Mark and I had the chance to go on a little weekend rendezvous for our 12th wedding anniversary — which is officially not until August 21st! We went to the Poconos last year and had a blast, but after much debate, we decided to stay close to home and go to Cook Forest, PA (just an hour away). We opted to stay at the Clarion River Lodge and as an added bonus, our close friends — Mike and Kelly — came with us to celebrate their 11th anniversary (which was actually Friday)! And yes….we had separate rooms 😉
We chose the “Getaway Package” so that we didn’t have to worry about a thing and it included a suite overlooking the beautiful Clarion River and fine dining both nights and breakfast each morning.
Here is the beauty we pulled up to upon check-in….
Friday night, we had a crazy kid-free time with lots of drinks and laughs! After dinner, we headed to a bar that was just 2 miles away back a dirt road, but we somehow ended-up driving about 10 miles to get there! Lol! We made it, though, and had a good time! Once we came back to the suites, we built a fire outside for the 4 of us and then a few hours later, we had to call it a night!
Saturday afternoon, we knew what we wanted to do…float down the Clarion River on inner tubes with NO KIDS and not a care in the world!! Mike and Kelly have 3 kids, as well, so we thoroughly enjoyed this quiet weekend and savored every “whine-free” moment! It was funny to watch other moms and dads struggling to get their kids’ life jackets on and get them situated in their canoes and rafts…we felt sorry for them and were SO happy that it wasn’t us this time!!! Haha!
After our relaxing float down the river, we headed back to the Lodge and hung-out on the balcony for a few hours. After that, it was time for some more drinks and dinner, so we headed down to the Irish Pub on-site!
After having a few drinks beforehand and a very strong — but yummy — drink in the pub, I was extremely happy and loving life before dinner even started! Haha! This is the only picture that I got of Mark and I all weekend and I think that my face and eyes show how happy I really was!!!
We ate another impressive dinner, had more drinks, and then went back to the suites and built another fire! We ended-up getting rained on, but that didn’t stop us! We took our *party* back to our room and had another great night!
What an absolutely perfect weekend! Thanks to my in-laws for babysitting, thanks to Mike and Kelly for the fun company and tons of laughs, thanks to the wonderful staff at the Clarion River Lodge, and thanks to my amazing husband for the awesome life you have created with me!
Happy 12th, Mark!!