Usually when I go on vacation I’m more than ready to come home once our time is up. I’m ready to sleep in my own bed, scuffle about in my own house, and get back in my normal routine. But this time? SIGH…
A month or so ago our Myrtle Beach plans fell through due to a vacation scam (we won’t go into details but-- Grrrr…) Anyway, my husband began the hunt for an inexpensive getaway. Well, not long afterward he found and booked a last-minute, greatly-reduced vacation to—Aruba.
I admit, as excited as I was, I was also a little leery. In the past we had traveled to Jamaica and while the resort was nice, Jamaica isn’t really a place I saw myself revisiting. In my mind Aruba was in the same general boat so to speak. Boy, was I wrong--and glad to be wrong!
The moment we landed in Aruba we knew we’d stumbled into something altogether different. The sun, sand, surf. The pic above is a shot of the view from my beach chair. Nice, eh? The water was gorgeous!
I also claimed a palm tree while I was there. Isn’t he cute? I loved him because unlike all the other tall, exotic trees and plants he was short and squatty. (Sorta like me ;) LOL)
I never came up with a name for him but my husband and I discussed a plot of how to sneak in, dig him up and somehow bring him home. Darn those customs people!
We explored the island via Jeep and traveled to the natural pool, bridges, and went exploring in a cave beneath. We saw quite a bit of the island and loved every second of it.
Even this guy didn’t scare me off. Iguanas are everywhere on the island, from big to little. Take a step in their direction, though, and they take off running—which was quite the sight to see because they raise their butts up off the ground to run. It's so funny.
Honestly, I considered running away when it came time to pack up and come home because the island had all the conveniences of home, plus the look, feel and magic of being a real-world paradise. What’s not to love?
So as I adjust to life back home in southern Ohio, I’m dealing with a SERIOUS case of Vacation Blues. So much so I bought a palm tree for my office and I’ve already started saving for a return trip that can’t happen soon enough.
Have you ever felt this way after a vacation? What’s your favorite vacation spot? Or where do you dream of going?
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THE SHERIFF'S DAUGHTER, SEP 2011
IN THE RANCHER'S FOOTSTEPS, OCT 2011
CHRISTMAS IN MONTANA, NOV 2011
A HERO IN THE MAKING, JAN 2012