Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spin Cycle--Staycation

The concept of staying home and "vacationing" in your home town has been floating around for a while now.  This is a fine concept when you live in a big city.  Or close to a big city.  We, however do not.  Our town is about 30,000 people on a good day.  It is also a college town.  We don't have a mall.  We have a few museums associated with the university, but they are small. There's just not that much going on here to provide staycation activities. 
Oh, we have summer activities, and lots of outdoor opportunities, but one must be able to go outside to engage in said activities. Winter, the indoor options are rather more limited.
Nick and I have had sort of staycations.  Last Thanksgiving we stayed home and enjoyed the start of the holidays and over Christmas break we staycationed at home as well. But that was more just staying home with the occasional jaunt to the hills to cross counrty ski.  Not really what most think when you say staycation.
I will say Denver Colorado is about a three hour drive away and we have had mini vacations down there.  We keep meaning to plan more as there is a lot that Denver has to offer: Zoo (Bruiser has yet to visit the Zoo), Natural History and Science Museum and Imax, WaterWorld, Denver Aquarium, Elitches (a Six Flags Amusement park), Children's Museum, Butterfly Pavilion, the list goes on.  Granted, some of these are better visited in the summer, but we do need to plan a long weekend so we can go visit them.
It's times when the cabin fever hits that I wish our fair town had more indoor activities for kids, but the rest of the year our area is perfect--the outdoors call to us and we are easily seduced:

Yeah, for us the staycations are more camping holidays than staycations.  I'm not complaining.

For more on Staycations,  go see Gretchen and Ginny Marie, they would love to have you!

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  1. The photography on your camping trips looks amazing. I am way to scared to venture outside and sleep with the bugs. Give me a black and white tv, no coffee and no shower. Now that is roughing it enough for me.

  2. You live in such a beautiful place! Wow! Camping is so much fun, and it's been a while since we've gone. I read Sharon's comment, and I think you and me should drag her screaming into the wilderness, bugs and all! ;)

  3. That looks like a beautiful area Vandy! I love camping and any opportunity to do it I jump at the chance!

  4. When you live in a place as beautiful as you do, why would you ever want to leave? Your camping trips look like heaven!

  5. We fell in love with your part of the world during our 2008 visit. We spent an entire day just poking through the town, the shops in the older part of downtown and a luscious lunch at a bistro. Of course it was mid June so nice weather. And camping rocks!


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