|Posted on June 7, 2018 at 7:50 AM|
A similar post of "Rest, Relax, Renew" appeared in June 2016 for Mackinac Island on the Totally Fit 4 Life website. All work and photos are my own. All rights reserved.
Pictured above: Roanoke Light Station, Roanoke Island, NC
Some of you saw my recent post on social media that said we were going on vacation. My hubby and I looked at each other and decided we needed a sanity break. So, we put our bags into a trusty van and hit the road. In other words, we needed to escape the crazy pace of daily life. My laptop rarely came out except to work on a magazine article on deadline. That's exactly what we did. We went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina to relax. Our lives tend to be hectic between the two of us. This time it was our anniversary trip. When life gets overwhelming, it's important to take a sanity break even if only a few hours. Rest and relaxation are very important for our health. If we don't take the time to rest, we can make ourselves sick.
Vacations don’t need to be expensive at all. Most of what we did was free, with the exception of hotel stays, gasoline, food, and entrance to one historic place. Not bad!
On our way to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, we stopped in Williamsburg, Virginia to step back into colonial time. We thought it appropriate for Memorial Day week to learn about American history and what makes our country great. Since it cost a crazy amount of money to have the official tour, we opted to do the self-guided tour. The recreation of the colony of Williamsburg is absolutely stunning. The Governor of the time had a palace because that colony was loyal to the Queen of England. We walked about 4 miles! Good exercise. We also packed our own healthy lunch.
Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
At the Outer Banks, we enjoyed a free tour of Kill Devil Hills where Orville and Wilbur Wright tested the fly-ability of the first airplane on the sand dunes in the steady winds. Lots of walking! What amazed me was the openness of the space and the distances they flew for the very first time. It must have been difficult for them to carry the plane back up the sand dune just to start over again. We also enjoyed seeing three lighthouses, including the one on Roanoke Island, Bodie Island, and Cape Hattaras. We hadn’t bargained for the outstretched arm of Hurricane Alberto into North Carolina. We found ourselves constantly driving ahead of the storm only to be caught in a torrential downpour a couple of times. It was a fun, interesting adventure without pressing deadlines.
Since the storm put a bit of a damper on our beach time, we headed North to get out from under the storms. We followed historic road signs we spotted along the highway to Appomattox Court House where General Lee surrendered to General Grant. "Court House" at that time meant county seat, or capitol of the county. "Courthouse" was the physical building of county government offices. The actual signing of the documents occurred in the McLean home, not the Courthouse. Boy, did I get a whole new view of that segment of history! This town was just part of the preservation of a pivotal point in America’s history. A driving tour and walking path were included. Since it is all a part of a national park system, everything we saw there was free.
Our last stop, the only place we needed to pay for admission, was Jamestown. We were impressed with the well-done recreation of the early colony from the 1600’s. An interesting discovery of the original Jamestown on the island of Jamestown, Virginia was made in the more recent past. As archeologists make new discoveries, changes, additions, and corrections are made in the recreated fort settlement, ships, and Powhatan village. Well worth the price!
Appomattoxx Court House, McLean House
What really made our trip special was the fact that we spent time together exploring. This was our annual anniversary trip. Our time together having fun on our adventurous vacations helps build a stronger bond which the daily grind in our normal day-to-day living does not. I enjoyed seeing the stress melt away into a smile on my hubby’s face. We walked holding hands talking about the different places we visited while we reminisced about our wedding day. Never regret the time nor money spent on strengthening family bonds while forging the memories during your time away. Take the advice from a former work-a-holic: Go away on the vacation. Make memories. Build stronger relationships. It is well worth the price!
For Discussion: What are your vacation plans this summer? How can you and your family work in healthy eating and exercise without compromising the value of getting away?
May God bless you!