On the way back from Gordon to Rapid two nights ago we didn't make the trip in one day. Instead, we stopped at my mom's friend's place which is about 15 miles north of Gordon and about five miles off of any paved road and stayed the night as there's a fully furnished guesthouse.
This was a weird place for me. I've from the city and have been to more towns and cities this year than any other year and then all of a sudden I'm in a farm house miles away from anything. At first I didn't want to be there. This is vacation and I should be doing vacationy things. So why then was I in the middle of nowhere at a house with no internet (although my phone, somehow, had 4G) and no electronic games. What was this?
I started to read and it was weird that over the minutes I began to relax. Relaxing, for me, is a truly odd sensation as I don't do it all that often, but having nothing to do and nowhere to be and having all the world miles and miles away made me feel relaxed.
As the sun set the relaxing continued as the stars came out. Sure, you can see the stars in the city, but nothing can compare to the canvas that was the night sky.
All in all it was a unique experience and despite the fact that there was a HDTV in the house everything else felt like it was the time before the internet and such. This vacation I'm on hasn't felt much like one as I've spent more time thinking about blogs (I can think the golf course incident on that one) and ways to make a seismic impact in raising the level of understanding (I've got an idea, probably too bold and big, but if it were to happen, well, wow would be the only word) but for those 15 hours that I was on a ranch with the sounds of games, phones, the internet, cars, business, printers, people, and any other noise heard in an office or city, well, that truly was a vacation.