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How to have the best vacation ever

Group photo

As Mark mentioned, we snuck away last week to spend four nights on Pawleys Island, and it was the best vacation we'd ever had.  Rather than boring you with our vacation pictures in one post, I'm going to split them apart into an elongated lunchtime series and pretend that makes them more interesting!  In fact, I'm even going to add tips about what made this vacation so perfect for us and pretend it's educational!  Pretty fancy, huh?

(In other words, it won't hurt my feelings at all if you skip this and the following only-quasi-homesteading-related (okay, not-really-related-at-all) posts.)

Mom on the beach

Perfect vacation tip #1: Start with good company

We talked Mom into coming to Pawleys Island with us.  As Kayla said, "It takes a pretty special husband to bring his mother-in-law on vacation" (then she went on to add that she and her husband brought her parents on their honeymoon).  But, lest you think I'm cruel and unusual, I should add that my husband is so special that inviting Mom was his idea.

Mother and daughter

MomAnd I can't help feeling that Mom is what made this vacation the best one ever.  Mark likes to sit still and watch the ocean, but I'm a relentless explorer, and it was just more fun to explore with Mom's exuberance at my side.  In fact, Mom and I are so much alike that we accidentally wore the same t-shirt for our group photo day --- oops.

So, pretending this post has actual merit for its non-family audience, your first tip for building a perfect vacation is to start with good company.  Mom, Mark, and I made a perfect team, so fun was had by all.

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


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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