Time Away From The Humpy
We just got back from a couple of weeks in California. It’s the longest we’ve been away from The Humpy since we moved in and was a much-needed break (especially from the stupidly hot weather).
Organising two weeks away when you have a bunch of animals and gardens is a pain in the arse, especially when it is so hot and dry, but we’re lucky enough to have people to help us look after them and we’re really glad we went to the effort.
The holiday not only gave us time with some of our best friends in the world, and some incredible experiences, it has also renewed our appreciation for our life here (and our dysfunctional pets). This post on Holidays certainly resonates with us, and we really should go to the effort to plan breaks more often (although next time we probably won’t go as far or for as long).
Much of our holiday was spent living in exactly the opposite manner to which we are accustomed: we spent most of our time in the city, socialising endlessly and eating out frequently and even shopping (something which we’re usually allergic to). A couple of weeks of excess and indulgence was a lot of fun, but it’s also pretty tiring for those of us who are highly introverted and it did make us realise that living a simple life is what makes us happiest long term.
One of the highlights of our trip was hiking in Yosemite National Park. It is a mind-blowing place, everything is immense there, and it was wonderful to be so utterly dwarfed by such a spectacular natural setting.
Our visit to Yosemite also re-ignited a love of hiking for both of us and we realised there are so many beautiful places we take for granted in our own backyard when we should be out making the most of them, so we are now looking forward to many weekends spent hiking locally!