As of this summer I am officially no longer a â€œnewly wedâ€. G and I will hit our 15 year anniversary right about the time the temperatures are reaching their peak. For some of you that may seem like a drop in the bucket and others it may seem like an eternity. For me, there are days when it feels like I just got married and days when it feels like Iâ€™ve been married forever.
As a reward for our good behavior G decided that we should go on an anniversary trip and it was up to me to decide where we should go. I told G I thought that on top of a fabulous vacation I deserved some precious gems too. G told me that I could have one or the other, but not both. Hhhmmmâ€¦
At first I tried to figure out a way that I could get both the trip and the jewelry. I imagined us going to one of those public gem mines somewhere in the south where we would find HUGE amethysts, diamonds, and rubies in one shovelful.
I pictured a shirtless G down in a pit, sweaty muscles bulging with each swing of the pick. I would be pacing at the top of the pit, slapping a riding crop on my palm shouting, â€œKeep diggink! Ze jewels! Ze will not find zemzelves!â€
I quickly came to my senses when I envisioned a more realistic picture of our time at a mine: After 2 shovels of dirt G would say, â€œHuh, looks like there are no jewels here.â€ He would then hop onto the lip of the pit and take a swig of some gatoraid. It would be me alone down in the pit sweaty and red faced, furiously digging for a gem the size of a peppercorn.
G would put up with this for about a half an hour and then start saying, â€œAre we done yet?â€ every 2 minutes. Eventually I would become so stressed out that I would grasp at any little stone that looked promising. When we got home I would carry my precious little bag of stones to a gem cutter who would examine the bag closely and say, â€œWow! It looks like you have a nice bag of Common North American Agate.â€
Iâ€™ve decided that we will not be going to any public mines for our second honeymoon.
This is where I need your help. I need some good ideas as to where to go. We have passports, it will be sometime in the fall, and while we will be on a budget we wonâ€™t have to hang out at KOAs with a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter.
I am a person who has always dreamed of seeing the world but in reality I have done precious little traveling in my life. What would be a good trip for the beginning traveler?