Maybe Next Year

DSCN3647I was supposed to go to Las Vegas to visit with friends in a few weeks.  I was really excited about it as I only get to see this particular friend once or twice a year, as she lives in Pennsylvania, and I’m now in Arizona.  But then… one of our cats got sick, and after a really expensive trip to the emergency vet’s office, I realized I had to make some hard choices.

I also had planned to go to Alaska this year.  My husband and I have been talking about that trip for a few years, and we never seem to get around to planning it.  “Maybe next year” is the refrain.

For some reason, last weekend, I had a bit of a breakdown, and I realized that I couldn’t tolerate the thought of going someplace urban.  I work in Phoenix, and I’m tired of buildings and blacktop.  I want to see open stretches of natural stuff, be it trees or icebergs.

That’s when I realized that I couldn’t give up going to Alaska this year.  I couldn’t spend one more year putting this off.  I live in a suburban, quasi-rural area, and I have a backyard that’s an oasis.  But I need to get away and go somewhere with fewer people.  I need to recharge, and I just can’t do that at home.

The last time we’d been on a vacation was… November 2005.  We went to the Bahamas, and I lost my voice the day I got there, had to cancel snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins because I had such bad bronchitis (and no medication) that I couldn’t breathe.  We’ve been away on mini-trips for a few days, but this will be the first week that we’ve gone away together in a long time.  I couldn’t cancel it.

So in two weeks, when we were supposed to be in Vegas, we’ll be home, doing projects here, going to see the B-52s in concert, and probably ordering in.

And in a few months, we’ll be going to Alaska.

I’m tired of “maybe next year.”

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8 comments on “Maybe Next Year

  1. Way to go! Life is way to short to live “maybe next year”! Enjoy your trip sounds like you deserve it. Best Regards, Wendy http://wendybottrell.com UBC

  2. ruthhill74 says:

    I want to thank you for checking out my blog. I decided to reciprocate, and I found your post quite hear-rending. I hope and pray you can go to Alaska. No vactio since 2005? Yikes! It sounds like you’re due!

  3. I went to Alaska in September 2005 and it was the trip of a lifetime! We did a small-ship cruise and then flew to Anchorage for a land tour through Denali to Fairbanks. That time of year Denali is socked in so we didn’t see it – I’ll have to go back someday 🙂

  4. ramona says:

    Nice post! You can always come to Montana if you need long stretches of natural stuff!

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