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(Long) Weekend Roundup: Cabins & Shenanigans

Ryan and I spent the long weekend in the woods of Pennsylvania on a belated 30th birthday adventure for Ryan’s best friend. I spent much of the weekend feeling oh-so-thankful that Ryan not only has such an awesome best friend, but also that his best friend married such an awesome wife who is a total blast to hang out with. The four of us are a ridiculously awesome combination, and we don’t take it for granted. Please note: our friends are not shown below out of respect for their privacy. Hard to imagine, but some people don’t actually want to be plastered all over the internet. 🙂

Weekend Roundup Nov 2012 |

Enough sap, though – here’s a recap of our weekend, in photos.

It was harder than expected to find a cozy little cabin that was somewhat rustic.  This one in the Laurel Highlands of PA was  a pretty good fit.

Log Cabin Ohiopyle | The Borrowed Abode

Fireplace? Check. Comfy and cozy with a good kitchen? Check.

Odd cabin decor? Check.  I really wanted to rearrange the living room furniture to set the fireplace as a focal point, but I resisted the urge.

Log Cabin Fireplace Ohiopyle PA |

Revisiting the awesomeness of Fallingwater (and also Kentuck Knob) with our friends who had never seen either Frank Lloyd Wright home before. . .

Fallingwater Nov 2012 |

Feeling and hearing the leaves crunch under our feet on a deserted mountain trail at sunset . . .

Jane Ryan Woods Walk |

Dancing with joy at the thought of having Brussels sprouts for dinner . . . at least I think that’s what I was doing.  Although C and I had several moments of dancing shenanigans throughout the weekend. . .

Jane Cabin Shenaningans |

Flaming marshmallows atop twigs can be used in lieu of birthday candles on a cake . . . just try not to burn your fingers while lighting them.

Cake Flaming Marshmallow Candles |

Saving the world from four medical epidemics at once proved to be difficult, but after several tries we succeeded at winning Pandemic, the board game:

Pandemic Board Game |

Scrambling to a nice high point on rocks above the Youghiogeny River . . .

Jane Ryan Rocks River Youghiogeny |

Which provides the perfect vantage point from which to observe the whitewater kayakers . . . including a woman and her DOG!

Woman Whitewater Kayak Dog |

And, right before leaving on Monday, arranging half of the cabin bookshelf by color order, and styling the shelves a smidge . . . then giving up, thinking “the owner’s going to think we’re wack jobs.”

Cabin PA Bookshelves Arranged |

on a slightly more serious note, we were shocked at how hard it was to find a suitably rustic cabin.  So many of the propoerties that come up in searches today are anything but rustic, with 8 or 10 bedrooms and hot tubs and gourmet kitchens and TVs IN EVERY ROOM and WI-FI access so you can “keep working away from home”.  WTF?

Whatever happened to just getting away from it all? Fortunately we were able to do just that. And it reminded me we need to do it more often.

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  • Reply KNatGU at 4:57 pm

    Pandemic is hard. I can remember if we ever beat it. “high fives” for other couples out there that are into crazy board games

  • Reply Julia at 5:13 pm

    You are a goofball in these pictures. Totally endearing btw. Looks like fun! Makes me want to rent a cabin in Ruidoso, our local “rustic” haunt.

  • Reply Two Streets Over at 6:00 pm

    The cabin and the area look very peaceful.Glad your trip was only postponed and not cancelled, it looks like you both were able to enjoy yourselves (Random dancing/jigs don’t occur on bad trips). I love that you organized the bookcase, I wonder what the owners will think when they notice.

    • Reply Jane at 11:57 am

      The owners probably think I’m nuts! But we did have a blast – thanks 🙂

  • Reply Tara at 11:47 pm

    I love that you wanted to redecorate/reorganize the cabin 🙂

  • Reply Kiri at 7:00 am

    OK – So I’m officially a green colour with you visiting Falling Water. I have loved FLW from afar (Australia is a bit of a distance to travel to look at a house) and that one is just completely gorgeous. I’m also really glad that you had such a fun time in your rustic cabin – very glad you found one. I hope america doesn’t lose that – rustic cabins are such an american icon.

    • Reply Jane at 11:57 am

      You’re so right! Never thought of it that way, but cabins ARE a part of American history!!

  • Reply Funnelcloud Rachel at 2:08 pm

    Love this post and looks like you had a great time! I first visited Fallingwater 9 years ago – this trip also involved freezing my @$$ off camping in April and a whitewater rafting trip down the Yough. (Also freezing – ice water down your wetsuit is NO FUN.) Never would’ve occurred to me to put my dog in the boat though – what kind of kayak is that anyway?

    I love that you stayed in an actual log cabin – so cute, despite its perplexing furniture layout. I always vacation with a group of architects & engineers, so we probably would’ve rearranged the living room. 😉

    Also, the flaming marshmallow birthday candles are AWESOME!

  • Reply Janise Cookston at 12:47 pm

    We love Pandemic! It’s so challenging. Glad to see others playing some off-the-beaten path games.

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