pecos yellow (one), first in a series of yellow flowers from the Pecos Mountains, July 24, 2008, photo © 2008 by ybonesy. All rights reserved.
There has been a spate of articles lately about how gas prices and the state of the economy in general are forcing many Americans to spend summer vacation at home or close to home this year. There’s even a term for it: staycation.
I guess my family qualifies as stay-at-home vacationers. During one of my two weeks off from work, we managed to keep our miles down to a mere 300, all spent right here in our very own Land of Enchantment.
Here are highlights from our “trip-ette” and some of the ways we cut costs:
- “Flower-watching” in the mountains (although we didn’t have guide nor guidebook to tell us the names of the flowers).
- The girls made “$aver-enirs” by collecting tree sap, letting it melt in the sun, then forming the sap into objects.
- We took Jim’s childhood boat out for a cruise along the river.
- Used the swimming hole at Pancheula Creek (and swam in our clothes so we wouldn’t have to splurge on new swimsuits this season).
- Harvested and sautéed exotic fungus (a puffball mushroom, not pictured), although I refrained from sampling any in the event it turned out to be poisonous; designated driver rule.
- Weiners and buffalo burgers on the grill.
- Fancy s’mores for dessert every night.
- Antique collecting.
- Fossil hunting.
- Simulated day-spa (i.e., reading an entire memoir in one sitting while lying under blankets the day it rained, a fire glowing in the wood-burning stove).