Sometimes you just have to escape the marathon of life.
I spent last week at Orange Beach, AL with six people I met back in my college days. Want proof?
I've been really fortunate to be able to travel as much as I do. Not only do I make an conscious effort to save money so that I can take trips, but I've also been lucky to have a lot of great opportunities to have free places to stay or fun people to travel with somewhere.
When Stephanie invited me on this trip months ago, I had NO idea how much fun I'd end up having. I knew I always enjoyed hanging out with this group of people and that I was glad to be getting to know them all better this year, but still... sometimes it's when you go on a trip with people that you really bond.
There was lots of sleeping in and then lounging around in swimsuits on the beach or by the pool. We had excellent weather, and I actually came home with some tan lines. (I don't tan, really, but it's nice to have some evidence of sun even if I'm the only one who can tell any difference.)
We had some excellent meals in the evenings and checked out the infamous Flora-Bama bar two nights in a row. We laughed, we talked, and it was good.
I tried a few new things on the trip. In particular, we all went parasailing! I'd never been, and quite honestly I'm kind of afraid of heights. But I always thought this would be fun to do, and boy was I right! Once I got over the initial shock of how high we were, it was really quite pleasant.
I also got a little adventurous with food, trying fish tacos out at dinner one night. I've only started caring for fish in the past couple of years, and this was the first time I attempted fish on a taco. I can't say it's something I want to eat often, but it was nice to try it somewhere where I knew the fish was fresh. I also sampled some sushi off of friends' plates one night. I've never tried sushi, mostly because I've never had anyone who could guide me in figuring out what's good and what's not. I was pleased with what I tried and will be getting more adventurous in this area soon.
All in all, it was another excellent vacation. That's actually the understatement of the year, but I'm sure you all know how it is with group trips. You have a blast, but you can't really explain to anyone who wasn't there what exactly made it so much fun.
Next trip on the list? Chicago in 15 days! The race isn't until that Sunday, but I'll be heading up early on Wednesday. I am SO excited!