Goshen News, Goshen, IN


March 4, 2012

Time to plan spring vacation, California perhaps?


Over the past few weeks my husband and I have started to talk about our annual spring vacation. Each year about this time, we haphazardly decide that we’re going to pack up and visit somewhere, but neither of us can decide where we want to go until it’s almost time to get in the car. We’re pathetic, last-minute travelers like that. He’ll say he’s ready to go, but waits on me to tell him where. I don’t like the pressure of picking, so we banter back and forth for weeks before finally deciding to go.

I’ll excitedly hop online and start canvasing Google Maps for interesting places, grabbing flights for two, hotel rooms and a car before finding out that the cheapest flight to Katmai National Park in Alaska to watch grizzly bears will cost more than $9,000. Then I scale back and start considering a short trip to Indianapolis or Grand Rapids. History says that when given a choice to go big or go home, I stay put.

We have a guaranteed vacation spot in Bonita Springs, Fla., where my mother winters, but we’re the nomadic kind. I have yet to find a spot that has captivated me so much that I never, ever want to visit anywhere else. There is so much of this big, wide country I haven’t seen that I hate to limit myself to just Florida, which was the vacation place of my youth.

Tod and I have become extremely fond of a few places, including St. George, Utah, which has the most beautiful country I’ve seen to date, Gatlinburg, Tenn., as well as southern Arizona, with its arid climate — completely devoid of any humidity at all — has me now boycotting the southeastern states for good.

We have friends in Missouri, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and Kansas, but who wants to impose? Fish, like vacationing friends, starts to smell after three days or so I hear.

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