There is something to be said about spending a weekend away from “civilization”. No phones, no computer, no emails, or lesson plans to worry about. Just the faint notion of when we are going to wake up and what we will eat during the day. Everything else was optional:) Although we still had some of the comforts of home, this weekend I felt miles away from any stress that I may have pressed upon my life. I needed to upwind..I needed to laugh and ride bikes all day. I love Laura S. Walker State Park for that reason. It had some comforts of a civilized campground, but also gave you the security you feel when you are in nature. We stayed in one of the primitive cabins that used to house workers that were working on the park in the 1930’s. You see, Laura Walker used to be a CCC camp, or Civilian Conservation Corps camp. It provided work for people who would otherwise be out of a job during the Great Depression. The history surrounding the park and the natural beauty hypnotized me this past weekend into thinking every day could be that carefree. We slept through storms last weekend, played in the rain, made LOTS of yummy S’mores, cooked hotdogs and ribs, chopped up a huge log, roasted oysters, went canoeing, took a LOT of pictures, ate ice cream (PUSH POPS-remember those? ), and overall found our centers. I felt re-energized to take on my last week before Spring Break at school, and my friends Josh and Kim enjoyed what they love most: Being in Nature:) I highly recommend a respite in nature for anyone feeling pulled in too many directions, whether just a day at the beach, hike on a trail, or a deep woods camping excursion; being that relaxed can only do well for the soul. Have a Great Week and Happy Wednesday!