Why Bother to Vacate?

Why Bother to Vacate?

It is that time of year again. The calendar has held this date for us since April when we first made our reservations. We are taking off on a summer vacation today, a yearly tradition we’ve held for several years. 

When our sons were young, our summer vacations centered around traveling to Nebraska to visit relatives or combining our oldest son’s soccer tournaments with a camping trip at a national park. These vacations were memorable and fun. They made family memories we can still share. Now though, with just my spouse and I, visiting relatives is not the primary focus and neither are soccer tournaments.  Instead, our vacations now focus on recreating in parts of Idaho we’ve never seen. 

For the Simple Fun 

Vacating our home, its comforts and regular routines in order to take a road requires commitment, communication, compromises and lots of planning. Yet even this part benefits us. 

First of all, we begin talking about our ideas for a summer trip soon after Christmas. Winter is the best time to begin batting ideas back and forth. Planning a summer trip during those long winter nights when we wonder if we’ll ever see the sun again, gives us something to look forward to. We pull out the maps and imagine where to explore next. Last winter, my husband mentioned the idea of exploring Mesa Falls, near the Teton Mountains, a majestic and favorite mountain range of ours. We made Mesa Falls our destination point.

Once the place to go was decided, we went about crafting our accommodations. Pitching a tent no longer holds favor with either of us, so we researched other ideas. We looked at teardrop campers, but decided the investment was too costly.  A pop up camper was another idea, but one that fit our budget could not be found. So, we settled on something we’ve never done before, reserving yurt. A little bit like tent camping except a whole lot more convenient. 

Though we will only be gone a few days, I know that even a few days away is enough to break our cycle of living and open us up to new experiences. We will create new memories, see new landscapes, and fill our unscheduled days with the things we like to do; kayaking, hiking and reading with intermittent naps. Even though we’ve planned as best we could, there will be a few unexpected surprises. But all in all, I am confident our little journey will unfold into adventurous fun.  

Why bother to vacate? Taking a vacation breaks up the regular cycle of life and opens up new experiences that broaden perspectives and deepen the bonds with the one(s) who are brave enough to journey with you. Happy trails. 

Why Bother With Fun?

Why Bother With Fun?

To say the least, I had fun this summer. Pleasure, enjoyment and delight were the results from the activities I chose to do. Backpacking in the Selkirk and hiking in the Sawtooth Mountains, are just two of the places where I invested some of my energy and found the return from my ventures, lasting. Recreating is one of  summertime’s presents to all of us and when we choose to recreate within our physical and monetary restraints, the results will have positive residual effects on our mental and physical wellness.  

Practical Fun

Recreating does not have to be expensive, or impractical. Rather it can be affordable and attainable if we stay within our monetary and physical means. Keeping our choice of sports and entertainment within our comfort zone makes whatever amount of playtime we have, much more enjoyable. Also, if it is kept within our financial and physical capabilities, we’ll likely return to it more often. Though I’ve imagined myself taking a hike on the famous El Camino de Santiago in Spain, so far, it is not a realistic adventure. Instead, I’ve found the trails closer to home more reachable and attainable. Some day I may take the same pilgrimage trekked by famous and holy saints, but in the meantime, I return to the waterfalls and vista views of high peaks in the Sawtooth Mountains on a regular basis. 

We live near more than one large body of water and enjoy these different lakes, mostly from the shoreline. At times, I catch myself coveting the luxury liners I spot streaming their way through the water and wonder what it would be like to own one. So far, I am still wondering. One summer though, my husband and I got out on the water when we borrowed a tandem kayak from some friends. We found out rather quickly that a tandem kayak would not be a good investment for us. It does not work for our personalities. One of us likes to keep the sport at a leisure pace, while the other half wants to cover great distances in a short amount of time. In a tandem kayak, you cannot paddle ahead. So, if you want to have fun while recreating with a partner, discovering sooner than later what works for the both of you, makes the venture all that much more relaxing. We are now on the lookout for a pair of kayaks. 

Part of keeping the fun in whatever choices you make to recreate, is discovering what fun means to you as a single or to you as a pair. Before investing in your next fun adventure, ask a few questions beforehand: Is it affordable? Is my body equipped with whatever it takes? Do I really want to do this? Then, looking back on the venture, do you sense the delight it brought? If not, don’t bother repeating it.

Why bother with fun? Finding what is fun for you is worth it because playing is for pleasure. Don’t make it anything else.