In my area, kids are going back to school today, which generally marks the end of summer. It seems like it flew by this year, and I feel grateful that I was able to get a little R and R in this past week. My sister came in to visit, and we decided to head to a place where neither of us had been. Solomons Island is in Southern Maryland, just a little over two hours away from where I live. It's not a big resort town like Ocean City, and for that, we were happy. After settling into our hotel, off we went to explore the island, just an easy 30 minute walk down the road. We were surprised that it wasn't more crowded, given that it was Labor Day weekend, but we were happy to do our part for the local economy. I'm sure the shop/restaurant owners were hoping for the place to be packed with tourists. Maybe next year. Anyway, we did a lot during our three days. From dockside meals, a boat trip, looking for fossils at Calvert Cliffs, more walking miles than I can count, and capturing beautiful sunrises and sunsets, we ended our trip with a hope to return in the not too distant future.
I hope you had the chance for some down time during the last few months. If not, fall is great time to get out and explore. We all need downtime, especially in these crazy days. Even if it's just an overnight, or maybe a weekend, make some plans. Find a new place to explore, and savor your time there. You just never know if you'll have the same chance again.