Bring a mixture of healthy and mildly decadent treats!
I arranged this little offering to thank my co-workers for covering for me while I was out for a few days. Stopped at Porto’s to pick up multi-grain bread for use with the Fredricksburg, TX Apricot Ginger preserves and had to get a dozen mixed raspberry and dulce de leche kisses.
The fresh peaches are from Blum Ranch in Acton, and always a hit in the office. The aliens are direct from our stop in Roswell, New Mexico toward the end of our 12-day odyssey–part of which was a working vacation for me–around the southwest.
I’ll be back-posting pictures from our road trip to San Antonio and Canyon Lake, TX and to Santa Fe, and some of the miles in between over the next days and weeks. We had a lot of fun, many good conversations and saw some amazing sights. My favorites are not on the tourist track, but there is nothing wrong, in my opinion, with being a tourist either.
Years ago in a writing workshop I attended, James D. Houston said that you can take a trip or you can take a journey. Taking a journey means that you allow the experience to change you.
I think by consciously opening myself to this possibility and by contemplating the experiences I have had after I return, I do manage to take more journeys than trips, by far.