Posts Tagged ‘travel destinations’

Ahhhh….retirement. It was a time I have looked forward to for many years and as the jump-off point moved closer, time seemed to slow exponentially until that last day of work. It has been only 3 weeks since that major day and so far…it has been very enjoyable. It has also been very busy. I have come to the conclusion that I need to slow things down a bit. I go to bed later, get up later and time and “what day it is” matters not one damned bit. I am now back on Indian time. Cyclic, not linear.  I enjoyed this when I worked on the reservation and I do like it now…
I do miss facets of the job I had. I worked as an addiction counselor for adjudicated youth and adult offenders in the corrections field. I have to say that one of the things I miss is the clients. I met many good people who had a substance problem that wound up doing time. I felt a connection with many of the men I met and worked with and if times had been different, we could of been friends. This type of work can be frustrating and the success rate is dismal, but when on rare occasion something clicked and changes were made, it was good. When I walked into the prison and was greeted with “good morning, Dave” and it was sincere, I felt like anything was possible.  I also had an understanding that (so I was told on numerous occasions) I was not all that therapeutic.  In fact, it was suggested that if a prison riot came to be, I would have been the one to instigate it.  It was made doubly clear with the nickname given me…Cob.  (Crusty old bastard).  I wore it with honor…
Now my days are filled with projects and chores. This also is good and challenging and fulfilling. I am slowly getting back into shape after sitting at a desk for years and those projects that had been on the back burner are prioritized and headed in the direction of completion.
My latest project has been restoring an older model (2000) slide in truck camper that I will test with a trip back to Maine in 3 weeks. So far, I have had to rebuild a rear corner as water had penetrated and rotted some of the infrastructure. Now, it is more solid than when it came off the factory floor 15 years ago. I also have on my travel list a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park for some R&R and maybe a journey down to New Mexico for some good Mexican food. And maybe another trip out to the Big Horns in Wyoming and then shoot up into the back country of Montana. Time will tell but the options are there.  Hmmm…where is that freaking fishing pole?



Addendum:  1 year later…Lost the illusion.

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It is time for a vacation. After a long, semi-warm South Dakota winter, I am on the early fringe of losing focus from normal life. So, I am beginning to plan for a brief sojourn from reality. Though there are many destination I would like to explore, time and money are the obstacles of a trip to the white sands of Tahiti or to the Great Wall of China, leaves me to decide on locations within the continental United States. 

First on my list is returning to Maine to visit with family and friends. Visiting there has many great benefits. A reconnection with those I love and a return to the Maine coast where the sea breeze fills the air with the fragrance of ocean salt where I can indulge in those foods that are extremely rare in the high plains. Lobster stew, lobster and butter, fried clams, B&M Baked Beans and my mother’s famous raspberry bars. I think I have gained a couple of pounds just thinking about these delicacies. There in Maine, I would be able to reconnect with the back woods which covers 90% of the state and where the Atlantic Ocean’s white foamed surf drums onto the smooth gray granite. Pine trees, Sugar Maples and the availability to pick fresh vegetables from a well tended gardens.

Maine: The Seasons



I can, with anticipation, dream of sitting around an aromatic and crackling wood fire, cold drink in hand and listening to all the stories of events I have missed this past year. To some of these stories, laughter will mix with the words, while others will bring back memories of those who leaves an empty seat around the fire. I will observe how those babes I sat and held last year will be walking, those who were walking will have grown taller and my friends will have more gray and less hair.

My other choices, which in reality, would only be chosen if going to Maine could not be successfully accomplished, would be returning to the mountains of Montana, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley of Virginia or the quiet peacefulness of Nova Scotia, which, by the way, is a short road trip from Maine.

Our lives are filled with the routine necessities of daily life. With our jobs, those daily mundane chores we need to do to feel responsible, shopping, ect., it’s a miracle that we have time plan any activity that is listed under daily survival, especially a vacation. But vacations can be a triple pleasure. When we sit and plan our upcoming adventure, the week before the trip that increases the anticipation for places unknown, or known, and the day we begin our holiday. It really does not matter if it is a short trip or one that is long. No matter the distance or the destination, we are shrouded in a feeling of escape from these routines of life. The excitement of the hunt, so to say.

There has been some recent studies that suggest that vacations and de-stressing go hand in hand. The studies concur that when we are in the throes of escapism, we are happier and this endorphin high increases the longevity of our life so we may take even more vacations. And then there will always be the memories.  Pristine beaches, high mountain meadows, good food, family and friends, taking that wrong turn and getting lost.  But what the hell, it is all part of the adventure.

Granted, with today’s economy in the gutter due to corporate greed and incompetent government bungling, how can you save enough to actually get away? Save for it..work a second job, sell those items you never use, sell the kids to Egypt, but do it. Take just a couple of days to get away from the self-imposed rat race and enjoy the freedom of the wind in your face. You will not be disappointed…  

And take some great eats with you….Tanka Bars

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