A Blissful Retreat

Trip Start Aug 05, 2009
Trip End Aug 17, 2009

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Stonecreek Cabins

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Thursday, July 22, 2010

After four days in the backcountry, I would have settled for a flush toilet.  Imagine my surprise when we arrived at Creekside Cabin for part II of our Smokies Adventure.  This little log cabin is a decked out retreat house complete with every amenity and wrapped into a quaint, just big enough package.  HGTV would most certainly approve.  After taking showers and putting EVERYTHING from our packs into the washing machine (I know! A washing machine!), we spent the next five days playing house, cooking meals for each other, and reading on the deck while watching the squirrels and humming birds play.  Ah.  Compared to the rigorous life in the temperate jungle, we lived in the lap of luxury making near-gourmet meals, homemade bread (I know! A bread maker!) and hot tubbing all while nuturing a subtle buzz on wine or beer all day long... again, ah....

Our trip to the Smokies couldn't have been more perfect (maybe aside from almost stalling our car on top of a mountain).  The point I would like to make here, and why I believe that this trip stands out so much among all the fabulous places we've traveled, is that it was the perfect combination of rugged nature and luxury.  We took the time to assimilate ourselves back into the modern world of crowded shopping malls and cell phones and over-stimulation.  In fact, we saw less people while staying at Creekside Cabin than while on the AT...  I wish I could say that the lessons learned on that trip about slowing down and embracing simple pleasures were carried forward into my everyday life, but as I write this nearly a year after returning from the Smokies I find myself completely overwhelmed and consumed by the hustle-bustle of just trying to keep it together in my urban life.  I feel so drawn to that area of the country--if for no other reason than to once more experience that sense of calm knowing that my only job for that day is to walk.
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