August 9, 2012 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

I LOVE vacations! There is something wonderful about getting to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it. It’s generally relaxing or activity-filled, depending on what type of vacation you enjoy, but always memorable. Most people I know need a vacation to recover from their vacation. Why? Because they often choose very active getaways.

Right now, I’m in the middle of a National Forest at my Mom’s house. It’s very peaceful and relaxing. I get up when I feel like it, take a walk for exercise, eat lots of good food, head to a small town for outings, and watch the hummingbirds at the feeder for entertainment.

Watching nature is always entertaining to me and the hummingbirds are fascinating. The male is not fond of females at the feeder when he wants a drink. Personally, I think it’s rather selfish. There are 10 holes and a perch. Certainly, he could allow a few others to join him, but nooooooo…as soon as a female approaches, he chases her off. I guess he doesn’t realize that due to this activity, he’s also losing out on drinking time. Duh! It’s not just the male that does the chasing. The pecking order of females also means lots of time spent keeping others away from the sauce.

There is a lot to see in the woods on my walks. The other day I saw a baby snake, two ants fighting over a small grub, fish jumping in the river, and a colt lying on the ground near its mother, just swishing it’s tail in the sun. If I were in another locale, there would be plenty more to see.

I know there are people who don’t like vacations, because of the work they will have piled on their desk when they get back to work or they feel no need to explore the world. I say “Humbug!” It’s amazing to see new sights up close and personal, try new foods, enjoy other cultures, and so much more. You don’t even have to venture far from home.

On this vacation, I spent time with a good friend in Door County, WI and I was amazed at the number of people we spoke to in shops and restaurants who didn’t know anything about other local businesses or places to see right on their own pensinsula…within 30 minutes and in most cases, within 20 minutes travel time. It happens every time I move to a new place – I tend to see more of the local hot spots then the people who have lived in the place their entire lives. Why? Because it’s not really special to them or they think they’ll get there at some point. I say, get up and get out to explore your world.

If you can afford a vacation to a new and different place, take one. Make the leap and try on a new life, even for just a little while. Don’t go with any expectations and just let the trip unfold before your eyes. Yes, there may be snafus…flight delays (been there), broken down cars (been there), bad food (rarely), but a great vacation will expand your soul, especially if it’s a trip to a place you’ve never been that has amazing scenery, like southern Utah, the ocean, or the mountains. Places can be awe-inspiring.

Can’t afford a vacation? Try dinner at a new restaurant, a trip to a local park you’ve never visited, a drive in the country or to a nearby town, etc. Pick a night, an afternoon, a day, a week, etc., and try a new place and look at the world with fresh eyes. Savor the moments of the pleasure of vacation. Yes, the work will still be there when you get home, but the time you spend away will be well worth it.


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