My traditional two-week break in the summer has always felt essential for me to retain my sanity and sense of humor during the rest of the year. While one week of vacation is good, two weeks gives me time to wind down, refresh, relax and recharge.
This year felt more luxurious because we had a week “off” while the kids attended overnight camp. A week where we didn’t have to worry about where the kids were, what they were doing, or how they were going to get there. A week that ended with us “escaping” for a grown ups only vacation on our own.
Looking back, here were the highlights:
We went swimming – We are not beach people. Until last week when we spent 4+ hours every day hanging out on a beach on Hilton Head. The water was warm (86? 88?), the sand was smooth, and the weather was perfect.
I bought a hat – My straw hat from the grocery store is ridiculous. And I loved wearing it very single day.
We rode bikes – There is really only one way to get around Hilton Head – by bicycle. The bikes are big, have one speed, and use foot brakes (like a child’s bike). While the saddle was a bit “chafey,” I became attached to my bicycle and am dying to get something similar (maybe with a little more style and a few more speeds).
I discovered key lime pie – I have never liked key lime pie. Don’t ask me why, it just wasn’t my thing. Until I tried the pie from Market Street Cafe. Homemade and heavenly, we went back just for dessert. And pitas. Our friend said he’d be happy if he could order pitas and pie crust.
I read Game of Thrones – Looking at the first book in the series, Steve asked me if I was reading the dictionary. I consumed the second during our vacation because my idea of getting away is reading.
I went running – I ran to coffee. I ran through the Sea Pines Forest Reserve. I ran down the beach. Not only is running so much more enjoyable when the terrain is flat, but it also allowed me to lounge guilt free the rest of the day.
We visited Savannah – We walked the squares, saw where Forrest Gump at with his box of chocolate and where “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” was filmed. We ate at the Pink House, drank on a roof top, and bought half-price jewelry. We also visited our Escape hotel – it’s beautiful!
I checked my e-mail – I did. I admit it. But with my recent promotion and all the work we had going on, I didn’t feel comfortable completely disconnecting. But for the most part I stayed quiet, just watching what was going on and answering questions when needed.
Through out the week we laughed. And ate. And drank. And shopped.
It was almost hard to believe we had another week of vacation scheduled!