My husband and I just got back from a vacation at Lake Siskiyou, tent camping for 2 nights, then to the Redwoods for 3 nights and after that attending our oldest grand daughter’s wedding. It is
always nice to get away for a break from the routine of everyday life and do something different and fun. The first segment of our trip we went tent camping and supported our friends doing a triathlon. Then we left for Alliance Redwood Conference Grounds in Occidental, CA. Just before we arrived at the conference grounds we stopped at Wild Flour Bread Bakery and loaded up on homemade bread for the week. Their bread is to die for.
After arriving at the camp, we took a car ride to the ocean and checked out the bike routes we were thinking of riding. One was 27 miles long and pretty steep and our friends decided that would be to much of a challenge for them at this point in their training. My husband and I understood and we decided we would attempt it the following day while our friends did the zip line that we had already done two years ago. After our adventures we met at the pool and relaxed before dinner, both feeling like we had accomplished something great for the day. The following day we took a nice 14 mile bike ride along the Russian River and enjoyed the little shops dispersed along the way.
The next day our friends continued down the coast and we came home, repacked, and the next morning headed in the opposite direction to attend our grand daughter’s wedding. Twenty two years ago, we were there when she was born and it is so hard to believe how fast the hears have gone by. She has grown into a beautiful young woman and her husband seems perfectly matched for her. The wedding was performed at a winery and we had a wonderful day. The bride had everything so organized and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The young people, and a few older people, (not us), danced until 10:00 when the bride and groom left for their honeymoon. The young people seemed to have an abundance of energy while the older adults were feeling the effects of the long day.
We arrived home today and I am trying to adjust to the realities of everyday life again. There is something about getting away that gives me a chance to step back and evaluate what is really important in life. On my day-to-day routine, I become so focused on work that I forget to stop and smell the roses. Life is short and the older I get the shorter life seems. We are born, grow up, get married, have kids, they grow up, they have kids, our parents pass on and the cycle continues until we are gone and the next generation repeats what we have just lived. It is like Ecclesiastes says, “There is a time to be born and there is a time to die.”
This vacation has been good and it has been another special time to build memories with friends and family. Something that cannot be taken away from me. I look forward to my final “Getting Away” when I go to heaven and oh what a glorious day that will be. I will be spending an eternity with my Savior, friends and loved ones, enjoying them forever. Getting away is always something I look forward to.
Vickie Parker, LMFT