Close your eyes and place yourself here: it’s summer; you’re sitting on a boat, listening to the lake water (clean enough to drink, it’s been tested,) lap against the boat, blue, cloudless skies, a warm 85 degrees, no cell service, and your favorite music softly playing on the portable speakers next to your picnic lunch.
Sounds like heaven, right? My boyfriend and I spent an incredibly relaxing, calming, and refreshing weekend at my family’s lakehouse on Indian Lake (a true 4 season destination) over the summer and still get pangs of nostalgia when we think about how amazing it was. This was the first weekend I ever just turned off and got some true R&R. We spent the entire weekend relaxing on the boat without a worry in the world or anything on our schedule.
The joys of not having cell service or internet is remarkable. You really don’t know how stressed you are until you unplug and unwind and realize what a gift it actually is to not have something buzzing or ringing every 30 seconds. We fished, swam, boated, picnicked on the boat for lunch, cooked an amazing steak dinner on the deck, made s’mores, read, and lounged for the entire weekend, and I couldn’t think of a better way to relax.
What is your favorite way to relax? Do you have a spot that you go to where you can turn off all of the noise of today and just sit there and be? The Adirondack Park in Upstate New York is truly the best way to relax like this. Without cell service, you’re forced to enjoy your surroundings and take in all of the beauty that nature has to offer that we take for granted every day. When was the last time that you just watched some fluffy, white clouds roll by, or listen to peaceful sounds of birds chirping and fire burning and crackling in a fire pit?
How about just spending true quality time without any kind of distractions with someone you love? Sure, you go out to dinner or have a date night, but at a few points throughout the night, you check your phone, answer an emergency email for work, and scroll through your Facebook newsfeed. Being up here, without anything like that is a free gift, one that more people need to take more often before we all become robots!