It’s hard to define what a perfect vacation is, but if I had to describe it, I’d say that it’s a time when our greatest needs are fulfilled. And those needs vary throughout our lives. Sometimes we need rest; other times socialization and fun. Sometimes we need connection with family and friends; other times solitude and quiet. There are no rules about vacations. Whenever our time away fulfills our greatest needs, a perfect vacation is created.
Such was our vacation to Baltimore a few weeks ago. The time away from Rick’s and my work routines satisfied our need for fun, rest, and time with our son, Brendon. Here are some highlights:
On Sunday afternoon Brendon treated us to great seats to a Baltimore-Orioles/Oakland game (Orioles won). Other highlights included the Great Grape 5K race at the Elk Run vineyard (yes, we ran 5K through the vineyard!) with wine tasting after; a movie at his place; and an educational visit to the National Aquarium.
Then, of course, there were the deeply satisfying moments of simply being together: eating Skinny Cow ice creams, walking around the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, having catch-up conversations about our lives, watching Brendon and his softball team play two games; playing a few table games, having Sunday Brunch at the hotel and sampling many restaurants.
We returned grateful and deeply satisfied. We look forward to returning to Baltimore next year!