This weekend the boy and I celebrated seven years together. Yep you read that right. We have been together since we were ‘youngins.’ If you do the math, that is since 2007. The year that Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone, the year that the final Harry Potter book was published and the year that President Obama declared candidacy. Let’s just say it was a big year for us all.
Each year we try to do a little something to celebrate. My favorite part of this tradition is that it started when we were slightly more broke college students, so the day was never focused on presents or anything remotely fancy. This year we had big plans to take Miss Maude on her first camping trip, but the typical sunny Sun Valley weather took a change for the worst this weekend. So we improvised.
We quickly packed up the car with a few essentials for the day and took off for an adventure. The boy took a minimal approach and packed his fly rod while I packed a few chairs, my book, a cooler, some blankets and towels just in case. I firmly believe that you can never be too prepared. We picked up subs to go from Johnny G’s (fyi amazing subs) and stopped by the market for some chips, beer for the boy and a fizzy water for me. And then we were off.
Our adventure commenced with enjoying our picnic just out of town and then driving over Trail Creek. For those of you that have never been over Trail Creek Pass, it is quite the experience. It is a dirt road with no side rail, relatively straight up the side of a mountain. But, the view from the top is worth the harrowing drive every time. We continued our drive towards Challis, Idaho, but made a quick decision to turn around and head back to the Lost River to take advantage of the bit of sun that was poking through the clouds. We spent the rest of the day fishing, reading and playing with Miss Maude in the shallows.
With no pun intended, it was a day of being lost. When you top out over Trail Creek, there is no service, mountain ranges for miles and a sense of contentment. We enjoyed the day disconnected and with no sense of a plan or time. It reminded me that despite how contradictory this is to my nature, days of just packing up and going without a worry of home is essential. Awkward Mamma Adventures hit the nail on the head when she wrote about Busting Over the Fence and leaving all of our life worries and chores for another day. Which is just what we did.
Our day on the Lost confirmed to me that there needs to be more days of simply getting lost to all of our worries and the ever increasing hustle and bustle of life and enjoying simply what is around you.