Things have been pretty quiet over here on the blog and our summer has been flying by. We’ve been keeping busy, but unfortunately by working a lot and subsequently putting everything else on hold. I needed to take a step back and breathe. I needed to get away. A family vacation celebrating my grandparents anniversary couldn’t have come at a better time.
So me, and about 20 other family members, packed up and headed to New York where we were surrounded by farmland and trees and lakes and good company. And although we had access to mostly all of our modern conveniences, the trip made it much easier to live simply and forget about e-mails, blog posts and cell phones. It gave me the opportunity to read a whole book by the lake, build and relax by several campfires, canoe with my father, hike through a state park with my mother and bond over s’mores with my brothers and cousins. It was so refreshing to wake up each morning and to think only of what would happen now, instead of next. We got to things as we had time for them, and didn’t make room for stress in our days. Of course, I did use my phone a hell of a lot to take some easy snapshots, but I swear there were about five blissful days without internet and it felt so good.
What I loved most about the trip was driving through all of the farmland and the vast landscapes that reminded me of this simpler living that I so often yearn for. I love living in the city for so many reasons and I’m happy to be home, but I’m always dreaming about ways to get away. Being close to nature and learning how to live off of our land is so in tune with my viewpoint on life that I think it is in some ways important for me to make that connection as often as I can. I think that’s why I find myself so passionate about food and finding fresh and local ingredients to work with. In the city, it seems like one of the easiest ways to be reminded of that viewpoint.
At one point during our trip, we stopped and visited the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, which was full of baby animals (photos to come!) and an even simpler version of my idea of living simply. As a living museum of a rural farm town in the 1800s, you can imagine how important of a theme it was to live off of the land. I’ll share more about the museum and my trip later on this week because in an ironic twist of fate, I suppose what inspired me to get off of the internet is now inspiring my time on the internet.
Back to the grind!