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  • Getting away for a while

  • Everyone has got to get away every once in a while. Over the weekend, I met with college friends for a “glamping” trip to the Turner Falls area.
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  • Everyone has got to get away every once in a while.
    Over the weekend, I met with college friends for a “glamping” trip to the Turner Falls area.
    We had a large enough group to split the cost of Chigley Mansion in Davis, and it was a much nicer set of accommodations than pitching a tent somewhere. For the more athletically inclined of our group, there was a horseshoe pit and volleyball net. And for those of us a little too clumsy for such pursuits, there was plenty of space inside for board games. (There were even a few televisions inside, which went entirely unused all weekend.)
    We had some good times catching up with each other, but the highlight of the trip was the day we spent at Turner Falls.
    Things have changed there in the three years since I last saw the place.
    There were definitely a few places where stonework at the castle has been patched up here and there. Last time I visited, one of the rooms of the castle had a fireplace had a mantle which, at one time, had clearly been decorated with rose rocks. The rose rocks were, sadly, absent, but you could see the imprint of where they had once been. This time around, there were some new paintings on the wall of Oklahoma wildlife, a redone rock mantle on the fireplace, and a painting of the falls hanging above it. I was disappointed to see vandals have already painted graffiti over part of the painting.
    Overall, though, it was a good experience. We met a random young man named David, who asked to pose in our group photo. We had an exhausting hike up a hill that none of us at the outset realized would be so steep and long, which reminded me of how desperately I need to start working out and get into shape.
    And, later in the afternoon, we all cooled off in the swimming areas around the park — an experience refreshing enough to banish all of my exhaustion after the morning’s hike.
    The park was far more crowded than I would like, but the experience was still well worth it. If you haven’t been, I recommend you add it to your list.

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