For the longest time, I just wanted to see the world.
The runway was right next to the beach, so I could tie down my Cessna 140, take my kitchen strainer, and unearth hundreds of shark’s teeth in the surf.
Working on flight licenses, there never is money leftover for vacations. But, when life is one big vacation it doesn’t seem so bad. Then reality set in.
I was married to a man who could spend every cent we earned. Expensive hobbies like salt water fish tanks and radio controlled airplanes and sailing and gliding took everything. I wasn’t as angry as I should have been – I just wanted him to be happy.
NO, I wasn’t the happiness guru…I just hoped he would figure it out – that things don’t make you happy – happiness comes from inside yourself. Oprah‘s Lifeclass: The Tour, stressed that big time, as do all the major gurus of our times.
When we divorced, things changed. I started saving money for vacations. One of my first vacations with my daughter was out to Cannon Beach, Oregon with old friends, Lyle and Marge.
On the DC10, I flew to Hawaii for the first time.
We actually had money to travel. And travel we did:
England, Scotland, Canada, Florida, Caribbean cruises and driving trips around the United States.
Yes, our kids were spoiled, according to their friends and cousins.
But we had so much fun wherever we were – home or away. Well, most of the time…
As much as I love home, I have to agree with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations: the world is always a little better when you can walk in someone else’s shoes.
Besides, what else are you going to do during the cold winters of eastern Oregon unless you travel?
Yes, life is still just one, big vacation and getting there has been half the fun!