Spring Break: Leaving the Hassle to Visit a Castle
What does spring break mean in Ohio? Gray, gloomy, rainy, snowy, and cold. It used to be that when I thought of spring break, warm weather and beaches came to mind. Now, I just think of escaping everything.
For Valentine’s Day, my husband surprised me with a few nights at Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio. This trip was only for me—so I could have uninterrupted writing time. Away from my dogs, away from my husband, away from home where the dishes and laundry never end.
The castle was nestled on a low Ohio hill, hidden by a thick screen of trees. It was truly everything you think a castle should be.
Only… There was no TV, no wi-fi, and no cell service. None.
I was in such denial that I didn’t have wi-fi or cell coverage that I spent ten minutes walking around the property trying to find a signal before admitting that there really wasn’t any. In order to let my husband know I arrived at the castle I had to drive ten minutes to get enough signal to make a call.
I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t connected to outside world. It was odd… and eerie… Almost like my phone was a safety net. But there was nothing to be done about it. I wasn’t there to play around on the internet. I was there to get some writing done.
I settled in my room for a weekend of getting some words on the page and an odd thing happened… I kept picking up my phone to check my email and my Facebook—only I didn’t have those things. It amazed me how habitual checking my phone had become.
Here’s a few of the things I learned from not having wi-fi or cell coverage:
- I had more time. I got a lot of writing done in only a day and half. I wrote 7,000 words—a record for me. I edited some of those words too.
- I survived without the safety net of a phone. I’m old enough to remember to the days before cellphones and it surprises me to realize how much I depend on my phone.
- I had time to read. Because I wasn’t on social media I had time to read! Read! Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had a chance to sit down and read a book? Forever! In case you’re wondering… I read Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders. It was soooooo good. I love tortured characters and her book was full of them!
Returning to the regular world after being unplugged at the castle kinda sucked. I avoided Facebook for a few extra days and only got back to it because I had to promote my newest release SAVING MERCY.
Visiting that castle where I was forced to unplug, makes me long for a return trip. I may just make spring break at Ravenwood Castle a yearly tradition.
When was the last time you didn’t have cell coverage, or wi-fi?
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