2014 July 03

On our way back to St. Augustine from our Florida wilderness retreat, we pulled over at the County Line in Hastings, Florida to stop at an acclaimed Farmer’s Market, literally called the County Line. We made out like bandits picking up potatoes, squash, beets, spinach, onions, tomatoes, mango and more for a mere $12. We even got to pick out our own courtesy apples after we had paid as a nice little thank you for stopping by.

Since we returned to St. Augustine with so many veggies in tow, we decided to go three for three on home cooked dinners for two, fully utilizing our findings.

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The subject of disconnecting has been on my brain quite a lot lately. Perhaps it’s because this time last year, my coworkers and I were embarking on a disconnect challenge, one that required we each identify a technological vice we could commit to breaking away from for an entire month. I chose Instagram in an effort to get away from constant documentation and return to the idea of recapturing the moment. This year, the group is currently in the midst of a total blackout from all social media channels. Although I considered hopping on board, I realized that professionally, it wasn’t a wise call for me at the moment, and so I opted out. Even though I am not part of the official month long disconnect, I’ve been using this time period to focus on the idea of taking a step back from being over-connected to recapture the details that get regularly overlooked.

Retreating to the Woods

Naturally it seemed like a perfect time to retreat off the grid to stay in a cabin for a few days and spring hop down the Santa Fe River with my counterpart. And so, at the start of last week, we set out for a much needed retreat into the central Florida wilderness near Rum Island in Fort White, not too far from Gainesville. The days immediately before departure, I realized my brain was spinning too fast, and feeling like its wires were totally burnt out. This retreat couldn’t have come at a better time.

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