Best things from the time in the cabin
I wrote earlier about what I thought would be the best things about the time away. Without looking at that post, here are my thoughts about what it was actually like.
Our little cabin in the woods
1. Amazing quiet
It was the middle of the week, so there were hardly any other cabin folks around. 10 or so rustic cabins in our immediate area, only three of which had any occupants, and the closest one was a hundred yards away. Even in the middle of the day, you could go outside and hear absolutely nothing except the wind in the trees and occasional birds. I even heard a woodpecker at one point. No traffic sounds. Nothing.
2. Sleep when we wanted
Go to bed early or late. Take a nap. Wake up when we wanted.
3. Time with each other
Without distractions my wife and I could focus on each other. Truly restorative, and truly much needed. That was really the best part.
4. Simple food
Though it was a rustic cabin, it had a highly functional kitchen, including a microwave (which was a surprise—the cabin description did not include that). We took food with us, and were able to eat as much as we wanted without spending a lot of time on prep (or money eating out). Except for making a short run on the first day for the bread and cheese I forgot to bring, we didn't leave the cabin at all for three days.
5. Open space
I've mentioned before that for a number of reasons we live in a cluttered house. I'm working at reducing that—my personal preference would be what I call "Japanese simplicity." Although we took more stuff with us than we really needed, still, the feeling of spaciousness inside the cabin was very freeing. Moving around was easy. Things didn't get lost. Dish washing was easy.
This was not my wife's favorite, but it is one of mine. Our cabin was one of the rustic ones at Norris Dam State Park which is surrounded by the Cumberland Mountains. I loved the drive, and I loved the view of the surrounding hills from our location. The mountains call to me, even though I can't walk the trails any more.