Trip vs. Travel

Frank and I just returned from a quick trip to Santa Barbara over the weekend. We left Bea with Grandma and Grandpa, and since it’s tax season and Frank can only take one two-day weekend in the next three months, we flew in at 10:30 on Saturday and left at 2:30 on Sunday. It was fast but rejuvenating.

The weather was perfect: mid-70’s and we arrived just in time to change and drive our rented Mustang convertible to the courthouse, where the wedding ceremony was. We had a few hours between the ceremony and reception, so we headed back to our inn, which was a block from the beach. We walked to the wharf and found a tasting room, overlooking the ocean. We were able to taste some of the local wines and then headed back to the reception. After dinner and a bit of dancing, we had some time (and were kid-free!) so found a bar near the hotel and chatted over one last gin and tonic and Glenlivet.

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View while wine tasting

The next morning, we walked downtown to meet Frank’s family and to herd the kids toward the beach so they could run, splash, and fly a kite. After packing up, we had lunch overlooking the harbor, sipping local rosé and pinot noir before heading back to Denver.

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Lunchtime view of the harbor

We reflected that, even though it was fast, it was such a refreshing time to be together. We also wondered about the last time we traveled. Since Bea was born, we’ve taken trips to see family, to explore favorite National Parks, to get out in nature, but we haven’t had the sense of adventure, of the new. I think the last time we traveled – the last time we truly explored – was our safari in southern Africa, the summer before we had Bea. I had forgotten how soul-filling, how exciting it is to explore and discover brand new places.

This year, we celebrate our 5th anniversary and were thinking we should return to Yellowstone, where we honeymooned. After this excursion, I’m wondering if we need to find a place neither of us have been and do some exploring together.

Where do you feel rejuvenated? Where do you think we should go – Yellowstone or somewhere new?

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8 thoughts on “Trip vs. Travel

  1. I’m still looking for that special place. I’m hoping to get a chance to take a little getaway to Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama and experience the beauty and fun of that place. How wonderful for you to have this getaway. I think you should go wherever you and hubby will enjoy. Have a great week.

  2. I’m loving your blog Annie! on the travel note… I vote for somewhere new for your anniversary! I always feel refreshed in a way that is incomparable when I go somewhere new and explore for the first time. Sharing that with your mate is an even better experience. Making new memories in a new place is the best!

  3. Somewhere new. With a few exceptions, like Chicago, Mexican resorts, and Breckenridge, I don’t want to revisit a place I’ve been no matter how much I liked it. There are too many alluring places to spend my precious vacation time where I’ve already been. But that’s just me 🙂

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