Spontaneous Vacation and the Treasures it Brought
My family and I are planners. We don't normally wing it when it comes to vacation or spending significant amounts of money.
My husband's job has been so stressful that he just needed a break, so on a whim we booked a cabin in the middle of nowhere for 3 days in northern Arkansas.
I'm glad we went. We were all able to rest and enjoy the view instead of looking at screens or staying inside to avoid heat stroke in southern Louisiana. The temperature was in the low 70s, which is equivalent to winter in Louisiana. (I'm exaggerating but not much.)
We saw Samson at the Sight and Sound Theater in Branson, Missouri. It was nothing short of a masterpiece and rivaled any Broadway play I've seen. I'm not a crier but I was very choked up when his dad died. Go see it if you get a chance. It's worth every penny.
The cabin we stayed in had a beautiful balcony that overlooked Beaver Lake. I took some soft pastels outside and painted the view in front of me. In those moments I remember feeling like I could stay there forever. I treasure the not so hot sun, the scene before me, the sounds of birds, and my family playing a game together near to me. No screens.
I did pull out my phone to try to capture what I'd painted. After that my husband and I just sat and enjoyed the view. I want to go back but for now, I'm inspired to paint what I saw.