The Walden Effect: Homesteading Year 5. Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Homestead Blog


Homesteading Tags

Recent Comments

Blog Archive

User Pages


About Us

Submission guidelines


Be wowed by the ordinary

Pawleys Island

Perfect vacation tip #7: Go outside your past experiences and be wowed Coquinaby the ordinary

I think we all have a tendency to want to recreate past joys, so many of us go to the same vacation spot over and over again.  But I've found that my second time with the same vacation often doesn't hold a candle to the first.  That's why I was so glad Mark recommended we go to Pawleys Island instead of my family's traditional beach haunt of Ocracoke.

Field of cotton

Mom and I got excited before we even approached the ocean.  She had never been this far south in her life, and I'd only seen a field of cotton once before.  "Look at the cotton!" Mom and I exclaimed as we whizzed down the highway.
Roadside wildflowers
And while my favorite event of our first vacation day was the instant we got to our rental house and I walked out on the porch and saw the ocean for the first time in years, Mom's fondest memory was stopping at a gas station and walking over to a weedy margin to look at wildflowers.

Sand dunes


Which isn't to say there wasn't plenty of extraordinary on our vacation too.  But if you get a kick out of the common, everything else is icing on the cake.

Learn to hatch homegrown chicks in Permaculture Chicken: Incubation Handbook.

This post is part of our Gratuitous Vacation Photos lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime