Tag - vacation

Death Valley

On my recent vacation we went to Death Valley in California and Nevada, among other places. Amazing!

Here are a few of the images I captured:

US Road Trip 2011

I’ve been on vacation (notice the distinct lack of posts over the past 10 days).

Here’s some of what I’ve been doing:

Maui

I’ve just returned from a short but full vacation in Maui.

Here’s a little slice of my trip:

The very spot where World War II ended

It’s been tough re-adjusting to normal life after our Hawaii trip.

This morning was cold, wet, and punctuated by the arrival of 200+ stampeding emails flooding my work in-box. Ah well … it was great while it lasted.

Every so often, I’m going to post pictures of what we did and saw in Hawaii … and here’s the first one. It’s a photo I took on the deck of the USS Missouri, the ship on which General Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender in Tokyo bay. This was the surrender that formally ended World War II.

And here’s the exact spot it happened:

The Missouri is now docked in Pearl Harbor, overlooking the last resting place of the USS Arizona. Ironically, that’s where the WWII began for America, when Japan launched a surprise attack on December 7, 1941, the “date that will live in infamy.”

Back in the saddle!

I’m back in the office after a week’s vacation, and after clearing a mini-mountain of email and other assorted work, I feel energized.

Oddly, over the past 5 years I have never actually taken all my allotted vacation time … but I intend to this year. The benefits are just too great, and the costs too high, to take less. I’m not only talking about the most important reasons to take vacations: spending time with family and friends. I’m also talking about the renewed vigor and changed perspectives that you can take back with you to the office.

Resolution: to take my vacation time in the future. (I have another 2 weeks coming up later this year.)

On a related note, a vacation-oriented quote I recently saw:

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.

-Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Vacation is also a valuable time to sort out priorities and goals …

Thinking of Florida




seagulls

Originally uploaded by johnkoetsier

It’s a new year, and it’s January, and it’s cold, with the promise of rain or snow in the next couple of days. That’s life in British Columbia, Canada.

Makes me dream of a trip to Florida a few years ago.

Here’s a pic I took at Cocoa Beach on the east coast of Florida, just up from Cape Canaveral.

One day left

Tomorrow is my last day of work before the holidays – we’ve got a two-week company shut-down period, which is VERY welcome.

It’s been an intense last third of the year … two courses for my master’s program, a promotion (and subsequently doing both my new job and old job for some time), and all the typical family and home things.

Two weeks off is just what I need – if I can only get all my Christmas shopping done!

On vacation …

I’m on vacation for two weeks, so posting has and will continue to be light.Last week the whole extended family was in Osooyoos, BC, for some lake and sun and family time. This week I’m working around the house on a major landscaping project with Allan blocks, and next weekend we have something special planned with some families from church.Adios, and see you soon.