Friday, April 8, 2011

My minimal Vacation
It's Spring Break and I am ready to head off in search of adventure.  But were does a minimalist go?  With planes splitting open, fuel costs rising, and the government on the verge of shutting down?  Camping.  Well of a sort any how.  I was lucking enough to marry into a group of industrious peoples.  My grandfather in-law build a wonderful cabin in Floyd County Virginia.  There is nothing like the peace of sitting on the front porch of that cabin and looking out over the neighboring farms.  The acres surrounding the house are fantastic for farming and hiking.  It helps that the horse breeder and dairy farmer next door allow us to hike her fields as well, lending an extra 400 acres to our adventures.

From experience I must suggest not to traipse through a cow field after calfing time, or you are likely to be chased by a big angry matron cow protecting the new moms.  If we can't hike around the house we drive over to The Buffalo, a park down the road from Floyd.  It is a nice hike with amazing views of the surrounding area.  It offers a true "I can see my house from here" moment.

If you still have energy you couldn't do better than heading into Floyd proper and wondering down main street.  With dozens of adorable shops, restaurants, and the new art school there is an abundance of this to see, taste, and do.

Now I'm not saying everyone needs to vacation in Floyd County Virginia, but I think we should all strive to downsize our vacations.  You don't need to fly hours and hours off to some exotic tourist spot when there are beautiful treasures right in your own backyard, often in your own family.  So go visit Aunt Millie's tiny cottage or Grandma's historic bungalow.  They will be grateful you did, and you will learn something new about yourself.

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