After nearly 24 days of sunshine, family fun and birthday celebrations we are packing our bags and heading back to real life in Seattle. Our trips back to our hometown have become a much needed part of our transient lifestyle. When you’ve bounced around as much as we have, reconnecting with our roots is a critical part of maintaining our emotional wholeness. I am a child of the sun, anyone who’s met me can attest that I am passionate about my upbringing and the people and places that it was comprised of. Living on the total opposite side of the country as I currently do, I travel home less and less each year but I have gotten smarter and more efficient about how I plan those trips.
The first week of our vacation was spent on a remote island just north of Boca Grande. The island is only accessible by a ferry and once safely on the other side of the inter-coastal, no cars are allowed on the resort. Golf carts were our preferred method of transportation when we weren’t hoofing it up the beach to search for turtles and other creatures. The island has spotty internet connection at best and after a week of shelling, patio drinking and lounging I honestly didn’t miss it. Our biggest concern was whether to start our day on the beach or by the pool. We landed at a 50/50 split. It was a lovely week of family and sun at a snails pace.
It was the perfect way to begin our lengthy stay in the sun. We quickly adapted to island time and the attitude stayed with us for the rest of the trip. I successfully attempted to pack in an entire summers worth of activity into 24 days. We’ve visited and stayed with almost all of our very large extended family. Like most proper southern families we’ve got a lot of cousins! We’ve been to the aquarium, the zoo, Legoland, the beach, the park, the pool, and beyond. We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday, my son’s 5th and my 36th with friends and family. I visited all of my favorite boutiques and restaurants in addition to finding a few new ones. It was a remarkable vacation, one that we will not soon forget. It reminds me how lucky we are to be able to travel as far and as often as we do, and to share it with the amazing family that we belong to.