My favorite movie of all time is “On Golden Pond” with Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda playing an aging couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer. They spend each summer at their cottage on a lake called Golden Pond. They are visited by daughter Chelsea, who is somewhat estranged from her curmudgeon of a father. Chelsea introduces them to her new fiance, Bill, and asks the Thayer’s to permit Bill’s young son Billy to stay with them while she and Bill have some time to themselves. Do you remember the line about “suck face”? If you don’t, you really need to watch this movie as it is timeless, sweet, and funny (in my opinion). I named C1 after the daughter in the movie and coincidently, C1 visited the lake that is featured in the film when she traveled to New Hampshire last year. She says it is as picturesque as it appears in the film. My girls are tired of watching the movie with me so I have to sneak a view when they are not around. This is way easier to do now that they have flown the coop.
This week-end, C3, home for a few days from college, and I are headed to a cabin, just like “On Golden Pond”, but in the woods of eastern Oklahoma, to spend a few days getting back in touch with nature, away from big city life, to take some time to walk a few trails and see the stars. Note…we are not going camping but we are going ‘cabining’ which is the only type of outdoor sleeping experience my female clan is willing to try. Nature is sometimes not all it is cracked up to be after a few hours without life’s little necessities. The cabin is fully furnished and has running water, heating, a/c, washer/dryer, all the appliances, and beds. While not on Golden Pond, we are located near the Talimena National Scenic Byway. This drive offers us more than 50 miles of vistas from Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest (pronounced Wash-i-tah). We will hike, play board games, read, sit on the porch, make a fire, roast marshmallows and explore the area. No deadlines, no homework, no chores, just three days of rest and relaxation exploring a little bit of heaven in eastern Oklahoma. So load up the trunk with a few necessary supplies, and ROAD TRIP!