|Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Lake Superior shoreline|
We've never indulged in expensive vacations. Mostly because we ain't never had the money to do so ;) As the years have rolled by, I find that it's not only the money that defines our vacation plans. I have very little desire for the exotic and foreign destinations that seem to be the preference of most people. I think I could probably vacation within the borders of Michigan for the rest of my life and never yearn for anything more. Let's say, for the sake of argument, I actually left my home state? The United States of America, that's next on my list. Seriously, the absolute dream vacation? An RV and enough time (and $$) to tour the entire country. From California to the New York Island, from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf stream waters. Maine to the Keys. Everywhere in between. Appalachia, Ozarks, the Rockies. The Mississippi River on an old fashioned river boat. Mt. Rushmore, Washington DC...the possibilities are endless!
Have I mentioned Hawaii and Alaska? That's almost foreign!
I'm not big on air travel either. I love a car ride. I love stopping for breakfast and back on the road as the sun rises and then looking for a town with a hotel and a good restaurant for the night.
As the world has become more complicated and less friendly, I've turned even more toward the U.S.A. I look for Michigan-made products and I think it's important to keep our economy going. The way I see it, vacations on domestic soil are investments in our own prosperity.
Am I fundamentally opposed to cruises or foreign vacations? Absolutely not. I'm not even saying you'll never see me broadening my own horizons. My mom and sister took a dream trip to Italy last year. I loved that! I mean, I loved them going. I loved that they had a dream and they fulfilled it, together. I am amazed and fascinated at the pictures and at the history they saw first hand. I mean, to stand where the Apostle Paul stood! Zowie!
Jay and I talk about going to England someday. It just might happen. Ireland looks gorgeous and lush and green (three of my favorite things in a country.) France? Well, I got no interest in France. God bless their hearts.
There is, for sure, a great big beautiful world...God's amazing creation...out there for our pleasure. I'm often advised that I'm missing out on some amazing experiences and that's probably true.
But I'm a simple girl. I'm so simple that when I stand on the shore of Lake Michigan I cry; every single time. I take pride in Michigan cherries and apples as though I personally tend the orchards that grow them. When I'm having a bad day (or week or month or year,) I always always want to get on I-94 and drive west across the state to just soak in the wonderfulnesss. Give me an Egg McMuffin and a McDonald's coffee, point me toward Up North and I'll never give a second thought to an umbrella drink served on a perfect ocean beachfront.
Naturally, now, we must know...
What's your vacation philosophy?
Maybe I'm just such a homebody that even on vacation, I long for home.