It’s been several months since I first posted about our “small trip” vacation planning. The plans went through a few iterations, temporarily settling on Cape Cod… then veering south after seeing hotel prices in that region. Eventually, we decided on a multi-stop driving trip focusing on Williamsburg, Shenandoah National Park, and Gettysburg: Hence, “The ‘Burgs.” Or, possibly “The Beers.”
Yesterday, we returned from our most recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. It was something like our fifth time going, and while still enjoyable overall, it was fraught with difficulties. Unfortunately, my difficulties. Still more unfortunate is the fact that I may not be able to do anything about them… but it’s long past time to try.
Our final couple of days saw their highs and lows, to be sure. Overall, this turned out to be the retail vacation. We returned with lots of “stuff,” as well as the usual memories.
Four or five years ago, Gina and I took our first vacation together, to Williamsburg, Virginia, where my parents loaned us their timeshare for a week. We’re here for a mere half a week this time—our fourth (perhaps fifth?) return trip—but back in the same location as the timeshare for the first time. Our trip, however, really started much closer to home.
Hotel reservations are made, flights have been arranged, ship boarding passes are printed, and we are ready for Seattle and Alaska … although we still have that little Williamsburg trip in about a month. With that one relatively easy to plan, we’ve been contemplating what shore excursions we might be interested in taking.
Generally speaking, Gina and I take two “vacations” in a year, and maybe a couple of smaller trips. Obviously, we like traveling, and we feel very lucky to be able to do so. Unlike Gina, I also like the process of researching and planning our trips. It works out well, but this year, it’s been a little trickier than normal.
No post yesterday, as I out-slept Gina by a mile. Today, we head back home, probably via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (only adds a half hour or so, and it’s an infinitely more scenic drive). Nothing left to do but sum everything up on this early Tuesday morn!
And, not far in, we’re greeted by more sheep. There seem to be a whole lot of sheep in Williamsburg … and we wouldn’t have it any other way. These were exceptionally cute, and when they brought out (what at least appeared to be) a bundle of hay for them to snack on, the guy to the right let out a little bleat and went running. Nice.
Just got back from the reasonably palatable hotel breakfast, and we’re gearing up for what was the general point of this trip: Busch Gardens! This is my 40th birthday trip, and I wanted to act like a kid and go to an amusement part … Busch Gardens has always been one of my favorites. I plan to ride the Loch Ness Monster at least once for each decade of life. Weather forecast isn’t great, but I’m fortified with eggs and Froot Loops, and nothing can stop me now!
So here we are, already Friday, and it kinda feels like we’ve hardly started our vacation … yet we’re about halfway through!
Sure, we have our tickets to everything already. Sure, we’ve had some lovely dinners and some good times with my parents (who are in the area till Sunday). Sure, I’ve been showered with birthday gifts. But we haven’t really gone to Colonial Williamsburg yet, nor have we gone to Busch Gardens.