It had been 4 years since I had an actual vacation. You know the type where you plan, buy, pack and drive/fly and stay someplace other than your house. . This one ended up being a mixer of sorts.
After working at my current job for 2 years I finally had two week’s vacation and wanted to do something. It had to be very inexpensive too. My BFF mentioned she was heading to St. Louis for NAWIC’s National Convention I sent her an email saying I had a wild ass idea – what if I come? We discussed it and it wasn’t a good fit. Then she mentioned she had been thinking about signing up for the AIA GA Design in Athens Georgia in October. If I could figure out how to support her products with a-fab’s then I could participate at the show. That was plausible. What would we do from there? Could we take a couple of days to run over to my dad’s just over the South Carolina line? Thankfully my BFF and I are well versed in our respective family dynamics so that would be ok. What then? October, North Georgia well my BFF loves to hike and I could hang in a cabin and get my creativity on. Hmm a plan of sorts started to swirl.
My BFF has hiked several times in the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains so she started researching. There had to be a compromise because she and I have very different ideas of what vacation means. I need a roof over my head, walls, floor, electricity and a real bathroom. She doesn’t need any of that. After a lot of research she emailed me two different locations to choose from. One was Fontana Village and the other Amicalola State Park. Fontana was a few hours further north and would add time to our return drive. Amicalola had a lodge, rental cottages and camp sites. Well camp sites were automatically out but I liked the cottage idea. Further discussion and we both agreed on Amicalola, now to decide whether we stay at the lodge or in a cottage. BFF checked and only one cottage was available for the dates we wanted in October and this was June! We had to make a fast decision and boom it was booked.
|For you Bob Borson!|
Like with all fun events it seem to take forever to get here and then it is moving by fast. We had a great time at the show and my dad’s was actually ok too. Now here I sit in a cottage with the sun streaming through the windows listening to music while my BFF hikes today. I wrote this morning, practiced some yoga and meditation, walked around taking a lot of pictures, read outside, answered a few emails but only a few because reception is spotty, napped and am writing again.
This isn’t my element so I am trying to relax with all the different noises going on. It is a busy place with lots of people even for a Monday. I am hoping I do better tonight about relaxing to actually sleep.
But that is a minor inconvenience in the total picture. My BFF is getting to do something she loves and so am I. Isn’t that what vacation is all about?