Last week, Karen and I went away for a much-needed holiday-retreat. It’s been over a year since we’ve gone away as a couple. March 15th was the 12th anniversary of our first date and our plan was to commemorate and celebrate that auspicious meeting with a peaceful getaway, during the following mid-week. Karen made one request for our mini-vacation – that we agree not to talk about work – which is not always easy for me.
It had been an intense year with building a new website for Playful Planet, preparing our business plan for pitching to investors, developing new media projects and finding time to just be a family, not to mention a couple. My super-wife, super-woman, super-mom and super-entrepeneur, Karen, had begun to show signs of needing a break from it all … and, I guess I did too. It was definitely time to regenerate our energies and re-group before going further with our dreams for Playful Planet. With the busy-ness and intensity of my working and traveling, Karen growing the new business and raising our daughter, we suddenly realized it was time to step back, re-connect and relax for a moment. After all, we’re Playful Planet, aren’t we? Remember — ‘organic time’ and ‘lingering’, ‘connecting’ and with getting into nature – had we forgotten?
So…we decided to make the short drive up the Pacific Highway to Big Sur. It’s only an hour and a half drive from our home on the Central Coast. Our destination was Treebones Resort, which is a grouping of yurts on a hill, sitting on some of the most spectacularly beautiful coastline in America. I’m going to share pictures here, but the feeling of this place is impossible to convey in words or images. Their tagline is “nature with a little nurture,” and from the moment we stepped into the lodge, a large circular structure with windows facing the Pacific, we could feel the magic of nature and nurture. Everywhere you look is pleasing because the design is rooted in nature and expressed in creativity – natural, balanced, simple, aesthetic and peaceful. It’s hard to describe, but everything about the space was comforting – from home-spun quilt to the wide-board, pine floors to the roundness and views – especially the huge skylight above for watching the stars.
We had two days of letting one moment inform the next. We hiked through towering redwoods along the Mill Creek Trail and had lunch to the sound of birds and water rushing over rocks below us. We walked down a path to Sand Dollar Beach and lingered along the shoreline to collect pieces of jade for our daughter. We explored the organic food garden that supplies the Wild Coast Restaurant at Treebones… and ate delicious, fresh meals while watching the spouts of a family of migrating orca whales, swimming close to the shore as they traveled north for the summer. I even witnessed a lover, kneeling, silhouetted against the red-oranged sunset sky, high above the ocean, as he placed a ring on his beloved’s hand.
At the end of the day, we sat in two perfectly placed Adirondack chairs, drinking in the beauty of a peaceful day’s end. Wrapped in our fleece blankets, our hearts full, and our souls renewed, we were ready to receive a new energy for our shared dreams. In a moment of insight, we both realized that we can envision and have we want without having to know “how” to get it. We can be responsible for taking each step, but we are not responsible for taking care of the outcome.