It’s the same each year. I’m going along at a good pace for writing, making progress on various projects, and have numerous story ideas. I can’t wait to finish one project and begin a new one. I live breathe, and think about writing—even in my sleep.
And then it happens. Call it writer’s block, mental exhaustion, or perhaps it just coincides with summer, but the enthusiasm for writing is gone. I struggle to think of ideas or to transfer the ones in my head to the computer. I don’t want to think about writing, let alone write. In fact this year there were a few times when I wondered if I even wanted to be a writer.
So, what did I do? I took a vacation.
To be honest, my husband and I planned this trip several months ago. We made Virginia our home base, staying in the home of relatives. We had our own personal tour guide of Washington, DC. We both love history and were excited to see many historical sights.
In DC, we visited the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials. We went to Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. We also went to Ford’s Theater and saw the place where John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln.
We made an overnight trip to Gettysburg, PA where we toured the Gettysburg Battlefield. (We also visited Manassas, Virginia, sight of the 1st and 2nd Battles of Bull Run.)
While in Pennsylvania, we visited the Amish Country in Lancaster County. I can’t help but admire these people for their simple lifestyles, although I do enjoy the conveniences of twenty-first century life.
We toured several of the Smithsonian Museums including Natural History, American History, Air and Space, as well as the hanger at Dulles Airport. Among the items we saw were Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, a life vest from the Titanic, the Hope Diamond, and the Star Spangled Banner. At the National Archives we saw the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We also visited the Holocaust Museum, which was very sobering.
We spent a lot of time at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. One of the highlights for me was seeing the now retired space shuttle, Discovery. We saw many historical planes including Chuck Yeager’s Bell X1, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, an Air France Concorde (I always wanted to fly on one), and The Wright Brother’s plane. Apollo 11 was also on display as well as John Glenn’s Mercury spacecraft.
Including our home state of Texas, we visited or passed through eight states in eleven days and traveled almost 3500 miles. Needless to say we returned home, I was physically exhausted!
It’s taken a few weeks to recover from our travels, but life has settled back into a routine. And yes, I’m writing again.
What about you? Have you taken a vacation this summer? Do you have plans for any family activities? Please share in the comments.