Labor Day Stay-cation

3 Sep

Every year I tell myself I’m going to be one of those vacationers that escapes on Labor Day Weekend. A traveler that takes an airplane ride, or most likely a drive to an adventurous or laid-back destination, which may possibly lead to a Griswold Family type of vacation, but at least that would be an adventure. I’d like any kind of adventure any destination that’s not the inflatable pool in the patio.

Did this happen?

No. No put your seat backs. No put your tray tables in their full upright position. No securely fastening your seat belts and making sure your carry-on luggage is stowed underneath the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin. No, none of that. But at least no hostile customer service agents. No lost luggage. And no angry passengers because they can’t smoke on the plane. No Griswold Family adventure.

So what did I do instead?

A Labor Day Stay-cation.

Something that required unleaded fuel and a twenty mile radius.

Whenever you’re on a budget and need a vacation, you seek a destination that will bring you a little peace, fun, and relaxation at the same time the beach is the destination for you. It’s a cheap date, that shows you a good time.

 

Unfortunately the masses crowding the beach also felt like having a stay-cation.

However we were able to find a nice spot.

 

 

We built sand castles.

 

 

We destroyed sand castles.

 

 

We played sports.

 

 

We forgot our volleyball so we watched other people play sports too.

 

 

We people watched … and then I wondered when the last time was that I laid back and relaxed like this chick right here … reading a book in peace. She looks like she has no gray hair.

 

 

So I sat there and looked at the sky for a minute, but only one minute as we needed to do some boogie boarding and pretend surfing with my son.

 

 

While pretend surfing with my son,  I noticed this dude paddle-boarding. He looked bad-ass. I added this to my bucket list. But then I heard about some great-white shark encounters with paddle-boarders off the coast of California just recently and thought about it again.

 

But then I got distracted when this dude came out of the water. My dude laughed at me and said why don’t you just take a picture. So I did. Then surfer hottie dude took off his wet suit. I would have taken a picture but in that moment I forgot how to work the camera … in fact I think I forgot my name.

 

 

I got inspired for some reason and we went back to “pretend surfing,” but the waves got too big. Falling down with wet sand everywhere as I was trying to keep my son from giant waves was proof enough that pretend surfing time was over.

 

 

It was time to pack it up and leave. Luckily, this time I had some help. Usually I’m the one that looks like a crazy garage sale walking down the beach.

 

Even without the airplane ride or long drive to far away places, it was a good stay-cation.

 

 

 

6 Responses to “Labor Day Stay-cation”

  1. Andrea Kelly September 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM #

    Holy cow.
    Here in Oregon we have a “Coast,” not a “Beach”…
    Needless to say, I have NEVER seen so many people on any of my trips to the coast before. We don’t even have lifeguard stations – if you’re crazy enough to get in the water, that’s your problem!

    Looks like quite a fun “stay-cation” to me! I have to admit, I’m a little jealous 🙂

    • The Guat September 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM #

      Thanks. Sometimes I get disappointed with stay-cations but this one was pretty nice. The crowds…yeah crazy Californians. But we found a quieter spot down the beach, nice views too 🙂

  2. TBM September 4, 2012 at 3:18 AM #

    I do miss the beach. I would love to have a stay-cation here. And you might want to add horrible airplane food. On my last flight, I was served a frozen sandwich and I couldn’t identify the meat. I know airplane food is supposed to be bad, but can’t they make sure its at least room temperature and not a block of ice.

    • The Guat September 6, 2012 at 12:55 AM #

      Dude. Airplane food. The last time I was on a plane was 2007, but I guess I haven’t missed much in terms of the plane cuisine.

  3. Cayman Thorn September 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM #

    Guat- A staycation at the beach? That’s not fair! Nice photo journal.

    • The Guat September 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM #

      Thanks. Sometimes I forget that not everybody has beach access.

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