The Art of Escape

“Downtown”
By Petula Clark


When you’re alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go
Downtown
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know
Downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares


You know this one, right? I think it is important we all have a place to go where we can forget our troubles. For some, it’s the ocean and the rhythmic sounds of the waves. For others, it’s the big city, with bright lights and bustling activity. For me, the green rolling hills and fresh air of the Mountains are my place to unwind and be in awe.
Creating this website and all the behind-the-scene-business that goes with it, has had me very busy and focused the past few weeks. I go to bed thinking about future blog posts, inviting people to workshops and how to get more “likes” on Facebook. I’ve been meditating, reading books, making connections and learning way more than I thought I could about starting a business. (there’s a lot!!)

While creating, coaching and posting about self-care, I realized I was in need of some myself! We packed up the dog, some clothes and took a three night trip to Banner Elk, NC. The weather forecast was iffy, with chances of rain and thunderstorms almost everyday, but we took a chance and it worked out just fine. Honestly, that’s the been the forecast all over the country lately.

We explored the quaint towns of Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, and hiked Green Knob Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had a few meals out, a few quiet ones in and laughed and screamed while playing Pictionary. We walked the dog and let her take her time discovering all the ‘new smells’. I was hoping to make it a yoga class in the area but that didn’t work out this time. I did, however practice in the early morning in front a large window on a borrowed mat. It was perfect.

I didn’t get too many pictures on this morning but it was such a pretty backdrop for learning how to play Kuub.  Men were walking with  their dogs running along the perimeters of the field, the sun was shining and the fog was still on the mountain tops as we started playing. This was at Camp Broadstone.

Jellybean had a great time exploring the trail, walking through creeks and keeping up with us on the 2.5 mile hike. She did really well…we only carried her a few times, she’s seven  🙂
I hope that you have a place where you can escape the daily grind and simply unwind.  It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be far from home. Maybe it’s even a place in your head you can dream of and escape to mentally while having a bath or sitting outside on your back porch. Oh, and the hours it rained, we all just chilled out and had some quiet time to ourselves. Thank you for that gift, Mother Nature.

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