I have always said one of the best things about my job is the fact that I am constantly learning new things, meeting new people and visiting new places. I am putting that to good use right now, by sharing one of those experiences with my Girl Scout Troop.
These 4 wonderful 8th graders sold enough cookies to pay for an end-of-year weekend trip. Drawing from my travels through my One Tank Trip series, I suggested we go to Galena, Illinois - and here we are! I wanted them to experience the history of Grant's home, the beautiful scenery of the rolling hills, the quaint Main Street stores and restaurants and the unique Galena Log Cabins - complete with Alpacas! I wanted to see the wonder and enjoyment through their eyes.
Today we'll take a riverboat tour along the Mighty Mississippi. We'll do some sight-seeing and tonight, some star-gazing. Of course it wouldn't be a Girl Scout outing if we didn't build a camp fire and make s'mores!
What I've come to realize, is this trip is also giving ME a chance to breathe! I've been so consumed by construction stories, special segments and the regular work/family juggling act, I'm lucky if I have a spare moment to take a relaxing walk with my dogs! How did it get so crazy-busy?!
I know you can relate to this - we all have our own "deadlines" to make!
I am relaxing on this brief getaway. I'm up with the sun (which is sleeping in for me!) while everyone else still snoozes. I enjoy this quiet time - birds chirping, coffee brewing, and a chance to share my thoughts.
Next week, I'll begin another special series, as well as keeping a close eye on the transportation beat.
For now, I'm going to breathe deep and enjoy some R & R!