Summer is coming to a close and for me that means canning season, sweaters, getting back to cooking all those amazing soups and warm dishes--oh, and planning a vacation!
Several years ago—quite by accident—my husband and I discovered the value of taking off-season vacations. We’d been planning to get away all summer long but couldn’t seem to manage it. Owning a small business tends to do that to you. In the fall of that year, we ended up driving to the Black Hills to see Mt Rushmore. It ended up being the best vacation ever.
|Didn't even have to get up early to beat the crowds|
|A great view, all to myself|
|Home Sweet Home...for a week|
|Nary a soul in sight|
Hotel rooms were less expensive, and plentiful, and we found a great off-season deal at a quaint little Bed & Breakfast. We were the only guest there, so we had the run of the place.
And talk about a relaxing get away. In our regular lives, both my husband and I run a hundred miles an hour most of the time, so we HAD to slow down. Everyone else was. We actually—get this—had time and space to have a full conversation. And uninterrupted quiet time.
Since then, we’ve taken a couple other off-season trips, like going to South Padre Island in February, before the Spring Break rush that happens there every year, and before all the staff at the hotel was worn out from the season.
And not just for my vacation...I’m always looking for new locations to plop my characters. They don’t all live here with me, not really. Visiting places outside my norm makes for some great research, and helps me make it more real, helps keep ME more real. At least that’s my goal.
Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone!