When I posted to facebook about the icy/snowy/windy conditions of my travel, my aunt, with good intentions, said I should go somewhere warm. I totally understand what she is saying. My mom was saying something similar: “but do you have to do the trip in February?” That is the archetypical vacation, right? Go to a beach and relax. Read a fiction novel and get a tan.
In a word, escape.
I didn’t, and won’t, respond to my aunt. I am not trying to change anyone’s ideas about vacation. It can be for you whatever you want it to be.
This time around I wanted my vacation to be a challenge. Doing a road trip is already challenging. It requires sitting in a car for long periods of time, finding something to do with your mind that allows you not to be overwhelmed by boredom. Compounding on that some extreme weather and you are pretty much guaranteed some challenges.
One thing I have come to understand about myself is that I like challenges. I had fun preparing for the trip. I wanted to see how much I would be able to plan for, and how much would take me by surprise. I most definitely was surprised by the extremity of the weather. I have had to be extremely attentive while driving, because the ice and snow and wind have been very intense.
These things don’t bum me out though. I’m having fun. It’s just a different kind of trip. Life is all about challenges. I think vacation is just about navigating a new set of challenges.