Our Staycation

So what is a Staycation, you ask? Well, instead of vacating the home and traveling away for fun (vacation), you stay at home and do fun stuff not too far from home! With the economy like it is, that is what we did!

I had Friday off so we headed down to the Brazos River in Mineral Wells (1-1/2 hour drive) and took a 10 mile/5 hour canoe ride. We rented one canoe, one 2 person kayak, and one 1 person kayak. The kayaks were light weight and easy to maneuver, but boy, to they require alot of upper body strength. (Which I do NOT have!) I ended up in the canoe for the most part.

The day was cool starting out, with a light breeze, and we zipped right along. The sun shone bright and we had lovely red tail hawks flying overhead, with the occasional buzzard hogging the airways. (shiver…nasty creatures)
We stopped several times along the way to swim, search for shells (the boys did no searching, just my daughter. I am sure they would want that clarified!), eat a picnic, and also do a little rock climbing.
We were all tuckered out by the end of the ride, and I soon learned I must have either arthritis or carpel tunnel in my hands/wrists! I was nearly in tears with the pain in my hands by the time we got home. Growing old…not for the wimpy.
Then today, Saturday, we went to the Kimbell and Amon Carter Museums, ate at Pei Wei at the old Montgomery Ward Plaza, shopped at Barnes & Noble in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth (I didn’t buy anything, can you believe it???), then saw Angels and Demons at the Palace.
I came home happily tired and so thankful for some fun time with my family. I love to tuck away the memories for future smiles.
What are some of your favorite vacations or staycations?

10 responses to “Our Staycation”

  1. Looks like you all had fun. πŸ™‚ Our vacation this year will be to travel to Idaho, where my husbands little brother is getting married. I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family.


  2. What a nice day to have with your family! πŸ™‚
    We have a river nearby so summertime is always fun.
    Ewww, buzzards make me shiver too. Yuck.
    I hope your hands feel better today!


  3. Oh, that looks way fun!! Makes me want to go canoing! The fun staycations…. boating/jetskiing on the Mississippi (we live right by it)with friends and sandbar hoping. Wow, I haven't done that since high school. One of my best friends parents had a house on the river and boats and all that. We did it all summer! So fun!


  4. Lynnette, it's nice when you can combine family and vacations like that. We did that one year going to Indiana for a wedding. Good times!

    Jessica, so do you spend a lot of time in the river? Do you live in the country, away from the city? And yes, my hands are better. At least I can type now!!!

    Katie, I have never jetskied, but it looks like sooo much fun! How cool to have friends who give us fun times and good memories!


  5. That looks like a blast!!!! My kids aren't old enough to go on that kind of vacation yet (I shutter at the thought of my 3 year old in a canoe!) but it will be fun when they are older!

    Well, my “mommycation” starts on MOnday. Kiddos, all three of them, are going to Grandma and Grandpa's house in NC and staying for TWO WEEKS! Although, we'll be there the final weekend of the two weeks to pick them up, which is the part that is “vacation.” We don't do anything wildly outragous when we go, just hang with the family, eat a lot of food, that sort of thing:-)

    All our money for a VACATION this year, Scott and I are hording greedily. We're going to ACFW in Denver then staying an extra 3 days. (our 10th anniv is the week after so this is a combination trip!) We are SOOOOoo So excited about it!


  6. Oh Sherrinda! What a fun couple of days!!! I saw the pictures over on Facebook and so I'm glad you did a blog post to explain! What a precious couple of days with wonderful memories! I love the idea of staying close to home and doing a couple of fun day trips. Sometimes we put too much stock in the big shee-bang vacations, when really the important thing is being together and making memories!


  7. Krista! Two whole weeks by yourself with your hubby???? I cannot imagine that. Seriously, how wonderful to get some time to yourself. I suppose you are going to write, write, write! πŸ™‚ And…good luck on your weight loss during that weekend of eating!!!! LOL…I haven't started my “diet” yet, because of the staycation, but I am today and have decided to start exercising too. Sigh…what a pain!


  8. Jody, we have never done a staycation and I thought it was so much fun! We have so many things around here that we have never done before and it was soooo nice to sleep in our own beds! The kids really seemed to enjoy the time together and that made it really special (teens having fun with the parents???lol) I will say though, I someday want to take my whole family to Disney World. I have never been and so want to!!!!


  9. How absolutely wonderful to stay home and still go on a vacation. Looks like you've had a lot of fun!


  10. Lady Glamis, we had never done a “staycation” before, but thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm sure will do it again sometime!


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