We did a first for us, this past weekend. The kids were out for a teacher in-service training day on Friday, so Odysseus took the day (and today) off, and we went on vacation.*
We went to a former state teachers' union resort that Odysseus's mom took him and his family to a couple times a year throughout his childhood. There was no phone service, no internet, no TV, no radio...nothing. Nothing but a lot of acres of woods, with lots of places to explore; simple cabins (ours had one room plus a bathroom and a screened in porch); home cooked, family style meals; games; and a river to play near (or in, with a parent close by).
It was a LONG drive to get there. Something like 3.5 hours (even if it was 4 lane the whole way, 2/3 of it was 65 mph or slower).
I got a bit of reading done. Got a bit of writing done. The kids weren't in the cabin most of the time--they were out playing, exploring, making friends, and discovering new foods. The imp discovered it's not biscuits he doesn't like, but biscuits made with hard wheat flour (I got some southern style biscuits, today). Both discovered that fried chicken's pretty darn good, and that beef stroganoff is delicious (even if they don't like egg noodles...but that can be adapted).
They got to see things like minnows, river snails, skinks, turtles, paw-paw trees (and fruits). And water coming out of a rock on the side of a hill (a spring).
*I have not wanted to drive long distances with both kids in the car up to now. This was a test, and it went quite well. And the kids have asked to go back to this little resort next year. And at this point, that looks likely.
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