|Big Lake Chetac, Wisconsin|
My family and I trekked up to where my cousin lives, nearly eight hours by car. Then it's another hour out to the cabin. The nearest bit of modernity consists of a run-down convenience store. But hey, you can buy bait and beer there, what else do you need?
Believe it or not, there are still places where you can't get a cell signal. This was one of them. I live in the middle of a fairly urban area. Did I think of this beforehand? I did not. The cabin we rented was supposed to have internet, I have a smartphone, sure I can get work done.
Well, you could get a nice, weak internet signal if you sat in one particular corner of the dining room. I had to fight my mom, my dad, my brother, and two of my brother's friends for that precious few feet. As for cell service - walk out the front door, go around the east corner of the building, take two paces. Turn to the lake. Stick your arm out to the side at a ninety-degree angle. If the wind is coming from the south, you're good to go. All right, so it maybe wasn't quite that complicated, but it did feel a bit like a treasure hunt. On the plus side, there were vast amounts of entertainment to be found. I had a great time watching people roam the cabin with their phones held high, searching for the ever-elusive single bar.
Those five days seemed over far too quickly. Now it's miserably hot and I'm back in 'civilization' with my phone and laptop nearly always in reach. I've had to adjust again. I don't think I could handle being that isolated on any kind of permanent basis. I'm quite happy where I am. But that trip, a yearly event for my family, is absolutely necessary for my sanity. So now it's back to work, rejuvenated and re-energized. It's the absolute best way I've ever found to break writer's block.
So, is anyone else going - or have been - on a summer trip? Do you have a tradition, or a way that works for you, to break the routine and take a little 'me' time? I love my work, I love writing, and I couldn't live without that outlet. But sometimes, I have to put it aside and take a break to remember why I love it.
K.M. MahoneyCome Wander With Me