On Friday evening in the midst of pain and discomfort, I decided that if I couldn’t do anything but sit around, I might as well sit around somewhere better than the 4 walls of my apartment. So I threw some stuff together, grabbed the cat, and we drove to the family cabin in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. We’ve had this cabin since I was born and I’ve spent a countless number of times there. It’s a great escape from everything because it’s quiet and there’s NO cell reception. Soon before I got there, I started getting pain again. And then my cat got sick in the car (he gets motion sickness — poor little guy). My parents took care of me for the weekend…thanks mom and dad!


On Saturday, I was starting to feel a little better, but not 100%. However, we took a little drive to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 minutes away (been there countless number of times, too). My brother, his girlfriend, and their herd of four super cute dogs came to visit that evening. After dinner, we went to find frogs in the park at night. Every spring, there’s a huge colony of frogs that breed in the ponds. I always like to go check and see what species are there. We spotted and heard spring peepers, green frogs, American toads, and a few random wood frogs. The peepers were so loud that it was almost deafening.

I thought that all of the excitement and moving around would have left me hurting the next day, but it was the start of actually feeling good. Good enough that I was able to get out and take some photos for the first time since my surgery. It was raining on Sunday and I LOVE shooting plants in the rain. After taking some photos in the front yard of our cabin, my dad and I took a short drive. Here are some photos from that day.