If you’re a regular visitor to my blog or have read my bio, you know I love to travel. I’ve really been racking up the miles this year. In February, my DH and I visited Japan–he for business and me for pleasure. Poor boy, he always gets the short end of the stick when that happens.
In April I was off to Chicago for the Romantic Times Convention. Our family went to Hawaii for a glorious week in May. Then in July, I headed to California for RWA Nationals.
Of course, when I travel for writing, I usually end up seeing only the inside of the hotel and whatever scenery I pass on the way to and from the airport. I was within spitting distance of Disney Land in Anaheim and never made it to the happiest place on earth. But that’s ok. Travel is still one of my favorite things. I love the opportunity to meet new people and learn about how they live.
Next week, I’m packing my bags again. This time the trip is to visit family back in Missouri. My parents, our oldest daughter and one of my sisters and her family live in the Ozarks. We can’t wait to see them. Aside from the fun of being with my fam, the Ozarks are a beautiful area of the country.
It’s a land of rolling hills and the lush Mark Twain National Forest. There are springs and lakes and the many caves make it a spelunker’s heaven. My family lives about 80 miles from Branson–a big entertainment capital in the Midwest. They don’t feature just country music either. Last time my DH and I were there we saw a Cirque du Soleil style performance and an indoor arena horse show.
Because it’s been so dry there this summer, it won’t look as lush as the photo above. We’re expecting brown grass and stressed trees. But we’re still looking forward to the trip. For one thing, we get to visit our house for a while too. When we moved to Boston, we kept the house in Missouri in the hope that eventually we’ll return. It’s so peaceful and quiet, you can hear the cows tearing grass in the pasture behind our place.
So now it’s your turn. Have you done any traveling this year? Bear in mind that a day trip to a fun place near your home counts!