After returning from our three-week Mississippi River cruise around the same time last year, it seemed to take forever to get all of my pictures edited and blog posts written. September starts our busy fall craft show season for Bruce’s fused glass jewelry, so my blog took a back seat to our business and associated travel. It wasn’t until December when I concluded my blog posts of that trip.
In retrospect, there was a wonderful silver lining to what at first seemed unthinkable, especially since I am the opposite of a procrastinator! (Since I had previously posted to my blog during my travels back in the early days, it seemed so strange to me to have my trip posts take so long to complete.)
That silver lining? First, enjoying every minute of the trip without the distraction of editing pictures and writing. It was fine during our seven-week road trip, since evenings were mostly spent unwinding and relaxing in our hotel room. Bruce would study the map and travel info. I had researched, while I worked at the computer. On the riverboat trips with my mom, evenings were mostly quiet on the boat after dinner, so there was plenty of opportunity to pop open my netbook in the lounge and write while others read their books or conversed with other passengers.
This time, there was too much going on that I didn’t want to miss. The writing could wait! Instead, I took a lot of notes during our walking tours and lectures, filling up an entire spiral notebook. (Being able to read my scribbled notes will prove to be a challenge, I’m sure!)
Most of all, though, I discovered how much I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the trip again and again throughout my three-month photo editing and writing process. I caught myself smiling, laughing, and remembering things that had slipped my mind, each time I edited a new batch of pictures and wrote about what we had experienced. Every time I sat down at the computer, I felt exhilaration and happiness; I was in the zone.
It is for those reasons, my dear readers, that I make no promises as to when my next post will appear on this site, and when my last one will be completed for our most recent trip. I will at least cut to the chase, though, and tell you that each and every day was thoroughly enjoyable and breathtaking. Hopefully, my pictures will do justice to the beauty of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro; the former Yugoslavian countries we visited during our 19-day Vantage Travel land and yacht tour.
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Looking forward to your posts and learning about Croatia.
Thanks, Ann Marie!
So many adventures!
I missed you and Bruce at the Art in the Garden this past Sunday. Sadly, there wasn’t many artists this year.
Did you know that Jennifer Vining had her third baby boy? She wants to have lunch with you, Margaret, and me soon.
Enjoy your traveling!
Thanks! An e-mail is coming your way…
What a wonderful picture! I look forward to the remainder, no matter how long the wait. XOXO
Looking forward to hearing and seeing “the rest of the story.” And I’m so glad you’re able to relive the adventure. All too often when one returns from a trip – – it’s business as usual, back to the daily grind and responsibilities, and the memories are put in a little box. Sometimes that box never gets reopened.
That’s exactly right, and it’s so true! That was definitely the case for us when we were working full-time. Now that we have the opportunity to keep popping open that box, I am making sure that happens!