I realize I just came back from a five-day trip. And I hate to be greedy. But . . . I think I need a vacation. A real vacation. One where you don't have to make your bed. Okay fine. Sometimes I don't make my bed when I'm not on vacation, but I feel bad when that happens. Or a vacation where you don't have to worry about making dinner. Yeah, yeah - I know - there are a lot of days when I don't make dinner either, but I feel guilty about it. Or a vacation when you don't have to pick up after yourself (or others) if you don't want to. Don't say a word. I need guilt-free time - - time where you don't have to think of anyone but yourself and about having fun with the people you are with. I don't really have a dream vacation in mind. You know, a place you've fantasized all your life about going someday - posters on the wall, an empty passport waiting to be stamped. Some people dream of visiting the Eiffel Tower, or the Coliseum in Italy, or seeing the changing of the guards in London. And those are all great destination places. But I don't have my mind set on any one thing or any one place in particular. There ARE things I'd like to do and places I'd like to see that would really make me smile, though.
First of all, I don't want or need to leave the country. I think the United States has plenty of wonderful vacation spots and fantastic things to see right here on our own soil. And there are so many crazy, wonderful, weird things to see off the beaten path. Once in a while, when we map out our vacation from point A to point Z, we need to put the map aside and not be afraid to take a detour (unless you're in the heart of West Virginia - then be afraid. Very afraid - I saw "Deliverance."). Instead of going from A directly to Z, go to points B and F and M and Q and THEN to point Z. And you don't even have to have a known destination - just head off in any direction until you find something fun and interesting. You never know what wonders you will see! The other day my sister was talking about taking a "sisters trip" to the 100 mile swap meet - - I think it starts in Kentucky. That would be a blast.
Second of all, I don't really want to go on a cruise. The thought of being on a big humongous ship out in the middle of the ocean kind of leaves me feeling claustrophobic. What if I didn't like it and wanted to leave??! I'm not a very good swimmer. And - I also saw "Jaws". I think I could live without ever stepping foot on a cruise ship.
I would love to go to Disneyland . . . again. Yes, I grew up there and went to Disney dozens of times. And I have so many good memories of the happiest place on earth. But now that I live in a non-Disneyland zone, I long to be a tourist, spend marathon days at the park and stay at the Disneyland Hotel (before we were married, my husband and I used to sneak into the hotel swimming pool - they have a GREAT pool - we were such rebels!).
My husband has always wanted to go crabbing on the Oregon coast. And, it's been a long time since I've been to San Francisco. That might be fun. Lombard Street. Alcatraz - it's haunted, you know. A ghost hunt has definitely got to be in my future at some point. There are a ton of places in Pennsylvania that are purported to be haunted. And, Pennsylvania is on the other side of the country, where my husband has never been. So, we could couple the ghost hunting with a lot of other fun sight seeing ventures on the east coast. And connect with an old friend.
See, I'm easy. It's not going to take the Louvre or the romantic gondolas in Venice to make me happy. Just a week or two away when we can just have fun, be together, and forget about "real" life for a while.
Or, in other words, a vacation :)