Posts Tagged ‘vacation’

Time for a Vacation?!

June 14, 2017

Now that summer is upon us and we’re knee deep into vacation season, this post (courtesy of OnlineHealth) is for all of you workaholics out there (yes, I’m probably one of them as well) to give you some pointers on how to get away from work and relax when on vacation.  Good luck!



Time to Get Away?

August 13, 2016

Happy Friday!   Hey!  Summer is drawing to a close, have you had or have you scheduled your summer vacation?  There’s still time.  Unfortunately, there are far too many people who are “vacation-deprived.”  Here is an excellent (and startling) infographic (courtesy of to help illustrate this point.


On the Road Again . . . !

July 25, 2013

Historic-66So, how is your summer progressing?  Have you been able to get away for a vacation yet?  If so, congratulations!  If not, then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!  Of course with gas prices ever in flux, you may think that you can’t afford to take a road trip, but I would hazard to guess that there are plenty of interesting destinations within a reasonable driving distance so that you won’t have to put off getting away for a little rest and relaxation.

And, if you’re having trouble deciding, here is the Rand McNally “Best of the Road” website which has collected 285 different road trips from around the nation.  Still undecided and in need of more motivation?  Then how about a dose of some Willie Nelson . . .  and let’s get “On the Road Again.”  Just do it!

Time For Vacation?

June 13, 2013

Now that school is out, the family vacation/summer travel season should be in full swing.  Where are you planning to go this year?  My list includes San Diego (June), Chicago and the Great Lakes area(July/August), and the Grand Canyon (September).

If however, you have not yet decided and are still open to suggestions, here is a list of the 21 best U.S. vacations (according to U.S. News & World Reports). And, if you’d like to read about “why” these are great destinations, check out the full article here.

1. Yellowstone
2. New York City
3. Washington, D.C.
4. San Diego
5. San Francisco
6. Yosemite
7. Maui
8. Honolulu-Oahu
9. U.S. Virgin Islands
10. Chicago
11. Orlando-Walt Disney World
12. Las Vegas
13. New Orleans
14. Seattle
15. Anchorage
16. Napa Valley
17. Sedona
18. Miami Beach
19. Charleston
20. Savannah
21. Puerto Rico

Back Home Again!

October 26, 2011

Returning from a vacation has always been a double-edged sword . . . on the one edge you are probably ready to be back home, but on the other edge, are you really ready to go back to work?  Sometimes I am, sometimes I’m not.  But the bottom line is that I do return to work . . . refreshed and energized from having taken a break from the routine.  It is an amazing phenomenon, and one that I don’t always take advantage of, but I’m working to correct that by taking more vacations in the future (as required).

Stratigraphy 101!

June 22, 2011

Today marks the beginning of a series of posts on the Grand Canyon to help “psyche me up” in preparation for my vacation there this year.  Our plan: drive to the South Rim, take the shuttle around to the North Rim, hike down the North Rim (halfway the first day . . . camping under the stars), get to the bottom, spend a few days at the bottom taking advantage of some exploratory day hikes, then hike out the South Rim before slowing working our way back to Tulsa.  It’s going to be awesome!   Here is a wonderful chart that shows all of the “layers” of the Grand Canyon (click on the image for a larger view).

Need a Vacation?

September 22, 2010

Then have a laugh . . . according to Milton Berle, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”  It doesn’t cost you a thing and you don’t have to pack or travel anywhere.   If this is true, I have a vacation multiple times each day (and I’m not charged a vacation day either).

To go along with the “laughter is the best medicine” theme, here is a list of health benefits that have been attributed to laughter:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood.
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
  • Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells.
  • Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores.
  • Improve alertness, creativity, and memory.

Read more about these benefits here

Let’s all take more vacations during the day!

Next Trip?

September 11, 2010

Summer is barely over and already I’m planning my vacations for 2011 (as well as a couple more trips yet in 2010).  I’m a firm believer that you should always be working on (or thinking about) your next vacation — it gives you something to anticipate.  Whether it is a quick weekend getaway or a full-fledged week (or two week) excursion is not important.  I’ve read several articles (here’s a recent one) over the years that extol the importance of taking and/or using your vacation time.  It’s good to get away from work and recharge your batteries from time to time.  So why do so many people refuse to use their vacation time?  Economic reasons?  Because they just love their jobs?  Perhaps you may just love your job even more if you were able to get away from it more regularly (this is becoming my plan).  So, what are you waiting for?  Let’s get out there and plan your next vacation (I have).  My plans for 2011 (so far) . . . a Grand Canyon hike, a Summer film festival, a couple of conferences, and a Hawaiian cruise.   Bon voyage!   Here’s a link to a larger version of the below graphic (courtesy of

The Final Day!

August 1, 2010

. . . of the Traverse City Film Festival.  And what a festival it has been!  But with the ending of the festival, it means that my vacation in Michigan is also coming to an end.  It has been absolutely wonderful: the weather has been moderate and not nearly as hot as Oklahoma; the food has been fantastic; the art, music, culture, and natural beauty have been everywhere in abundance; and the visiting with family has been marvelous . . . there’s nothing better! 

“Life is short, be exceptional!”

The heat wave seems to be continuing in Oklahoma, so I am not really looking forward to my return, but alas, return I must.  As I prepare to hit the road, here are a few cynical definitions for this upcoming trek!  (From my Cynic’s Dictionary, of course — and in retrospect, these would probably have been more appropriate for my drive north as opposed to my return trip.)

“What’s only glamorous in retrospect.”  (Paul Theroux)
“The process of journeying thousands of miles away from people to avoid them, and then sending a card saying ‘wishing you were here’.” (E.C. McKenzie)

“What you take when you can’t take any more of what you’ve been taking.” (Adeline Ainsworth)

“America’s last surviving form of guerilla warfare.” (Gene Perret)

Summer Lake Towns!

July 13, 2010

Here is a list of gorgeous Summer lake towns (courtesy of Budget Travel) . . . and, my hometown lake  (Lake Leelanau) made the list!  Here’s the link to the full article. 

Grand Marais, Minn., on Lake Superior
Forest Grove, Ore., near Hagg Lake
Chelan, Wash., on Lake Chelan
Dillon, Colo., on Lake Dillon
Leland, Mich., on Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau (the stomping grounds of my youth!)
Oakland, Md., on Deep Creek Lake
Rangeley, Maine, on Rangeley Lakes
Truckee, Calif., on Donner Lake

We had a Lake Leelanau address as well as a  cabin (right on the lake) for our summer visitors.  My brothers and I took many a dip in the lake to rinse off the sweat of the day’s labors in the field.  It was paradise.  Every time I return home for a visit, I’m reminded of the beauty that I opted to leave over 28 years ago.  Of course, having family in the area guarantees a return visit from time to time.  I will be making the trek home later this summer for an annual infusion of beauty, peace, rest, relaxation, and some really fine wines — did I mention that the “sweat of our day’s labors” were in the fields of the Boskydel Vineyard?  The good old family winery and vineyards.  The picture above is a view of Lake Leelanau from the parking lot of the winery — the picture does not do the view justice . . . it is much better in person.