As a child, I was fortunate to vacation almost every year. If it wasn’t a trek to grandma’s house in Idaho then it was a trip to Walt Disney world, New York City or the ocean. But now that I’m married to a farmer and a cattleman, vacations have become must more sporadic.
During our first few years of marriage, we had the pleasure of traveling across the country for Farm Bureau meetings and commitments. Now we’re off duty so vacations are on our own dime and schedule. With Derek busy 365 days a year, finding time to get away is tricky. But, we found a few days to relax before the chaos of Christmas and calving season.
For five days, our farm family of three enjoyed the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean – more specifically, the Gulf of Mexico. We took a chance on flying with a one year old, but he did great. (Travel tip for anyone flying with a toddler – buy them their own seat and take their carseat – they will think it’s just another car ride – with some pretty neat views.)
The beach was a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of home and the pool quickly became Evan’s favorite hang out – the ocean was just a tad cold for his taste. For an always-on-the-go farm boy from Kansas, Derek also did a great job of relaxing, unwinding and soaking up the rays. Although he should be a pro, we’ve been fortunate enough to be at the ocean three out of the last four winters.
The irony of the trip came when everyone started telling us how great the sunsets were. So we stayed on the beach one evening hoping for a show only to realize the “remarkable” sunsets where full of colors and patterns we enjoy almost daily in Kansas.
By day five we were ready to be back home and it was great to see familiar faces – and the cows – but for the short time we were in sunny Florida, we had a blast.