You've done the cruise thing. Disney, Hawaii, Paris. Check, check, check. Nice weather, good food, bad water, big crowds. Sensory overload with a hefty price.
This year, you want to get away from all those places that promise to get you away from it all, and herd you in with everyone else seeking to get away from it all.
Well this year, I can promise you, there is a place you can do it. There will not be massive crowds...no jacked-up tourist prices...and the water is great.
And the few, normal, well-adjusted folks that you'll be sharing the week with are...wood nuts.
That's because, this summer, Penn State, the International Wood Collector's Society, and the International Association of Wood Anatomists, are inviting you, the Go Wood reader, to an event so unusual, so laid-back, so educational, and so woody, that news outlets around the world are totally ignoring it.
That event is World of Wood 2015.
But please, don't tell anyone...we want to keep this thing quiet.
The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would beWithout wood.
Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood