Not long ago the term ‘staycation’ was coined.
It means to stay in your general location for short day trips or mini vacations.
Planes are never involved or are passports or large pieces of luggage.
It means staying close to home and spending less money and more time on the recreation activity and less time traveling afar.
For anyone on the West Coast it means a trip to the beach. The Pacific Ocean is within 3 hours of almost everyone on the West side of Washington, Oregon, or California. A perfect place for a ‘staycation’!
The beach is great for surfing, walking, beach combing, rock climbing and a great starting point for day hikes up into the hills.
It takes us just over an hour to get to Long Beach Washington from where we live. We spent the day on the Discovery Trail. It is a ribbon of paving the runs along the shore of the Pacific from Illwaco to North Long Beach. It has just recently been completed and makes for a wonderful day ride along a stunning patch of coast.
Rock climbing for older children is a must…it is also a must not watch for mothers.
Even husbands get in on the rock climbing business…but I drew the line when the 3 year old wanted to follow daddy!
We have decided as a family to take fewer long, elaborate, and expensive vacations and do more close to home. We are going to make an effort to take advantage of the natural wonders that are in our own area…there are so many!
Somehow I think we’re all going to be OK with that!
So what about you? Do you stick close to home when you go on vacation? Or do you head out for a week or two…destination anywhere but here?