Heading into our third summer in Washington, I dreaming of a week in the sand with my family. I want a nice room, possibly with a view, some sunshine, and SEVEN uninterrupted days with my husband and my daughters.
I want this.
Chances are … it ain’t happening.
See, the thing with submarines is their schedules are … let’s say … unpredictable. And they are classified. Double whammy. Add in all the training that has to take place between patrols, and you’ve got yourself a three-strikes-and-you’re-out situation.
Some spouses will tell you they plan vacations regardless of their sailor’s schedule, which is GREAT if that’s okay with both of you, but for me … well … it just isn’t. Don’t get me wrong! We don’t just sit home moping for months at a time while he’s gone, but if there’s a single shred of a chance that he will be home, I want to be in the general area. However, since I have no idea when those single chances will be this summer, well … my vacation planning stalled a bit lately.
But if you know me at all, you know down is not out, and stalled isn’t the end! SO I have a new game plan for the summer. Instead of planning a week’s worth of sand and sun, I am planning mini-adventures, and I’m making a list (anyone shocked by that?) of fun day trips or weekend getaways that the girls and I can either enjoy with Josh if he’s home or head out on our own if he isn’t.
The hunt is on for off-the-wall, can’t-just-do-THAT-everyday experiences …
So far our plans will include a giant hedge maze, a beach hike to a hole in the wall, and possibly a trip to a rain forest. I’m sure the list will grow as the summer progresses, and I’ll share as much as I can here.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a little Mary Sunshine, but not so much as to believe my mini-adventures are equal to my week-in-the-sand dreams, but they are what might fit into the schedule for all of us. And really I guess the most important part of my dream vacation is the “my husband and my daughters” part, right? I would love to see some sand, but I trade it all for a few days with my family all together again!