Retreating

Location: Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA
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Exhausted.

Drove for seven hours, arrived only fifteen minutes before orientation, no time to change out of scruffy clothes before meeting instructor and classmates.

Dragged suitcases plus kitchen sink into a cabin at a 1950s-style motor court.

Foraged for food.

Prepared to fall into bed asap.

Picked up a novel, had to know how it ended, found out.

Turned out lights at 1:24 a.m.

Sat in class for five hours, writing, writing, writing.

Crashed in cabin, foraged again, crashed again.

Started on homework.

Homework. Honestly.

Who goes on retreat to do homework?

It’s been a pretty good two days.

Back from camp

I’m home from the Texas Mountain Trail Writers Writing Round-up. Post-retreat blues–why do retreats have to end?–have lifted. Fatigue from hauling suitcase, duffel bag, and a stack of books halfway across Texas and back has vanished. Euphoria from seeing a basket filled with real homemade biscuits sitting beside a pot of gravy has settled.

Delight at hearing Blair Pittman tell stories about his experiences in Terlingua and the Big Bend, and then making a spur-of-the-moment decision to swing through the Park before coming home remains.

Resolve formed while listening to author and editor speak about writing balks, needing a good swift kick, which shall be administered forthwith.