My Mini-vacation!

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 Last week my daughter and I were lucky enough to visit my husband at his job-site in Hyannis on Cape Cod.  This wasn’t a first visit to the Cape, however, we hadn’t been there in many years.  We drove there on Tuesday afternoon and arrived shortly before dinner-time.  After going to a wonderful Mexican restaurant that we had no problems with when we ordered meals sans cheese, sour cream and meat we went to bed and woke up a sunny day Wednesday morning.

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Since I am an absolute beast if I don’t eat in the morning,  we had some bananas and oranges and then went for a hike at the Massachusetts Audubon Long Pasture Sanctuary located in Hyannis.  We hiked most of the trails, and it was like being in the middle of nowhere.  Even though there were indeed houses close by in some areas, because of the trees and undergrowth we felt like we were the only people in the world.  And, we got to walk along the beach and see the ocean.  Heavenly!

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After a quick change at the hotel, we then proceeded to Green Lotus Café in Hyannis for a much-needed lunch.  We had sandwiches, I had the E(eggplant)LT and my daughter had the Sandwich in the RAW, which were both vegan and delicious, along with a peanut-butter and chocolate smoothie that we shared.

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We then went to Provincetown, which although it was nice,it was also somewhat of a disappointment since most of the stores were closed.  One in particular which was open was Monty’s.  I bought a wine glass for my son’s girlfriend who was taking care of the animals for us.  If you find yourself in Provincetown, make sure you check out Monty’s, since they’ve got a little bit of everything.  I could have left with a huge shopping bag just stuffed with wonderful things, but my head prevailed!

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After that we went to the National Seashore and hiked along the bike trail there which was built in the dunes back in the 1960’s.  It was just gorgeous, and a great ending to our day in Provincetown.

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Thursday began with lots of wind and some rain, so we skipped the hiking and went to the Cape Cod Mall where we visited the books at Barnes and Noble.  We sipped our veganized Starbucks coffee, looked at all the books and did indeed buy some.  My daughter found herself a new shirt at one of the many stores, and we had lunch with my husband at the food court.  Afterward we went back to the hotel and read until dinnertime.  Not an exciting day, but the rain was pretty relentless.

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Then, we drove home on Friday.  It was a wonderful little mini-vacation that we needed.  My husband is trying to get us to go back, but I’ve got my coaching course and my daughter starts up with her college classes again this week.  It was a great time, and I feel that we did a lot in just a few days.  My favorite?  The hiking.  I love spending time with nature.  There is nothing like it!

Trying New Things

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Everything changes. That must be a truism or something. Anyway, I’ve been trying new things lately. On Sunday, my daughter and I hiked a new (to us) wooded trail on the Air Line Trail. We were surprised, since it was shorter than we thought, but we compensated for that by hiking along some trails that went through the woods down to the river and then back up. Our dog was beyond thrilled with all the new sights and smells. It was a peaceful time spent in nature.

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Another new thing I’m trying is some fitness workouts with Fitness Blender. No, I’m not getting paid to promote them, I just wanted a change. Their YouTube is full of lots of different workouts, so no boredom there. It’s also kicking my butt, which to tell you the truth is exactly what I needed.

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The point of this is that doing the same thing day after day really is not good for us. Apparently there are benefits to our brains when we try something new. All I know is, after our walk through the woods, I felt really energized. It was something that I would never have tried on my own, since we went down paths that were not really maintained and if I’d been alone I would have worried that I’d get lost. Seriously, I can get lost in my closet. I have no sense of direction and can get turned around quite easily.

I’ve included some links about why trying new things is good for us. Have you tried something new recently? Comment below, I’d like to see what others are up to.

http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-06-01/do-something-new-the-science-of-embarrassment/

http://www.brainhq.com/why-brainhq/brain-training-your-way/12-benefits-of-brain-fitness/trying-new-things

 

Life is a Journey

My daughter came home last night after spending two-and-a-half weeks with her friend in Lithuania. I’m so glad that she was able to go. It was her first time on an airplane and her first time leaving the U.S.  She had a great time and it was a fabulous experience.

This got me to thinking. Most of the U.S. population never leaves our country. Many of us never leave our region of the country. This is too sad. So many people work “part-time” and don’t even get a vacation, much less the opportunity to travel.  Money is a huge issue also.  It’s hard to make ends meet, much less pay for a vacation.  I too, haven’t been able to go on an actual vacation for many many years.  Bills always seem to come first.

While I was thinking about this, I was also thinking that there are many other things that I could do for out and abouting. This is a new expression I just came up with, isn’t it great? I’ve got hiking trails all around me that I haven’t walked yet. There are some not too expensive places to go and see in my state that I haven’t visited. So, what to do? I think that this fall, I will try to get “out and abouting” more often. There is so much to do and see, and as usual, little time before the snow flies. How about you? Do you have any ideas for someone short on cash, but with wanderlust running through their veins?

Pushing Yourself (Physically and Mentally)

     Right now I’m reading the book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it, but it’s an account of her trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. While reading this, it made me wonder if I’ve ever done anything that is that physically challenging. The only things I can think of were when I repeatedly carried sheet-rock up three floors when we were renovating the three family house that we used to own.

      For a long time I wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail but no one wanted to go with me, and I didn’t feel confident enough to do it on my own. Part of my transformation is to get to the place where I’m confident to do things by myself. There are any number of things that I haven’t done that I would like to, but I have no one to do them with. I am hoping to overcome this by becoming more self-confident by setting goals and reaching them.

      How have you pushed yourself, either physically or mentally?