A vacation is a lovely time out from your busy schedule. It is a must in this high stress, fast paced world of today.
I just returned from a trip to Alaska. It was a combination land and sea trip. We went to Denali and then took a cruise around from Alaska to Canada.
I would like to share five things I learned on this incredible vacation.
1.The flowers in Alaska are vibrant.
I work in the ground planting and growing flower gardens every spring. My flowers are nowhere near the size and beauty of the ones in Alaska.The sun rises at 4 am and sets at 11:30 pm. Flowers love the extended daylight time. Just look at this photo! These are real pictures of flowers taken in Alaska.
2. Friendships are to be cherished.
We traveled with a couple we have been friends with for years. People who are friends throughout the years have their hearts bonded together. It is like a marriage with ups and downs. I don’t mean the relationship ups and downs; I mean the individual lives of each person involved. You stick with each other and stand by each other at all times. You love each other and hold each other. Real friends laugh and cry together. Your relationships are measured by what you do with the time you have not by how much time you see each other.
3. A fear of heights is real.
Acrophobia is a fear of heights. New studies have reported a fear of heights may be an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. I had forgotten I had a slight fear of heights when we walked across this suspension bridge in Canada. I started feeling light headed and weak but continued because the experience was phenomenal. But when I finished and was back on the other side I had to sit down so I would not pass out. I didn’t understand what was happening. My husband pointed out to me that it was the height making me feel this way. So a fear of heights is a real chemical reaction in the body, not just a thought process.
4. People are only famous if you know who they are.
We were in Ketchikan, Alaska and took an excursion on the Deadliest Catch fishing boat. Ketchikan was my favorite place to visit in Alaska. These people on the boat are famous for the TV show Deadliest Catch. I have never seen the show, so I had no idea who they were. But when I asked others if they knew these guys they all said yes. It struck me as strange that these three men are famous and to me they are fishermen is Alaska. I realized that there are many famous people in this world. Ordinary citizens may be famous, but we may not know it if we have never seen them in the lime light. It is a perfect example of how large this world is and how small we are.
5. My husband is my best friend.
And last but also the most important thing I learned is why I fell in love with this man, my husband. Our busy schedules of today can wear on a marriage. I just spent 12 very short but enjoyable days with my amazing husband. It is so important to rebuild the bond of marriage with time spent together. The kind of time that allows each of you to laugh and have fun together. He is the love of my life and my true soulmate. This vacation and all other vacations we have taken give us the opportunity to see more clearly why we initially said our vows to stay together forever.