Thursday, August 9, 2018

Blisswood in Cat Springs, TX: Unplugged & In Tune

Deep in the heart of Texas lies a 500 acre ranch in Cat Springs.  Horses roaming the front yard. No wifi or tv's.

The only thing for miles and miles is land. In fact, we had to go to the store to grab charcoal that we had forgotten and it was a good 35 minute drive to the closest store, which was a small town market.

On Memorial Day weekend, we rented a house with a pool there at Blisswood Bed & Breakfast.  It was called the "Dog Trot House". It was the only house on the ranch with a pool and I am very glad that we decided to rent the house with the pool since it was mostly hot and humid during our stay. We spent quite a few hours splashing in that pool. We took plenty of walks around the ranch as well. The kids got to ride horses and we spent one of our mornings feeding all of the animals on the ranch during an early morning feed tour.
It was awesome!!

In addition, the kids got attacked by red ants a few times. I got stung by theeeee biggest bee that I have ever seen in my life, I was greeted each morning in the bathroom by numerous caterpillars, centipedes and God knows what else... and we smelled like farm for a few days. But it was worth every single second. I have said before that since we have come to Texas, my love for seeing new things has grown.  I love to see how different life is all over this small world that we live in. How interesting and complex each new place can be. Cat Springs, Texas was no different. It was an experience I soaked up and won't soon forget. With no wifi or movies or tv, the kids just ran freely through the ranch. They played in the dirt and connected with the animals. It gave me such joy to watch Scarlett run out in the front yard to make friends with the horses in the pasture. Maxwell digging a dirt road for his trucks was equally as satisfying. Ty told them stories of his summers on his grandfather's farm in Vermont. Wide-eyed little children eagerly listened.

Waking up at 5:30 am wasn't as much of a task here. I looked forward to every sunrise. A little quiet time with my coffee, some soft music and that beautiful sun creeping up an inch at a time to wake every sleeping creature under it. Every single morning, I sat in that rocker watching the fog let off the green and that ever so peaceful horizon. What inspiration it was. I swear it was a writer's dream.  Carol is the owner of the ranch and she kept a book in the house of the background of Blisswood. I loved reading about the history and even taking a look at the old black and white framed photos of the past owners hanging on the wall. I made sure to leave some notes there in their memory book. This trip was ultimately another "noise-free" vacation that our family needs time and time again. If you read my post to Big Bend (HERE), then you will get the "noise-free" reference. It's so important to disconnect with the chaos and live in the moment.   It's impossible to do anything else at a place like this. I got to pay attention to every single cannonball that Scarlett made into the pool. I really watched as Maxwell made a road through the dirt with his diggers. Ty and I had a few good laughs about things that only we think are funny. We made meals together in the old, rustic kitchen. I adored that little farm house so!  The only noise we had there, was good ole' music. So we did some dancing too. One evening while we were playing cards on the porch, a big storm came through. Once it passed,  we got to watch the lightening in the distance, frolicking through the clouds. It was divine. 

 If you are not a nature lover, this place might be a bit too extreme for you. However, there is something to be said about living simple for a while. As you can see by the photos, we did enjoy out time here. At the bottom of this post, I left a little video that I made of our trip there. Also, a couple videos of the places where we stayed while there.

Our video of the trip here:

If you want to take a peak at where we stayed, check it out here:

Here is another house there that we almost stayed at:

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