‘Mid Pleasures and Palaces Though I May Roam

My Sunday began as so many do, I ran my long run this morning. Ten miles through the hills of my town. In the past when I have run after returning from a vacation at sea level, I feel lethargic and as if I have lead in my legs. This time I had actually ran at sea, not just sea level. As I ran today, I felt very good – Spring is in full bloom and the temperature in the low 50’s. Within the first mile I first noticed I had energy – then I noticed I felt that I was still at sea. For the entire 10 miles I felts the waves of the ocean as if I was running on the ship deck. I was not aware of the motion while on the ship, but when back on land I guess it takes times to get my “land legs” back. I didn’t feel sick and I just went with the “flow”. My run was quite nice too, my pace faster than my last long run on land, but not quite as fast as when I was on the nice flat surface of the ship.

When I returned last night I was greeted by three wet noses waiting for me and I couldn’t think of a better welcome committee. My two cats were happy too, once they knew I was back to stay. The pets are in good hands when I travel and it is as if they were on vacation too. After my run today I went to visit my father. We had a good meal together and I told him all about my vacation. Since my mother’s passing, he has been lonely. At 91, he is happy to have the company of family and  hear about my adventures. He thinks I am crazy for zip lining, but laughed at my description. I told him about my dolphin swim and that I hope to have the pictures to show him.  And I shared my success stories in the casino. He, after all, taught me his favorite game – craps. It was a good visit and I like to see him smile.

I had a wonderful week of relaxation, adventure, and fun times. It is good to be back and in my routine.  And as the song continues – Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home!

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