I don’t get the opportunity to take many day trips, but I can honestly attest that they help me recharge my emotional and physical batteries every single time. My job requires me to be on the promises from early in the morning until six in the evening. Most places are closed when I get off work unless it’s places like grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, and other businesses that close around nine or ten. I have some friends that love to go to wineries, and we tend to go to places like Rose Hill, NC or the mountains, or beaches. Sometimes we get in the car and don’t have a destination. We let the car determine where we’re going. Every time we get out of Greensboro, our stress seems to dissipate. It’s when we begin our return trip back that we feel pressure. That’s okay, though. The short time we spend away prepares for the challenges we face.
The advantage to Day trips is it allows people to take a break. It may be a short break, but sometimes a tiny gap in our routine is not only helpful for you, but it may be the break your whole family needs. The summer is a time for exploring places like the beaches and other natural attractions. The fresh air does wonders for the soul. Kids and parents alike can explore new territories, and the best part is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. When you make a trip a day trip, you can cut down on the expenses and still have an opportunity to relax and change pace.
Another benefit to taking day trips is that you can Reconnect with family and friends. Sometimes my family holds family reunions. It wouldn’t be a big deal for the reunions if it were just my mom’s side of the family, but my dad’s side has a whole freaking county of relatives scattered. Sometimes I need a roadmap to know who all the members are, and other times I think I’m glad to be an only child. There’s a lot to be said for staying out of the drama. And when you add a lot of folks in the mix, drama is a hot issue. That’s why it’s great to reconnect with your roots. You have an opportunity to learn about family dynamics and relationships. When you allow yourself to get to know others you don’t know but share DNA with; you sometimes find that you have more things in common than you ever thought possible. There will always be people you don’t want to see in your life, and no one should force you to do something you don’t wish to do. But if there are people who you might benefit from spending time with, you might want to remember that allowing yourself the opportunity to spend time with others might help you. I know there’s been a few times that I went to cookouts with friends and didn’t know anyone other than my friends. I met some very cool people who later helped me meet many different individuals with a shared interest.
I’m looking forward to several of those connections getting together over the next few weeks. Covid screwed up a lot of chances for people to connect.
One of the best perks of day trips is getting active without realizing how busy you are moving. Take, for instance, a trip to the beach. Some folks like to surf. You might be one of them that loves to catch that magical wave, or perhaps you are someone that wants to lounge about on the beach. If you have kids, you won’t be lounging long. But you can walk along the shoreline, meet some of the most interesting folks. I met a couple flying their drone in Wilmington about two years ago. That was very cool. Watching that drone fly made me feel like I was in a Jetson’s cartoon. Reality and fantasy are now actual commodities. Technology fascinates me because it can take us to places our ancestors couldn’t dream about because their technology was inadequate. We are blessed and cursed in this generation of technology. The blessing is that we have tools at our fingertips that make our quality of life better. The curse is when we lose control due to hacking that we see the downside of the world of AI. Sometimes planning a trip that is two to three hours away can make all the difference in the world.
Eat Out at places you never get to go. If you love trying different types of food and rarely had the opportunity to go out, this might be one of the best things you can do. Not only do you expand your palate when you visit restaurants you don’t usually get to go to, but you also find new favorites along the way. Many places are short-staffed now, so have a little patience but enjoy the atmosphere as much as you can.
When you go home, you get to sleep in your bed. Sometimes the best feeling in the world is falling asleep when you are weary from the day’s activities. I know I always sleep better when I’ve been full speed ahead and ready to drop at the end of the day.
One of my favorite day trips in NC is going to Pilot Mountain. I have a family history attached to the mountain and always feel closer to my ancestors there. I never got the privilege of meeting my grandfather because he died before my mother was born, but I go straight for the trails and the rocks every time I am there. There’s a rock there that has what appears to be a chair in the stone. It’s the perfect place to sit down and cool off a moment. The stones are cool, and it’s on the path. The hardest part is keeping myself from going too fast up the mountain. It’s the one place I could climb and never grow tired of seeing everything the mountain will offer. It breaks my heart when I see the graffiti done to the rocks, but I’m grateful that the mountain feels like home.
No matter where you go on your next day trip, I hope you have a blast. Allow yourself time to recharge emotionally, physically, and any other way you may need. Life is short. We can’t change all the negative energy around us all the time, but we can change our mindset and contribute to those around us. Have a great day, everyone.