This weekend, it was so easy for me to do just that. On Thursday, my mom and I headed out to our favorite spot on the river for a full three days of camping.
When we first arrived, I was hit by a huge wave of exhaustion. I think I am so used to my go, go, go lifestyle, that sitting around doing literally nothing was a shock to my system.
It was hard to even get through a magazine. I was out early and slept for ten straight hours. That's a feat for me, who usually only sleeps about 7 hours a night. I was bright eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.
Friday was spent laying on rafts in the rivers for hours and hours. We moved only to get up to eat lunch and snacks. I got sufficiently sun-soaked. I finally got stir crazy and forced my mom to hike for an hour. Yes. I hiked in flip flops because I forgot to pack any regular shoes.
Of course, we sat some more by the campfire.
Saturday, I was in charge of leading a group down the river. I've gone rafting approximately 800 times before in my life, but I've never paddled or lead a boat. I was nervous and decided to practice good river safety.
Also, you can't forget to wear your most stylish shoes rafting.
Of course, on the trip, I was the only one to fall out. I always have a slight moment of panic before I realize that I am actually stronger than the rapids and am able to stand up. Luckily, my friend's husband pulled me back into the boat quickly and I went right on paddling. It was pretty smooth if you ask me.
That's the guy who basically saved my life. ;-) After dinner, a group of us went for another short hike. By short, I mean about a mile straight up a mountain. I carried the baby the entire way. An extra 22lbs definitely adds something to the whole hiking experience.
Don't let the picture fool you. This was at the top after I gave her back to her mom. This was the group of us at sunset.
Today, I was ready to come home, but really only for a run and a shower. My arms are completely dead from all of the rowing I did yesterday. I am pretty certain that's my new favorite form of exercise! I did not miss technology at all. In fact, I didn't even think about it. Being with good people, laughing and joking, tops scrolling through Facebook any day. I am also about 8 shades darker than I was when we left.
Now I am back in the real world, but I'm already ready to unplug again soon!
Have you ever been rafting?