Style Me Bloggers: My summer travel plans

Do you or your family take a family trip in the summer? I am surprised when I meet people who do not take vacation. As much as I like my work (yes, I actually *like* work!) we all need times to rest and recharge. I believe it is a God-given mandate! {A good read on rest and practicing the Sabbath is Mark Buchanan’s book, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. Click the title for link}

the rest of god

We like to take family trips during the summer. The kids look forward to having a break from the pressures of school and activities and frankly, I like that break as well! {I know families who school year round but that was never us – because teacher needed a break!}

Some years we take trips-of-a-lifetime like last year when all five of us went to Italy for 3 weeks or in 2010 when we visited Israel for 12 days {link here}. But then in the off years we take vacations that are closer to home like sharing a mountain cabin with friends or a trip to the Bahamas with a brother-in-law’s family. (Whyyyy didn’t I blog about these things???)

This year we are doing several things. In June, we are taking a quick trip to the Appalachian Mountains to climb Mt. LeConte and stay in the LeConte Lodge {link here}. We did this years ago, pre-kids, and now want to take the kiddos. Mt. LeConte is the third tallest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an elevation of 6,594 ft (or 2010 m for my Canadian and European friends). Unfortunately the Alum Cave Trail is undergoing restoration so we will need to pick a different trail. The Lodge is accessible only by hiking which means that there are no roads that lead to the Lodge. Supplies are carried in by llama train three days a week. It is the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. (I like these extremes. I’ve been to the northernmost brewery and the lowest bar.) The accommodations and the furnishings are simple. I am really looking forward to this trip!

Also in June, I will travel to Virginia and California working at homeschool conventions, two places I haven’t been to before.

Then in July, Annie and I are going on a mission trip to Honduras to visit La Esperanza de Jesus {Hope of Jesus} Children’s Home. {link here} {Want to help support us? Send any amount of money to Church of the Redeemer 4815-200 Executive Park Court Jacksonville FL 32216 with Honduras Mission Trip/DelCharcos in the memo line. We would appreciate any help we can get!}

We fly back to Miami where Michael will pick us up and then we’ll head to the Florida Keys with my brother-in-law’s family for a few days of snorkeling and lobstering. Michael has some work he has to do down there so it’s a semi-vacation for him, all vacation for us. Since Michael has an annual meeting in the Keys we’ve been a lot. Here are some pix from last year’s trip where we brought along a few friends.

2014 Trip to Key West
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Eating Key Lime Pie on a stick
Feeding the tarpon at Robbie's Marina
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Feeding the tarpon at Robbie's Marina
Feeding the tarpon at Robbie’s Marina

We really have lots of trips on our bucket list. If only we had as much $$ to fund said trips! Ha ha! Check out what the other Style Me Bloggers have planned for the summer!

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About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I'm a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I'm always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I'm fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

12 thoughts on “Style Me Bloggers: My summer travel plans

  1. Sounds like a great summer! I agree about needing to getaway. Stay-cations at home do not recharge you like being away from the daily routine. And, how things have changed on Sundays – everything used to close.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

  2. I’m like you – so many fun trips I want to take, I just need to win the lottery or something! Sounds like you have a really fun summer planned. I’d love to go to Key West!

  3. We will need blog posts from all of these adventures! Do you speak espanol? Honduras will be a very moving experience, or perhaps you have been there before? We lived in Panama for six years and my daughters’ father is Panamanian. Seeing the way they live in Central America was eye-opening for me. Where is Mt. LeConte, what state? I went to school in Knoxville, Tennessse and spent time in the Smoky Mountains on weekends. Beautiful. And Key West is near and dear to my heart as my oldest was married there on the beach. Would love to join you for all of your adventures!

    1. I speak muy pocito de espagnol. I took it in college because I needed an easy 5 credit A. I speak fluent Italian which helps with my Spanish! I’ve been to Honduras once before with my son. My husband took my other son and now it’s my daughter’s turn to visit our missionaries. Mt. LeConte is near Sevierville, TN. I will definitely blog that adventure! The Honduras trip will need to be blogged when I get back as we won’t have internet in country.

  4. We LOVE to travel! We’re spoiled to traveling in the off season, so our big trips are rarely during the summer. This year we won’t be able to do a long trip anywhere, but we’re hoping to make a few (more) small ones. We’re already discussing some plans for next year too!

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