Thursday, January 3, 2013

Resolve 2013: Enjoy a Stay-cation

Today I'm at Linda Mercury's Blog talking about living the creative life and being the best me possible.

So, please welcome Cathryn Cade to my blog. She is helping to provide me advice on my 2013 resolution to "take a vacation." Cathryn has been a great friend to me and many writers both in Oregon and in Montana (where she now lives).  I'm ecstatic to get her friendly advice.

Enjoy a Stay-cation         

Vacation? I remember those. Plan for months, buy the plane tickets, rent the condo and jet off to tropical bliss.

Not happening for us in the near future. If your family is like mine, the recession has hit hard. And I’m on a new adventure of full-time writing, so Hawaii is not in our spring plans.

But, and it’s a big one—we just moved home to Montana, Big Sky Country. Home of cowboys, Indians, homesteaders, gold miners and dinosaurs, just to name a few parts of our history. People come here to vacation, so I’m sure we can find a few things to keep busy.

It’s winter now, and sadly, I no longer ski—major hip surgery will do that to a girl. But there are still museums and art galleries to enjoy. Fun restaurants and bars to drop in once a week or so. Soon the legislature will be in session. I’ve never attended a session of state government, so it’s about time. And Montana is home to three hot springs resorts. Have you ever dawdled in a warm outdoor pool while steam rises in the frosty air overhead? Way fun.

Once I got over my pity party about no Hawaiian vacation, I realized that I am surrounded by rich opportunities to immerse myself in my home state’s history and culture, which I’ve missed while I was gone.

And next spring it will be time to get the boat out and pursue the wily walleye in the reservoir nearby with my husband. In summer, we can visit ghost towns and swim in the lake—one of my favorite activities on earth.

Vacation? Right here, thanks. How about you? What does your home state offer that you may have missed? Go ahead, be a tourist at home.  Leave a comment!

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About the Book

Hawaiian Heroes, Book 3

On Hawaii’s Big Island to supervise a photo shoot for her sporting goods company, Bella Moran is looking forward to relaxing with her newfound family. As the island works its magic on her Ho’omalu blood, though, something strange begins to happen.

In her dreams, she is at one with the untamed rainforest, able to command the trees and flowers with a terrifying power. Unfortunately, she finds no rest in her waking hours, dealing with the sexy, boy-in-a-man-suit star of the shoot.

Joel Girand, star of his own TV adventure show, signed on for a relaxing weekend showcasing tropical camping gear. He never expected to fall for an uptight executive type like Bella, but there’s something about her lush native beauty that excites the wild places in his soul.

In Joel’s arms, Bella feels her civilized veneer peeling away. But when it becomes clear someone with a grudge against her family is using deadly force to sabotage the shoot, Bella’s frightening dream power manifests in the very clear light of day. And Joel must decide if his heart will let him stand back and let her sacrifice everything—even her life—for her native home.

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THE RESOLUTION TOUR - January 1 - 9, 2013


Paty Jager said...

I've found stay-cations to be less stressful and more relaxing. Great post!

pollidog said...

Mt. Hood road trip in summer. Exploring Timberline Lodge never gets old. The carved bannisters, and depression-era art is marvelous, not to mention the metal work. Such detail. I get lost in it.

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Cathryn, thank you soooo much for guest posting today. I agree that stay-cations are one way to go. One of my favorite Oregon stay-cations is a trip to the coast--only 90 minutes away. Now to make time for it. :)

Linda Mercury said...

My favorite vacations involve large amounts of lounging in bed.... ;) Stay-cations are perfect for that.

Jessie said...

Oregon is a great place to show your visiting friends and family. I love using the "Cultural Passes" from my library. Visit cool places for free and support my library. :-)

Cathryn Cade said...

Maggie and friends,

We visited the Montana Historical Society Museum & Art Gallery yesterday.

As it was 5 degrees outside, this was a fine way to spend the afternoon! I soaked up history and art (and came away darn thankful for our modern conveniences.

Then we stopped for some locally brewed beer and a burger. Very fun day and soooo much cheaper than those plane tickets, lol!


TeriBrownwrites said...

If you really look around you can find all kinds of things to do in your own backyard. I like Oregon Field Guide and Grant's Getaways for ideas.