Earlier in the week Eric had some business out of town. The girls and I decided to join him for the day trip. He was visiting the Ucross Foundation (click here). This is a place where creatives (artists, writers, musicians) come and take a retreat. I can only imagine how wonderful the experience must be. While I can't apply to stay there (no kids can stay there, kind of defeats the purpose) it might be something I shoot for in another season of my life. We drove to the absolutely gorgeous location on a restored farm and got a quick tour of the grounds, it was nothing short of amazing. The offices are housed in a restored farmhouse. Think high ceilings and old furniture. It was very charming.
Cordelia at Ucross.
Next we went and checked out some off site locations. Eric had a meeting. We all thought it would be quick so the girls and I decided to hang out near the gardens and tiny chapel. If we had known that the quick meeting would turn into a 2 1/2 hour event I may have shuffled over to Buffalo to explore with our girls. Instead we hung out for 2 1/2 hours. It was kind of weird to just loiter, but the girls were totally oblivious and enjoyed the outdoors. Thankfully I had brought water, snacks and sunscreen.
We wandered over to the small chapel. Really it was just a small room with windows and pews. There was a podium with a guestbook where passing travelers signed their names. The girls played in there. Cordelia imagined that we were on a ship. Elise just ran around like crazy. She was also really impressed by the ceiling beams.
There was also a small and gorgeous garden for us to explore. We sat around enjoying and exploring in a way we certainly would never have made time for otherwise, but the girls enjoyed themselves immensely.
When it was all said and done both girls passed out in the car on the ride home. I had received about about a dozen new mosquito bites (oddly I was the only one bitten). A strange day for sure, but a good one too.