Back when I was younger I took off and traveled the globe. Eventually I came back and fell in love the the St. Croix River Valley and learned this is where I want to be. However, winters are not my favorite, and are still a challenge! How do you manage the intense beauty of a Minnesota summer and a bitter cold winter? I didn’t! So I used to take off for winters and “adventure” as I’d say. Now that I have larger responsibilities than myself it’s too hard to get away for long periods like an entire winter.
This year I squirreled away for a vacation fund to a warm place. Lo and behold, I discovered dirt cheap airfair to Mexico. A friend and I went to Mexico for 10 days and sat on the beach. It was so wonderful to sit still and relax after a very busy first year on raw land. This was my first time to Mexico and I feel kind of bad I didn’t do anything authentic or exploratory in the least. It was a trip to sit and Be. It was a major success :)
One morning I was walking on the beach, stuck in my head looking at the ocean and the sand until a man approached me. He so kindly asked me about my shirt and explained his connection to it. Queue the smal world factor..
What a funny coincidence this was. Here is David, a producer of Women’s Work: The Untold Story of America’s Female Farmers. This documentary is in the works and had a crowd funding campaign that I was very excited to support. This summer I waited for their inventory to restock and got a T-shirt to spread the word and also contribute to the film. I cannot wait for it to come out. If you aren’t familiar with The Female Farmer Project I highly suggest you check it out. They are doing lots of cool things.
Here I was on some touristic beach on a warm winter day and the film producer of a farming documentary was on vacation with his wife. They were so kind and open about their work and connection to the farming world. I was so pleased to meet a critical person of a project I supported so of course I gave him a hug. Ha! You can take me off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of me..
After 10 days of rest, eating good food and sipping delicious local beverages I hopped back on a place to get home in time for the polar vortex. Bad timing on my part but I was recharged nonetheless. I hope to be able to take a longer trip away over the holidays next winter but we will see what happens. As a farmer, it’s difficult to find time to take a break and unwind. There is really only a specific window of time that it’s possible to get out and enjoy a trip like this and I’m going to try my hardest to make it possible every year!