Hubby and I have been starting a debate. We’ve been thinking about going on a real vacation…well maybe not what some people would consider a real vacation but what we would. We have never been gone for more than 6 days. That was to Washington D.C. when the kids were there for National History Day. Other than that, we go for a day or two, that’s it.
This summer it’s our 30th anniversary so we’ve been thinking about something more than a couple days. We are mostly home bodies so any time away is an event for us. This time around Hubby said -how about five days away just you and me.
We have friends who go to Cancun, Dominican Republic and other tropical places. They are always trying to get us to go..but for me, going to some inclusive place and spending the week drinking, isn’t a definition of fun. Try as they might, their descriptions of the places sound like torture to me. I don’t like swimming. I like sunshine but not SUN. I don’t like water. I don’t like long plane rides. I don’t like being “trapped” in one place. I don’t like days of alcohol. I have no desire to para sail-scuba dive or anything like that. I have no desire to dress up and eat fancy. I have no desire to leave the country unless one day I go to Sweden or Ireland. Sweden because that’s where my grand parents came from and Ireland…it just looks wonderful to me. Each time, I’d want to go with Hubby only.
Being we take so little time off the time away I want Hubby for myself…call me greedy, but I don’t see him enough or spend enough time with him. I want him all to myself….Hubby, he’d tell you pretty much the same thing. We want to go by ourselves.
Our vacation idea is more like…jump in the car. Drive for awhile until we see and antique sign and stop. Jump back in the car again…stop at a quilt shop or something that looks intriguing. When it’s lunch time, stop at some little greasy spoon spot that the guy at the gas station suggested. Making our way little town by little town to a destination we’d love to see like Mount Rushmore, Gettysburg or someplace else education would make us both really happy. Vacation to us is meant to be spending time together just doing lots of little things.
Years ago Hubby and I went to San Diego. I was going for a educational conference. Hubby came a few days earlier with me and we hung out. We never went to the zoo. One of our favorite things was riding the commuter train down to the Mexican border. We saw real people who lived there get on and off. We saw the towns and the landscape. We had fun with that. We found our way to a couple quilt shops and while I shopped Hubby walked around town browsing and meeting people. We loved that.
So we are debating where to go and what to do. We’re thinking we’ll just jump in the car and go…but we want a final destination. The debate is where to though. I told him I’d be happy with a trip to Whittles Fabrics. He said he’d be happy if we went to his old boss’ place in South Dakota. Sadly their both in opposite directions.
I feel a little like that Jodee Messina song… Heads Carolina, Tails California. Only Carolina and California don’t make sense unless we’re taking a plane and that’s not really our plan.
Anybody have any good suggestions of things to see in the Midwest? We’d love to hear your suggestions. We’d love to take in several different things…great restaurants, historic places, Mississippi River cruise, quilt shops, antique stops…anything that sounds like we might like it please, oh please suggest away!!