As humans are migrating to both primary and secondary urban centers in greater numbers than ever before, and contributing to a digital, professional services economy often from behind screens — along with all the problems and complexities that those arrangements have created (housing costs, pollution, congestion, depression, loneliness, insomnia) — it’s become clear to me that escape is essential to our collective sanity.

That is, escape from cities, from noise, from traffic, and from our digital tethers, which have also grown more all-encompassing, constant, and inescapable.