A workaholics caution on spontaneous travel
10. The age old cell phone that K has preserved conks out the day before the trip. So considering the “emergencies” that might come up, we spend 4 hours calling around for a used cell phone that we can use. Of course K in all this is still waiting to buy the miracle cell phone which will give him the world in a box (and no! its not the I-phone), so it had to be used and not in contract .
9.We reach the inn 3 hours later and during sunset, only to find there is no coverage of any kind on any phone. So K spent the next half an hour walking around the Inn, over hedges and climbing up trees, trying to get a whimper of electronic spark.
8. The only entertainment around the place where we went is hiking , trails and bird watching. None of these which K and I could do after 5.30 pm where it was dark enough to be good for Halloween scare night and we had to return early the next day for the Sunday housework that we usually do
7.The place where we stayed was right out of Robert Frosts poems. Woods were dark and deep with fallow deer scaring the dickens out of K but standing fine in the middle of the road and top it all off, birds screeching suddenly. It was beautiful and scary all rolled into one, but having skeletons at road corners (due to Halloween) kind of made it all the more ghoulish . K and I haven’t walked through a stretch that fast since our wedding day when they yelled that food was getting over and the kitchen was closed.
6. Only one restaurant in 20 mile radius and the vegetarian option restricted to a cheese filled veggie sandwich and French fries. Considering I can't eat cheese it was back to curd rice for me. When your feeling the slight cold coming on and run the cold water on home made curd rice to make the rice loosen up, its at this time that I think back fondly and almost drooling about my moms tomato rasam (soup) with potato fry.
5.We turned on the wood burning stove and thought it was really pretty , till the sweating started. The place turned into a pizza oven in about an hour and we had to open the windows to get a little breeze in. Which is something we should have remembered to close before dozing off at 9pm. We woke up frozen to death at 11 pm and then turned on the stove again. So the alternate process of heating and cooling was followed the whole night, with constant things hitting the tin roof, just to wake us up when we were finally not sweating or shivering.
4.When we finally did get out the next day to go sightseeing, only to discover the fog had rolled in , so the wildlife and the light house we wanted to visit where totally out. Again “Check weather” part of the trip wasn’t checked – “DUH”
3.We decided to drive to high point for what constituted as a Bird Observatory. While climbing in our cozy car up the 10 mile mountain track we saw 2 woman jogging up the track. Reaching the observatory, which was also covered with fog, we noticed a few surfers making their way to cold stormy waters. One of the surfers, looking at our head to foot covered look asked us if he could help, sure we were lost :D ! Looking at him all hale and healthy, we mutely shook our heads saying we were there for photos. We tried following him down, only to turn back halfway. Groaning with the stress of the cold air and slightly uphill walk, we reached our car, only to have the lady joggers passed us full of smiles and good wishes. We looked like we had run the 10 miles instead of them.
2. Driving down, there was a beautiful lagoon filled with a million birds. Slight problem though, the only pictures we could take was by walking through marsh lands. Well considering I was in my summer crocs, I had to wade through funny slushy water to get to part where I could take pics. The joy was kinda destroyed by a sudden lick to my toe. Knowing that the lick was animal, I had to run back through the water to the car and carried enough mud to make a small sandcastle into the front seat of our week old car.
1. K and I forgot one major detail. We have become creatures of habit. We need everything planned and detailed. So even though I’m sure every one of those above details would not have been such a problem if we were not constantly dependant on outside help. Everything from the GPS to the net , which tells us constantly where to go , what to see and how to do stuff, was for once not relied upon . So though we were not lost, the urge to turn on the GPS for the closest starbucks had to be curtailed all the time.
I discovered a few things during this trip, one there was a Vedanta retreat in the middle of nowhere ,second its fun to sometimes not plan everything in life and third – I am so out of shape that’s its sad. The daily work has consumed not only our social activities but a lot of our healthy life as well.If we rewired our entire thinking and of course told our work and bosses to take a hike, this would have been a lovely trip. It still was, because it reminded us that nature is still the most powerful force on earth and more importantly nothing feels as good as home in the end :)!
For the smile
A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry.
Keep smiling ppl