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Staycation midterm

Mark in the woods

What's the recipe for a perfect staycation? One part adventure, one part spending time with friends and family, and one part relaxation. As with everything else, the trick is finding just the right balance.

Fall leaves on the windshield

It's completely un-homesteading related, but in case you're curious, my goal is to find one interesting event for each day of our week off. To that end, we've visited Bristol Caverns, watched Star Wars episode 1 with Kayla and her husband (working toward my goal of watching all six of the first movies in order before the next comes out), missed the super eclipse due to clouds (oh well!), and had a fun picnic in the park. Today, Mom's coming over, we'll probably head to the movie theater to see The Martian later in the week, and I'm also hoping I'll be brave enough to hike an 11.5 mile trail I've been eying.

And then we'll hit the ground running with renewed vigor when our staycation is over. Already, I can tell that it was a good decision to stay home this year. Ten days of rest with minimal driving is just the ticket to make our homesteading goals and projects come back into focus. And it's fun too!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Now that we're finally settled here in Piney Flats, if you and Mark make it back down this way again during your staycation, holler and maybe we could get together for lunch! Elise is working all week, but I'm sticking close to home to finish up splitting firewood and prepping the house for winter, assuming the rain doesn't make all of that impossible.


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