Friday, August 12, 2011

Big Girl Vacation-St. Johns

I'm calling this my big girl vacation, because I've never traveled alone. But to be exact, I'm truly not alone. Well, tomorrow will be my first day on my own. Since getting here, I've been spending some much needed time with my bestie who grew up in this amazing part of the world. It's certainly made my first big girl vacation a lot easier when I'm lucky to have such a great friend and her awesome family to welcome me. Anyhow, last night after spending a wonderful afternoon with her folks, we went and enjoyed quite a bit of wine and great conversation. Thankfully I had my wits about me enough to drink enough water so that other than that really really dry mouth in the morning I was good to go.

So on to the quintessential whale watching tour. And like every other whale watching tour I've been on, I've seen a variety of birds, but no whales. And unlike every other whale watching tour or just plain boat I've been on, I got sea sick. So I spent a good deal of time hanging over the back of the boat, but once I recovered, I found myself, my back leaning on the railing enjoying the ride. Something I would have NEVER done before, out of fear. My bestie was in the cabin with her boy and came out to take photos of me. She said that I looked so happy, content and beautiful, she had to grab my photo. I don't know about beautiful, but happy, oh yes, I was.

I was out on the ocean, on my first vacation by myself, to a place that I've been wanting to go to for at least 10 years and it was just as beautiful as I had imagined. Someone was playing a flute, or it was being piped in, I'm not sure, the wind blowing in my face and for the first time in a gabillion years, I was doing something truly for myself. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, god willing not any moose or flat tires, but I will revel in the fact that it will be all about me and that I am capable of doing this all by myself.

Personally, though, I think I look happiest here 
with my friend Mom2Michael of Raising My Boys


Bluefunk said...

Love it! Glad you're having a good time on your well deserved vacation.

Cheryl said...

Joy, I am SO glad you're having a great time!!! Hopefully we can arrange a visit when you get home!

Dawn said...

about time you did something for Joy and you don't need to wear your big girl panties all of the time