On Being Quiet and Thankful

Thanksgiving the kids begged us to go to “the cabin” again.  
Of course, all the (2) cabins where we’d gone before were taken already
the owner said “I do have one new one I don’t rent much you can have.”
The kids were out the entire Thanksgiving week (something to be thankful for!) 
so we took off into the mountains!

Reality Ridge Cabin in Murray Community

Pretty Field on the Drive Up
Road to Cabin

Neat Gulley with Lots of Fossils

Table Set for Thanksgiving

Misty View from Wrap-Around Deck

Thankful for:

  • Seeing lots of deer and hearing elk
  • The kids hiking, hunting for ancient sea fossils, playing games together, making zombie movies…
  • Our dog, Cole was thankful for- No Leash!  
  • Don’t think any of us wanted to come home.  
  • No internet, TV reception, or cell service (which was WONDERFUL. We love these kinds of peaceful trips.  You realize how much you DON’T need and what is important.  The hardest part is learning to be quiet and relax.)
  • Outings to Jasper to eat, buy a puzzle,  and visit Emma’s Junk Museum (a great junk store!)
  • Hiking Lost Valley to the waterfall.  
  • Living in Arkansas-such a beautiful state!
  • Painting together on a rainy day
  • My kids and my wonderful guy


Red Rock Mountain (view from the field by the cabin!)

We went to the hills this Thanksgiving. Really.
We decided to get out of Dodge and stayed in a beautiful log cabin at the Red Rock Retreat.
Just what you need when you have a family addicted to technology and a husband who usually works all vacation! 🙂

We thought we’d be roughing it, but they even had a blender, movie library, marshmallow sticks, books, games, pretty much everything you would want or need.

There were lovely trails. One to a waterfall, one to a fossil hill where the kids found fossils of prehistoric leaves and bones. They hiked to the waterfall while I cooked our turkey dinner.

Field by the cabin, complete with cows!

Another beautiful view

At night you could hear the elk calling. Spooky sound!

It was so peaceful up there we started thinking about how nice it would be to live in a little cabin like that.
My dream job has always been to run a bed and breakfast somewhere…

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!