Saturday, May 15, 2010
Saturday's List- What a Vacation Must Include
With four days of school left, I am thinking about vacations. This week's list is everything that a vacation must include in order for me to feel like it is actually a vacation:
1. Water. I need an ocean, river, or lake at the vacation destination. I guess in a pinch a water park would work, but I prefer the natural kind. I don't have to swim in it or boat on it. I can just sit and look at it and I'm happy. For some reason, I am always attracted to water.
2. Educational or historical places. I can blame this on my mom and dad. Childhood vacations or travel were supposed to be educational as well as relaxing. I remember the childhood trip through the Civil War grounds of the South, and another trip was a visit to Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois. Even when the Mr. and I went to Cancun we took a trip to see the ruins at Chichen Itza. I like to go to museums and historical sites. Washington D.C. was a dream vacation for me, though I had to travel a bit to get to the water.
3. Cemeteries. Weird, I know. I kind of like to see where famous people are buried. I have visited the graves of Sacajawea, Buffalo Bill Cody, Abraham Lincoln, Laura Ingalls Wilder, John F. Kennedy, and quite a few others. (One of these days I'll tell you about the college project where I visited cemeteries and compiled a report on unusual epitaphs.) There are still a lot of cemeteries I want to visit.
4. Somebody has to get sick or hurt. I hate to say it, but L is usually the one. She took a nice little crash on an unforgiving sidewalk when we were in Hot Springs, Arkansas; visited an emergency room with strep at Two Harbors, Minnesota; and took a header going down an Alpine Slide at Park City, Utah. (That one required a trip to the emergency room, too.) It never fails, and we're to the point where it isn't a vacation unless someone ends up feeling rotten.
5. Winery. Any time I see a sign for a winery, I am game to pull over and do a wine tasting. A tour of their facilities and vineyard is just an added perk!
So where are we going this year? I think there is a good chance we are staying at El Tiny Town and painting the house. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? There will be water to clean up the brushes, and I'm sure painting a house with the Mr. will be quite educational and informative. No cemetery. Well, at least I hope not. I am thinking of playing hooky to get out of some of the painting so that will cover the sickness. Oh, and there better be wine!
This is sounding more and more like a perfect vacation. NOT!! Don't think I'm still not expecting to do a little something fun, Mr. You're not getting off that easy. (I'm guessing you already knew that!)