our destination. But my phone time was cut short because apparently AT&T doesn't believe in having any cellular towers in the middle of Ohio. And our "rule" of no cell phone use was implemented by actually having NO SERVICE on our phones. Nothing makes you panic more and break out in cold sweats than seeing "no service" on your cell phones. I mean, geesh, who would we ever survive without cell phones. I mean, we wanted to enjoy Amish country, not live like the Amish without our cell phones.
I mean we actually had to call our parents and give them our hotel number and room number in case they needed to get a hold of us, like it was 1998 or something. And even worse, we had to use a paper map for some of the time. And instead of googling or asking Twitter what places to try out, we had to TALK to real people - gasp!
And it was AWESOME! Although a little disappointed that the area we have stayed in, in the past, is more commercialized now and the Amish restaurant we loved sold out to a larger company. The food was still good but we always loved knowing that we were eating authentic Amish food made by the Amish and supporting local families. Now who knows what has changed?
So we asked the locals for some local places to eat and shop and they did NOT disappoint. We tried out a little bistro on Saturday, Rebecca's Bistro, which was fabulous and stopped at Miller's Bakery for some fresh pastries that were to die for!
The rest of the time was spent driving the back roads with our windows down and enjoying the clean, fresh, calm air of the country side. We stopped occasionally to bird watch or to look at antiques. But we had no set plan, which was awesome!
We stayed in a Inn that was surrounded by woods. And the Inn owners have bird feeders up everywhere and walking paths to enjoy. Our room actually had 3 floor to ceiling windows that opened up and a bird feeder attached to one of the windows. It was so relaxing to sit and stare out the window. Actually at one point, I was bird watching from the bed. Pure bliss: Here is a photo from the bed, it's not the greatest but you can see what my view was upon awakening in the morning.
There is just something so peaceful about rolling farm lands. Amish families outside working the land, horses galloping playfully through the fields and cows grazing and relaxing under the shade of large trees, farm after farm after farm. Living in Ohio, we see many farms, heck we live with 15 minutes of farmland. But our farm land isn't pretty farmland. We see a lot of industrial sized farms with corn and soy, not so much family owned farms with land set aside for farming, for cattle, horses and chickens.
We headed out Saturday morning for a run through the trails around our Inn. After running the trails and still feeling pretty good, we ventured off on one of the side roads, where the "rolling hills" that I mentioned above wasn't as loving when not in a vehicle. As we huffed and puffed up a hill that seemed forever long, a horse came along side of us by the fence and walked the fence as we were running and a kitten jumped out and batted at our shoes. It was a gorgeous morning for a run and even with the hills trying to kill us, we soaked in the beauty of the quiet and stillness of the countryside.
We did cheat and headed to a local college town on Saturday night, about 30 minutes from where we were staying. We enjoyed some appetizers and drinks and Facebook and Twitter. After getting our fill of all of that, we headed back ready to unplug for one more night.
It was a wonderful little getaway, short as I think I needed at least 2 more days to fully unwind but it was a nice reprieve from the constant pull of kids, work, technology, house work, and appointments.
Now back to reality, 2 boys and summer break. Yee-haw!