Monday, January 6, 2014

far from the madding crowd

Do children need to go off grid in the same sense that adults do? I think so. In this busy world of schedules, commitments, screens, and gadgets, I think it's essential to step away from the fray and completely unplug to completely recharge. Little ones seek out uninterrupted attention and time with their parents to laugh, talk, sing, read, and cuddle. Find a place to give them all of you and you'll never regret what was left undone at home and in the office. You will come away knowing each other on a deeper level far from the distractions of every day life. As a family, we always head to the mountains to truly retreat, though never the same place twice. We usually choose a private cabin or home, but this year we decided to really unplug and test out a state park cabin. Five days deep in the woods with no phone, no TV, no wifi and only the mountains, the animals, the stars, and roaring fires to entertain us. It's a wonder we ever came back...

Table Rock State Park
158 E Ellison Ln
Pickens, SC 29671
( 245 miles north of Charleston, SC )
click here for all the details on this fabulous park and its amenities and lodging.
For a closer look at the cabins within Table Rock State Park click here. Our cabin was originally built in 1958 and it was perfect- simple, clean, and cozy. These cabins are fully equipped and serviced by cleaners before and after your stay (not daily). All towels and linens are provided and there is a clean kitchen with everything you need for preparing meals. The closest grocery store is roughly 20 minutes away, so I recommend stocking up and taking your food supplies in with you ( I cooked meals ahead of time and put them in the freezer when we arrived to make the most of our time to hike the mountains). Other essentials to pack: starter logs and an ax ( to prevent disease, you can't bring in your own logs and you'll need to bring logs indoors if it rains to keep them dry), flashlights, light day packs that kids can carry, wool socks and waterproof boots, trail maps, and lots of snacks for little hikers. Sadly, no family pets are allowed within the state park cabin areas. PMK tip: study your trail maps beforehand. When it says "steep" and "difficult", believe me when I tell you they mean it!

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