Back by popular demand . . . Ok, not really. But it’s back! Miscellaneous Monday!
Today the topic is –Your 3 favorite vacations. Three is the random number I chose for Miscellaneous Monday topics. But if you only have 2 or you must tell about 4, that’s OK.
My 3 favorite vacations during adulthood–
1. My honeymoon. We spent almost a week in the Smoky Mountains. We had our own cabin in the woods. The whole thing felt so removed from real life — no worries, no responsibilities, just complete relaxation and joy. I was so elated to be married to Patrick, and the whole honeymoon vacation just felt like a dream.
2. Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 2000, Patrick had to go to Montego Bay for business for two weeks! He wanted me to come along for the first week. So Grammy and Grandad and Aunt Diana and Aunt Barbara all chipped in to watch the girls, who were so little back then, and we flew off to Jamaica. I was in the early weeks of pregnancy (with Caleb), and this vacation was perfect. We stayed at a quiet gated hotel. It was not a fancy, commercial, all-inclusive resort — which would be fun under different circumstances. Our balcony overlooked the ocean. Every morning, Patrick would get up and get ready for work, and I would lie in bed as long as possible. Then I would get up and be sick. Then the waiter would bring our breakfast to our balcony. I sat on the balcony in my white robe eating a delicious breakfast, looking out at the ocean.
After breakfast, Patrick would go with his co-worker and their driver to the office where they were working, and I would put on my bathing suit, grab a book, and head to the pool. I would sit by the pool and read, then maybe swim a little bit, then sit by the ocean and read, then go back up to the pool to read. Before lunch, I’d go up and change into real clothes, then I’d have lunch at the hotel restaurant.
After lunch, it rained every day. Stormed, really. And the electricity would go out for a while. It was the perfect time to nap! So I’d nap for a couple hours.
Then I’d get showered and ready for dinner so that when Patrick returned, we could go out to a restaurant for dinner. We ate at the most interesting places. One night, we had fondue on this creaky old boat. At one time, in the distant past, it was one of THE places to eat in Montego Bay, as the autographed pictures of famous people on the wall attested to. I’ll just say those days were long gone. 🙂 But it was an experience.
Anyway, it was the most relaxing week of my life. I read like 7 books. And I cannot explain just how wonderful that breakfast on the balcony experience was every morning.
3. Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Though we gave up our Chincoteague vacation in 2005, God allowed us to go in 2006. We stayed in this amazing house that had everything we needed while we were there. That house was perfect! The backyard had a screened in gazebo, where we had a picnic one evening. There was a covered sandbox for the children. The grill was enough to make me want to start grunting and cooking with fire! The shed had beach umbrellas and toys and everything we could ever imagine needing. There were board games and toys and videos, which came in handy on a couple rainy days. Even cooking in the giant kitchen seemed like more fun than work!
We loved the beach and the lighthouse and the birds and animals over on Assateague. We loved trying to catch glimpses of the wild ponies. We really loved the quiet small-town feel of the island. And we enjoyed trying out all three ice cream places on Chincoteague.
The children had an excellent time. We made some wonderful memories. Everyone behaved better; we were all more cheerful; we enjoyed each other. It was just a dream vacation! (And because we went in early June, it was still off-peak season and the rates on the house were cheaper. We rented that huge house, which sleeps ten, for a whole week for less than a thousand dollars. We ate almost all our meals there. We did eat at a local pizza place one evening. And, of course, we splurged for ice cream three times.)
Some day, we want to go back.
So, how about you? What are your 3 favorite vacations?