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West Virginia Weekend

October 17, 2011

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city for the weekend.

Breathe in the country air. Give yourself a few hours to just do nothing… or go for a hike… or read in the sunshine…

I was happy to get out of town this weekend with a group of friends and head to a house in West Virginia, tucked in the country along a windy road. For 24 hours, there was no traffic, no television, no Internet and no stress.

Lovely.

The theme of the weekend was ‘Inspiration’ — how can we find that in our everyday lives and where are its sources? Nature seems like a pretty good place to start.

The group was a mix of people I already knew and strangers-turned-friends, which always makes for interesting conversations as you get to know each other and compare stories. I was especially interested in hearing everyone’s travel stories, from a year at a Jesuit retreat embracing the vow of poverty, to two years in Antarctica working at a research station to nearly three years in Dominica teaching about sustainable agriculture.

Makes my year in South Korea sound pretty cushy, that’s for sure!

The house had the perfect cozy atmosphere to foster discussions that ranged from ‘why was I put on this planet?’ (deep stuff) to ‘do you watch Breaking Bad?’ (sorry, no, but maybe I should). A place built by grandparents for the enjoyment of future generations, the cabin is crammed with knick-knacks and simple comforts, like a rack of oversized jackets for chilly nights and piles of blankets in corners.

Fireplace = s’mores. I can’t remember the last time I made s’mores but you’d better believe it’s worth the wait…

Ooey, gooey, sticky and chocolatey — perfect for an early fall night!

Getting out of town and away from it all — there wasn’t so much as a radio playing — was the perfect way to recharge my batteries. How do you rejuvenate yourself? Is there someplace you go in town? At home? Away?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2011 8:25 am

    It looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL there. Sometimes all it takes is time with nature’s majesty to completely fill up with inspiration … I can certainly see how that place would be the catalyst for it! For me, it’s definitely the shore. There’s something so special about looking out at an endless expanse of ocean.

    Side note: love your scarf!

  2. October 17, 2011 1:35 pm

    Great pics! Ditto – great scarf. Thank god its Scarf and Boot season again!

  3. October 17, 2011 5:16 pm

    I absolutely loved this post because it’s close to my heart. I went to WVU and lived there for five years and to this day think it’s one of the most gorgeous and quaint places I’ve ever been. Thanks for sharing!

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