Vacation – Time to Get Away

Vacation – Time to get away!! I love travelling and visiting different places. Growing up, and most of my adult life, we did not take family vacations often. Like, never. Since my marriage to hubby the last ten years, I have vacationed more in this time than all the other vacations added up.

Recently we took a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Beautiful little piece of the Earth scattered with lakes, mountains, picturesque golf courses (another blog on that to come later – you don’t want to miss those antics!), hot springs bubbling up from the ground and streaming down from the mountains. This has been by far one of my most favorite places to visit.

But this post isn’t really about where I vacationed. Nope, it’s about favorite and least favorite things we encounter on vacations. I’m sure you can relate to some of these. Chime in with your own comments.

Favorites on vacation

FOOD. Enough said. Well, okay, let’s elaborate. When on vacation I always try something native to the area whether it is seafood, BBQ, or anything in between. I couldn’t find anything in particular Hot Springs is famous for, so I ate everything in between. Oh, but I do give a shout out to Granny’s Kitchen for the best hot ham & cheese po-boy and fried okra.

SCENERY. I love the scene I am with. Earlier this year it was the beach (my absolute favorite!!). This trip I felt the warm breeze rolling off the lake as well as the crisp scent of piney woods. Hot Springs is a beautiful town. So much to see and take in. And more history there than I thought.

SCHEDULE. It’s vacation, baby. There is no schedule. Relax by the pool when you need a break from being a tourist. Traipse down the main strip with others. Climb mountains when you feel you have the energy. Chill outside a Hot Springs Bathhouse and people watch. Whatever you do, do it on your own schedule.

Least favorites on vacation

FOOD. Yeah, after a while, food fills your belly and you don’t want to look at it, smell it, or taste it. By the end of vacation, I am ready for some good home cooking. Did someone say deer roast?

SCHEDULE. My absolute least favorite is the schedule on the last day of vacation with hubby. No, it’s not what you think. It boils down to – I am tired and I need my sleep!!! Do we really have to get up so damn early and hit the road home? Is one freaking hour more of sleep going to put us that much later? UGH.

This post was meant to be written this morning when I was “in the moment” and starving for sleep. I knew if I didn’t write it then, it would not come out like my sleep deprived mind wanted it to. So yes, you have the toned down version. lol

But anyway, overall, vacations are a time to get away. I love them every time. And check back for some posts about some of the places I have visited.

What about you? Share some pics and thoughts on vacations you’ve experienced, or comment on vacations in general.

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

Saturday Sittin’

The squirrels running around trying to steal the bird’s feed; Oscar (my lovable, spoiled cat) crouched down, ears back, and eyes focused on the prey that he will never tangle with. Yes, he’s dumped a few birds at the back door, but never a squirrel. Water droplets sliding down the (wine) glass, tempting you to take another drink to cool off your taste buds.  — This is Saturday Sittin’ in the South.

Saturday is the day for shopping, reading, visiting, and of course, Saturday Sittin’ on the back porch. Here in the South, we love the outdoors. Yes, some of us even love it when it’s almost 100 degrees HOT outside.

Pour yourself a glass of cool white wine (Pinot Grigio is today’s recommendation), grab a book, and head outside to enjoy a bit of nature’s love.  A beach romance would be a nice place to start. Put yourself in the white, sugary sands of Orange Beach. Close your eyes briefly and hear the waves crashing along the shoreline. Take a deep breath and inhale the salty air. Go ahead, give it a try. Then open Smoke and Mirrors and go on an adventure with Abby and Graeme. Their friends are awesome and Tucker’s is the best beach bar ever!

Enjoy your Saturday Sittin’

Taylor