Saturday, August 11, 2012

Falcons, Archery, and Food (All in the Name of Research)

By Ellery Adams

Yep, I have it tough. I spent three days this week conducting research for a top-secret project (I promise to tell you more about it as soon as I can) in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Virginia.

Despite the clouds of gnats that followed our family everywhere, unplugging for these few precious hours proved to be incredibly inspirational.

So what was I researching?

Exactly that:  unplugging. I needed to spend some time at a place where there wasn't time for technology. With all the hiking, swimming, archery, horseback riding, cavern exploration and a daily high tea, I didn't miss Facebook, my email Inbox, or anything else on the Web.


My birthday's coming up this month and I asked to have a falconry lesson as my gift. It was fascinating!  I then learned that I'm no Robin Hood (though daughter Sophie was a crack shot) and that old hotels have dozens of interesting doors leading to dozens of interesting passageways.

Sounds like the perfect setting for a mystery, doesn't it? Well, stay tuned.

What did you do the last time you unplugged?

13 comments:

Shirley said...

The last mini vacation I took was to Amish country in Lancaster County, PA. I walk around the antique mall, sightsee, shop for fabric, read, and relax.

Cell service is spotty at best but I enjoy being there so who cares?

Dru said...

Your trip sounds heavenly.

Janet McCord said...

Hooray for Virginia & Happy Birthday Ellery! I thought you might be trying to live out the movie "Brave" with the archery LOL Oh, and Shirley, I have to say, with much prejudice, that Ohio's Amish country is better than Pennsylvania's. Just something to think about for next time! :) Janet

Sue said...

When I "unplug" I visit where ever the book I'm reading takes me. Reading is my time to unplug and I make sure I do it daily (if life lets me that is) Usually I get up earlier than necessary and don't turn anything on but my coffee pot. Then I travel to places I've never been for an hour or so before the rest of the house wakes up.

Shirley said...

Janet, I live in Baltimore so PA is closer than OH, of course. I am from Iowa so I have been to the Amana Colonies (it's very nice, too). Next time I head west, I will have to check out Ohio's Amish country.

Thank you for the suggestion.

Anonymous said...

Having grown up in Stark and Holmes County OH, let me second Janet's comment about their Amish country. Do I ever miss all the good cheese!

Ellery, sounds like a wonderful unplugging. I am jealous of you working with falcons.

Debra said...

I visited Vermont one winter. When we woke up, it was zero degrees and the only way to get Internet was to sit in the middle of a field holding a laptop. No tv either, we watched dvd's while sitting in front of a crackling fire.

Jeannie D. said...

Your trip sounds awesome. My last unplugging was a trip my Husband and I took last January. We left our home in Tennessee went to New Orleans and spent the weekend. We then wound our way through River Road in Valcherie, Louisiana and went to some of the beautiful plantation homes. Then on to my brother in laws home in Houston, where we did day trips to Galveston, and San Antonio. It was marvelous. We chose to unplug. It was absolutely marvelous.

Ellery Adams said...

It's funny that this has turned into a discussion on Amish tourism, but I actually went to school in Lancaster, PA and didn't even know about the OH group. Drats! I'll have to add that to my visit list, y'all. I love to check out their quilts - such beautiful handiwork!

Shirley said...

I shop for fabric because I quilt, one of my favorite hobbies (other than reading, of course!). I just finished a red tractor quilt for my 3 year old grandnephew. It was lots of fun to make.

Aurian said...

I just went away to my parents vacation house for a week, and the only thing I did was check my email for personal emails I needed to read and answer, and the rest (newsletters, blogposts, I did not read). So no blogging, twitter or other stuff, just me, nature, books and my family.

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Ann said...

You are such a powerhouse at home, and write more than any three writers would usually be able to do. I bet you could use frequent unplugged vacations say a little vacation house or cabin? I'll imagine it for you all. Glad you got out of the routine, and enjoyed. For me, the ocean would have to be nearby.