It’s the vacation that defines the meaning of vacation for me. Our family went to a timeshare cottage in a small beach community on the Gulf Coast of Florida nearly every Summer. We only lived about an hour away down the coast, but the trip always took us to an entirely different world.
These trips were completely different than the times we visited places like Disney World, Sea World, and Cape Canaveral.
There was something special about the lack of activity and noise at the beach compared to the other, more touristy desitinations. Nothing but the sound of waves rolling in and crashing on on the shore. No roller coasters with excited screams. No crowds of people. Just the peace of nothingness.
I don’t even remember a TV in the cottage.
I’d fill my day with climbing the rocks, body surfing, and searching for shark’s teeth. Even stopping for a PB&J and some Hi-C for lunch on the porch was an interruption, especially when we had to take the time to lather up the sunscreen again.
It was a different time back then as it relates to electronics and the screens we bury ourselves in. Regardless, these times of disconnecting from the rest of the world were special, and refreshing times for me.
I miss that…
Best Vacation Stories
While the stereotypical summer vacation usually involves a cabin or a beach, the vacations most of us take are much less nostalgic and far more varied than that. Or even if there is a beach or a cabin, it’s not the one we see in movies or read in books. Some of the best vacations, in fact, don’t involve packing or traveling at all; they happen in the backyard or on the front porch. At The High Calling, we’re telling some of our best vacation stories, the ones where things didn’t turn out as expected, where plans changed and so did we.