Good grief! It can be so ridiculously difficult to unwind!  Not sure if it’s that way for everyone, but it most definitely is for me and for G.

We always recall a specific hiking trip… so excited to get into the wilderness!  We were almost frantic to get out of town, so we hurriedly tossed way too much into the backpacks.  We slogged through monsoon mud with all that weight on our backs, determined to go relax.  So soggy… couldn’t get a fire to light, climbed into the tent exhausted, but at least we had arrived. The next morning found us all alone beside a mountain lake watching a couple of adorable beavers working on their dam, crisp air and sunshine, wildflowers, fish hitting the surface of the water.  And the two of us, working feverishly trying to figure out our new gadgets… G with his GPS and I with my altimeter.  We had our miniature text books, and we were plowing into the effort as if we had to build the Eiffel Tower that very afternoon.  We were totally stressed out, and literally had to coach ourselves to put the things down and enjoy the view!

We laugh about that day, and we remind ourselves of it when we are supposed to be chilling out, but haven’t yet mastered the mood.  We like lists of things to accomplish.  We seem to thrive on trying to make things happen.  But just as much, we love to clear our minds, stare at the ocean, gaze at the stars, waltz to Moon River… it just means the shifting of gears.

And so we found ourselves in January, heading off to the airport, winging our way to a ship, off to a grand voyage of South America.  Clients on the phone with G up until the very last moment hammering out details.  Not much sleep for me the night before as I thought about that jalapeno dip I had forgotten to toss out… a monumental problem at 3 in the morning.

To wake up on a cruise ship, trying to figure out if you want to take ballroom dancing lessons, or go for a class on camera settings, and then deciding which cathedral to visit… with the looming question of the day… chocolate mousse or creme brulee… it does take a little doing to settle into this fantasy world.  What a fortunate girl!  I find, that with just a little bit of practice, I can handle this kind of pressure!

I’m looking forward to sharing photos and stories with you in the coming days.  I hope you’ll enjoy the journey!


5 Responses to “Unwind”

  1. Pam says:

    I wait with anticipation like I do my favorite author upon the announcement of a release of a new book! Can’t wait to read all about it and see your pictures and, as I’ve said before, live vicariously through you when it comes to your wonderful vacations! Welcome home!

  2. Marcea Clive says:

    Anxious to see all your pictures and hear about your adventures.

  3. KIm Mann says:

    Can’t wait!

  4. Gary FIelds says:

    I have not mastered ‘switching gears’ and need MORE practice! 🙂

  5. Betty Williamson says:

    It is, indeed, very hard to do that…glad you had a chance to give relaxation a workout! Also glad you are back. You were missed.

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