Spring is here although you can’t see it through all the snow and ice in Blowing Rock as I write this today. Nonetheless, as warmer weather approaches, my Missus and I can enjoy some day hikes somewhere nearby. We both prefer day hikes over pack hiking for a variety of reasons. One, we can be less concerned about the things we need to bring in (or pack out). That allows us to relax and enjoy the scenery around us, which ultimately is the whole point of hiking. Also, our “furry” family members are “inside” dogs, so we can’t be away from home too long to make sure they are fed and walked. Last, my Missus will NOT sleep outside. She is more than willing to accommodate my love of the outdoors, but at the end of the day, she expects a hot shower, a good meal, and a warm bed. Since I appreciate her willingness to make hiking something we do together, I think it is a fair trade.
A common misconception says it is difficult to be both an introvert AND a traveler. Introverts are thought to be more comfortable in the confines of their home and never venture out unless they have to. Horse-pooey. I’m both a strong introvert and I love to travel. I’ve traveled around the world and enjoyed every minute. Contrary to popular belief, introverts can make the best travelers. Here’s why.
When I first started this blog, it was mainly to detail some of the trips we were taking for the convenience of our friends. Since at the moment our focus has been on home projects, we haven’t been traveling as much as we would like (and to be honest, I don’t like leaving my dogs. Sue me.)
I’ve always loved Biltmore. I’m not even sure why. Maybe it is because that it was the first stop on the first trip my girlfriend and I ever took together. Considering she is now my wife, obviously it ended up being a good trip. On our next visit to the estate, we did a wine tasting at the Biltmore winery. Afterwards, at dinner in the restaurant next to the winery, I ordered a bottle of wine at dinner with our meal. To my recollection it was the first time I had EVER ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant. Over the years my palate has matured and I can no longer drink Biltmore wines, but I can honestly say that my love of wine started on that night. (I’ll leave the story about being so drunk that we couldn’t find our way off the Estate for another time).
I recently attended a business conference in Stockholm, Sweden. I had never been to Stockholm before. Neither had my wife, and since the trip overlapped our wedding anniversary, she decided to come with me. I extended my trip a couple of days once the conference was over so we could explore the city of Stockholm, often called “the Capital of Scandinavia”.
I HATE Cruises
I’m not a fan of the concept of an ocean cruise. It goes against my idea about what travel is about. In my mind, travel is about going to different places, interacting with people, and experiencing things unique to that location. The thought of being packed in a huge ship with 5000 of my fellow citizens, surrounded 80% of the time by the same view (water, lots of water; as far as the eye can see), was enough to send an introvert like me screaming into the abyss. In addition, I also worry about that one “Typhoid Mary” passenger or crew member who can turn the whole voyage into “Nightmare on the S.S. Rotavirus”.