Hello! I'm taking a break from posting about my Spring Vacation which I took way back in April (yeah, when you only do one travel post a week, it takes a long time to get through a week's vacation of photos and stories to share), to share pictures and stories of our Staycation. Have you ever heard of the term Staycation before? It's when you take a vacation from work, but you stay home and do things locally. Well last year we took three long distance vacations: Missouri, New Hampshire/Vermont, and Florida; then we just took a road trip to Tennessee in April, and we are currently planning a big trip to New Mexico in the fall, Soooooo, when my daughter and son-in-law came home for a visit this week, we decided to take time off of work, but just stay home and have some fun locally: a Staycation!
We have a week of activity planned, but we started our Staycation with a two day camping trip to a local state park. The name of the park is Willow River State Park, and it is less than two hours from our house. It has a beautiful river and waterfall in the park.
The falls have a 200 foot drop into a gorgeous gorge with a bridge right in front of it for easy viewing. It's not a falls you can swim in, especially this time of year when it is very strong and swelling due to too much rainfall, but you can walk on the rocks and feel the cool mist and also find a shallow spot here and there to dip your feet in.
adventurous hikes in New Hampshire National Parks, we really enjoyed hiking on a level paved surface again. Here is picture of my son-in-law and daughter enjoying a beautiful morning stroll:
We camped three days and two nights. We had really nice weather except for one night when it started to rain at 6:00 p.m. We brought ponchos and Jason bought an umbrella with him, but other than our two sleeping tents, we had no other protection from the rain. So we sat in our lawn chairs, in the pouring rain, in front of the fire: which, for some reason, still burned and did not go out.
After three hours of sitting in the rain, we started to get a bit cold and the rain seemed to be getting heavier so we called it a night and went into our tents. Believe it or not, but I still had internet access on my I Phone, so I played with my phone for about an hour, while we talked and sang hymns. The wind's really started to pick up and our tent started to 'suck in and out', and then water started dripping in, and we started to hear eerie sounds like branches breaking, and things flying about, and I started to get scared. So I decided to just put some ear plugs in and fall asleep (because you know if you can't hear anything and the covers are over your head…your perfectly safe…right? LOL!) , and right when I was just getting comfy the Park Rangers drove by with their loud speaker on screaming 'Strong wind advisory warning! Everyone evacuate to the restrooms!'. So out we climbed out of our warm tent and we made the hike to public restrooms only to find one other couple there. Out of all the campers, only two families were obedient to the Park Rangers.
I had my I Phone with me so I checked the weather and it said it was going to storm all night. We all looked at each other and said 'I don't want to stand inside the bathroom all night!', so we just decided to go back to our campground and go back to bed'. The winds eventually died down, and we fell asleep. The next morning it was beautiful and sunny, the bird's were singing, but of course, everything was soaking wet. Our tent even leaked a little and one sleeping bag got very wet. The roads were littered with the flying debris from the night before. But we managed to get a fire going with the wet wood and some charcoal we brought along, and we had another delicious breakfast with hot coffee and chuckled about the night before and how we 'made memories' camping in the rain.
How about you? Our you having any Staycations this summer, or are you taking a traditional vacation away from home? I'd love to hear about your vacations.
Have a great day! Amy