"" Writer's Wanderings: A Simple Honeymoon

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Simple Honeymoon


The other day I was talking with someone who is getting married soon and the plans were still coming together. They were working with a small budget since the couple is also buying a small home to start their life together. They hadn't decided on where to spend their honeymoon. I suggested the same low-budget place we spent ours 41 years ago--the state park.

In south central Ohio is the Hocking Hills area and Lake Hope State Park. It was a lot more rustic years ago but there are still cabins there even though the lodge is gone--lost in a fire a few years ago. I remember those three days well. We were so in love. . .

And we were so hoping no one would realize it was our honeymoon. Unfortunately, we were the only couple there those three days. The rest of the population was made up of a group of rangers who had assembled for a seminar or meeting or some such thing. We stood out as the honeymooners.

It was quiet in the evenings though and we could hear the leaves rustle a bit (it was September) when the cool wind blew through them. We could also hear the distinctive sound of acorns as they fell from the large oak tree that stretched over the roof of our cabin. You could hear "thuck, thuck, thuck, thuck" as a nut fell through the leaves and branches and then a loud "PING!" as it hit the tank that held the heating oil for winter.

We explored the caves and creeks and trails but hadn't really found anything to claim as a souvenir. (At that time, there were no gift shops around.) Just as we were ready to leave, I bent down and picked up an acorn. It was our only souvenir.

Later, I encased it in plastic and it has moved with us from house to house finding a niche to be displayed as a reminder of our simple honeymoon. It was the first trip we ever took together. I'm glad we started out simply. Kind of like a simple acorn that grows into a strong oak tree.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen! I just wanted to say I enjoyed this post. I'm the marketing director for Vinton County and Lake Hope is one of our most popular attractions. Perhaps you can visit us again someday! The park has changed a lot in the last 41 years but it remains just as peaceful and beautiful. Brandi Betts

Karen said...

Thanks, Brandi! We have been back several times and just may plan a time to stay longer again. Our grandkids enjoyed exploring and we had a great time feeding hummingbirds the last time. I thought I posted about it but I can't find where it is. Definitely will next time.

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