we went away to the land where the phone reads No Service, and it was awesome. last week we hiked through miles of sun, rain, thunder, snow, little rocks, big rocks, tundra, cascades, horse shit, and dirt; saw caribou, elk, and marmots; ignored the clock; made pit stops in little towns and at roadside stands for cherry pie; even had coffee one morning with my favorite map maven jill berry. i missed my kids, but knew they were in good hands, so i let go and enjoyed it all. my head needed a total reboot and this did it. nature always does.