There are times in my life when I need to just get away. Even if things at home are not crazy, wild, or annoying. I live in town, alongside other humans, some of whom are loud. Kids playing and rejoicing in their young joie de vivre. Parents yelling at said children for one reason or another. Vehicles going past. Engines revving, tires squalling, dogs barking. Walkers talking or singing along with their music as they pass. Neighbors’ music blaring as they work outside. Lawn mowers and weed eaters. Construction and/or repair sounds. You know, the sounds of living near other people. And I actually love it!
I cannot imagine living in a place where I would have no human interaction for days, weeks, or months at a time. Occasionally, I watch one of those tv shows so popular now about Alaska or northern Canada where people live alone in the wilderness. I don’t know how they do that. Honestly, I don’t. I need people!
However, … Sometimes I require a bit of quiet. Some real solitude. I need a change of scenery. So, this past week, some of my closest friends and I rented a cabin in the woods and spent three days simply doing nothing. Or at least, the bare minimum.
It was so refreshing to wake up to the birds singing cheerily outside the windows and to sit on the deck, sipping my coffee and watching the squirrels play in the treetops. We were not so far removed from civilization that I could not hear the very low hum of traffic on the highway. But the sound melted into the background, and I could easily ignore it. All in all, it was a very relaxing and refreshing time for both the mind and body.
If you want a nice getaway, I highly recommend Cherokee Mountain Log Cabins in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. And if you need a little sightseeing to go along with the solitude, there are tons of things to do in and around historic Eureka Springs. The town itself is a delight but there are the ever-popular ghost-ridden Crescent Hotel, the Basin Hotel, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and Thorncrown Chapel, just to name a few.
If you are outdoorsy, there is ziplining. There are lots of trails, both for walking and biking. And there are lakes nearby for fishing or boating.
Not to mention, all the great places to eat!
Actually, there is something for everyone in Eureka Springs and the Cherokee Mountain Log Cabins are a great base. I hope you will check it out.