|Arlee at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park|
(summer of 2015)
The bad thing about vacations is that they have to end. But of course if they never ended then they wouldn't be vacations anymore would they? I'll admit that as our trip was coming to a close I was looking forward to getting back home and back to my usual schedule. Now that I've had a few weeks back on the job of being at home I'm dreaming about vacation travel again.
When I was still in school, the end of summer was looked upon with some sadness mixed with the anticipation of entering a new school year. It was a cycle I came to expect year after year: Go to school for a few months--with a few nice vacation days during the school year--then be off for the summer. Things changed once I was in college as I had to work through the summer to pay the rest of the year's schooling. I still found time to work a lot and have fun nearly every evening. Who needed sleep back then? I was in my early 20's and filled with much more energy and stamina than I have now.
During a decade of my work years I was fortunate in being able to manage a touring show and be able to have my wife and kids along for the year long tour. It was a grand life where it was almost like being on vacation and working at the same time. We were getting paid to travel and had a job that was fun. This was a dream come true as far as I was concerned.
Even after I settled down and started a stationary job with somewhat regular work hours, I still was given opportunities to travel. The travel wasn't like the kind of vacation most people think of, but the trips were treks to visit family. That's the way it's always been for me. We try to do a few touristy type of things which makes the trips more vacation-like, but the real mission is to be with our loved ones.
Maybe one day our circumstance will change. Perhaps if we lived closer to family we could actually take vacations to destination places rather than going to be with people. Then again, I don't know whether people we want to spend time with will ever totally be out of the equation. Relationships are important to maintain if we can manage to do so.
Did you go on a vacation this past summer? Are your travel destinations where people you know are or are they more based on place? What is your dream vacation?