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The Art of Vacation 2 (Sequel to “The Art of Vacation” posted 3/25/2014)

“Aaahhhhh!” That utterance, offered by yours truly this morning, is the essence of having achieved a clean and refreshing break from routine through the Art of Vacation. And what a vacation it was!

A Celebration of True Love

Our family vacation commenced with a two-day drive to beautiful Ouray, Colorado where we would join with family from all over the country in celebrating the nuptials of my niece, Jenny.

Panoramic taken from outside our room at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

Panoramic taken from outside our room at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

A Celebration of True Friendship

Upon returning from Colorado June 30, we prepared for the arrival of our friends from Roanoke, Virginia the next day. When they arrived at DFW Airport we hit the ground running, spending lots of time catching up on each other’s families while we played tourist in my home town.

Dealey Plaza, the site of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, was our first tourist stop. Offering an audio tour through the events of that fateful day, the museum on the sixth floor of the old Texas Book Depository is extremely well done. If you live in the Metroplex or find yourself visiting here you must put this on your bucket list.

We lightened the mood on July 3 by visiting downtown Grapevine, Texas. This historical area features several Texas wineries along with cool shops offering everything from fine chocolates to antiques to Texas apparel & souvenirs. Grapevine also offers several fine restaurants to suit any taste. We were apparently so caught up in the excitement that none of us took any pictures!

Independence Day, July 4, found us in the historical Fort Worth Stockyards, one of my favorite places to visit. We took in the sights and sounds of this beautiful historical district and celebrated our freedom at the Stockyards Rodeo – you can’t get much more Americana than that!

Our friends departed for home Saturday afternoon, and we spent the remainder of the day relaxing at home as we recharged the proverbial batteries.

The Art of Vacation

As I prepared to leave the office for vacation I put the wheels in motion by letting my coworkers know that they will hear from me when I return to the office on Monday, July 7. I updated my voice mail greeting to state clearly that I am not checking it, and my email auto-reply clearly states the same. And I kept my word. Today I returned to work reenergized, refreshed, and ready.

Have you lost the Art of Vacation? If so, find it. Reclaim it. Live it. I promise you won’t regret it.

Unnatural Miracle

As much as I travel on business, I am still amazed at the miracle of air travel. “Miracle”, you say? Absolutely. As I zoom across the country 36,000 feet above the Earth in this pressurized metal tube weighing thousands of pounds I can’t help but think that there is something completely unnatural going on here.

I was never really good at physics, but I do have a basic understanding of gravity. Gravity is one of those natural laws that we humans were not physically

Birds

Birds (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict))

designed to conquer. After all, birds flap their wings and fly quite naturally. We humans flap our arms and, while looking a bit ridiculous, we go nowhere. All we can do is stand fixed to the ground and dream of what that bird’s eye view must look like.

Or can we? One advantage we have over the birds of the air is the creativity and ingenuity of the human mind. Man is the only creature capable of devising ways to conquer the natural laws that otherwise bind our bodies. Whether it’s jetting across the earth or exploring the depths of the seas, the human mind can figure it out. In this case, by harnessing the powers of thrust and lift we become like the birds of the air; the bird’s eye view of America’s fruited plains spreads before us as we jet to our destination. And as I pause between typing these sentences to look out the window, I am simultaneously amazed and impressed.

Some believe that man evolved to this state over billions of years. Not me. The idea that this level of ingenuity and creativity somehow evolved out of nothing makes no sense to me. Scripture tells us that God created man in His image. He created man to be in relationship with Him while having dominion over the birds of the air and the fishes of the sea. Thus, man is completely unique. Our ingenuity is no evolutionary accident; it comes by the supernatural design of our Creator. Some were created to invent; others to inspire. We are all gifted by God to contribute in our own way to this marvelous creation. Today, as I jet across this beautiful country of ours, I am especially thankful for the creativity and ingenuity behind the miracle of air travel and I am thankful to God for the men and women who make it happen.

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