“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Having just come back from a week on the beach, vacation is definitely on my mind. This vacation was all about family, being together and enjoying each other's company. Leaving the heat of the desert behind and spending a week on the beach where we had to wear sweaters at night was definitely a treat. It was also a chance to see a new place and rekindle that photography spark that seems to fade this time of year. I could spend endless amounts of time finding new ways to photograph the beach and everything I find there.
I was delighted to find that one of my favorite photographic subjects, flowers, were blooming everywhere! After a hot summer, there is next to nothing blooming in the desert so it was a real treat to have some flowers to photograph.
But as wonderful as it was, it's always good to get back home.
When my kids were young, returning from our annual beach vacation meant days of unpacking, laundry and cleaning the sand out of the car. Now, returning home means sleeping in my own bed and getting back to my usual routines again. Eating in restaurants is great but I'm always glad to return to my usual (if somewhat boring) eating habits. I suppose that means I'm getting old!
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home
and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
How about you? What is your favorite thing about travel? Do you love to go and hate to come back or do you enjoy the return to routine when you come home? Where have you traveled to this summer? Share some shots in our Flickr gallery of your adventures and if your travel photography included some barns, be sure to tag them in the gallery for In Focus consideration. I'd love to see them. That way I can travel vicariously with you and still sleep in my own bed!
Don't forget you can still participate in Linda's linky party until September 2. We are all having such a great time guessing the ends of everyone's stories! Why not join in with the fun?