Here are some things I learned on my recent trip to Sea Ranch for Spring Break....
- Don’t hike in flip flops. Especially on "cliffy" terrain or down concrete, very steep and highly eroded steps. Especially if you plan on talking and taking photos at the same time. Unless you don’t mind breaking your foot on the first day of your vacation.
- Bring plenty of good food and wine when vacationing with friends. There truly can never be enough.
3. Group cooking can be fun - even if only participating from a chair located somewhat close to the kitchen, but not so close that you trip anyone with your aggressively sized boot or crutches.
4. Kids really don’t need anything to entertain them. They can make games out of spaghetti noodles, sticks on the beach or a jar of bubbles.
5. Its always nice to unplug. Even if its only because you don’t get reception at all in your remote vacation rental.
6. The pacific coast sunsets never get boring. Like, literally, never. Not even when its foggy. Or not foggy.
7. Letting a pack of young kids say one swear word at dinner time as the evening entertainment is both hilarious and harder for them then you might think. Which, ironically, says something about your parenting. In a good way.
8 Its not terrible to break your foot and have to recline and rest for 5+ days.
9. Just because your finally getting over your fears about travel doesn’t mean something crazy won’t happen. And it doesn’t mean you have to freak out in the future. At least I don’t think it does. Does it?
10. You don’t have to be a photographer to capture a beautiful moment. Anyone can take a photo in your mind (or your iPhone if you don’t agree with number 5) and capture something amazing that you can keep with you forever.
But, it also doesn't hurt to have a photographer on your trip with you. Just make sure she is watching where she's walking, not taking pictures and talking to strangers when she should be focused on somewhat deadly terrain.
Or you might just end up with some souvenirs for your trip home. And after...according to my orthopedic specialist. Long after.