Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"Where do you summer?"

Patrick Stewart (snooty chef) interrogating Steve Martin (wacky weather guy) who wants a reservation at the exclusive L'Idiot, in the movie LA Story.

Generally, I summer at home, in San Francisco. Like most working folks, I work year round and well, vacation time in huge chunks (2 weeks or more) is hard to come by when you work for a huge corporation. I'm not one to carry over vacation time from the previous year just so I could be off for a month next year. Plus, I'd be afraid to leave my work for others to handle for more than a week, which bothers me on a couple of levels. But that's a story for another day.

This year, my 2nd week of vacation will be spent camping at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The 1st week was spent at home with a few days away in Yosemite. Eric & I have been to Calaveras before, but that was about 7 years ago. We try to alternate a big vacation (something that involves a popular tourist destination, plane tickets, rent-a-car, etc) with a modest car camping trip and/or a few mini-weekend getaways. Last year we went to Oahu, this year it's camping. Next year, Hawaii again (a friend is getting married out so we're turning it into a vacation) and who knows the year after that, but most likely somewhere in California or at least in the continental US.

Random car trips to nowhere are fun during our 'off' years. That's another reason to go on the cheap every other year or so, to save up for the big fancy vacations. We can head out pretty much north, south or east, at least on some road we've never been on, and we'll be content just to make the journey to a place we've never been to before. I've been highlighting an AAA map of all the roads Eric has driven for me since 1995, and it impresses me every time I look at it. Some roads are more memorable than others, usually because they are such unique experiences.

For summer reading, I will be dragging along my copy of Nasty Bits. I made it to Anthony Bourdain's book signing this past Saturday and got my copy autographed. I'm really looking forward to getting this much needed break. Woowoo!

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