Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beach Girl or a Mountain Mamma?


I used to think that vacation meant going to the beach. Maybe because I live east of the Mississippi and can actually drive to the ocean. And there are terrific lakes close by as well all with wonderful beaches.


Something about water is so relaxing, the waves the endless stretch of sandy beaches for walking and riding bikes, the sun setting/rising over the water. And the food! Nothing is more delish than fresh-caught fish!

And if you actually do the fishing that just doubles the pleasure of catching your dinner! If you boat that adds to the pleasure even more. Getting out on the water feels like an escape from the everyday grind of work and schedules. The roar of the motorboats is a fast getaway or the flap of the sails or dip of the paddles for a more relaxing adventure.

At one time I couldn’t imagine a vacation without going to the water. And then I discovered the mountains!

Wow, talk about escape. Heading into the mountains is escape on steroids! There is nothing like a hike in the woods to get away from it all. The tress, the animals, the feeling of leaving it all behind and going for long hike.

I think the quiet is what impresses me most about the mountains. No cars, no motors, few people and when you do meet up with someone it’s just a nod of greeting then you are back on your own again.

And then there’s the camping. Nothing is more solitary and offers the feeling of getting away than camping. No running water electricity, TV. Just you and a campfire. There is something totally mesmerizing about a fire in the woods and cooking your food over it.


So what about you? Are you a Beach Girl or a Mountain Mamma when it comes to vacation? If you could pack your bags right now...where would you go?

9 comments:

Topazshell said...

I am a Beach Girl. I would like to become a Mountain Mamma. There is one problem. I have a fear of heights. Enjoyed reading your post.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love both, but your post made me want to hightail it to the Mountains. We had one memorable trip on the train through the Canadian rockies. We went through at night and were able to sit int he observation car. It was wonderful, but also winter - so I didn't think about camping. But now ...

Thanks for a great post, Duffy!

XO

MJ

Mary Louise said...

Definitely a Beach Girl. I love to see and hear the crashing of the waves, it's soothing. Camping, not so much. I don't live outdoors.

Nicole said...

I'm a beach girl, but not a crowded touristy type of beach girl, more of a secluded hideaway type a beach girl. :-)

Debbie S said...

I admit it, I can't choose, I love them both and I would go to either.

Margaret said...

I like a little bit of everything. I like to take adavantage of what eash state has to offer. I know many people like to sit, relax and sleep in on vacation; but if I am going to go away from home, I like to be busy and see and do everything.
When I want to just sit, relax and read I stay home in the back yard by the pool. I have always had the attitude; "I may never come this way again so I want to see it all."
And I have had so many wonderful experiences all over this country I could not imagin missing them.

Lynn in Texas said...

I enjoy them both and that's one reason I'd love to go back to Jamaica, for the best of both worlds!

Robert Giddings said...

Upper Penninsula Michigan offers both. Porcupine Mts. mountains by the loosest definition, do offer quiet solitude, camping and hiking. Several waterfalls grace the region. Beaches of the Great Lakes are only a few miles away.

I personally am a water person. The Great Lakes offer so many opportunities. I've been fortunate enough to have sailed aboard tall ships, fishing charters etc.

However, I would like to vacation aboard the train that explores several national parks out west, and also the trans Canadian rail trip.

Robert Giddings said...

Upper Penninsula Michigan offers both. Porcupine Mts. mountains by the loosest definition, do offer quiet solitude, camping and hiking. Several waterfalls grace the region. Beaches of the Great Lakes are only a few miles away.

I personally am a water person. The Great Lakes offer so many opportunities. I've been fortunate enough to have sailed aboard tall ships, fishing charters etc.

However, I would like to vacation aboard the train that explores several national parks out west, and also the trans Canadian rail trip.