Vacation’s End

Sunsets, waves, gulls, pelicans, egrets and hatchling sea-turtles all helped to make it a wonderful time at the beach. Even better was the time spent with my two daughters and one of my two granddaughters.

Dianne, Allison & Elizabeth
Madeira Beach

“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” Emilia Wickstead


White Sands, NM

New Mexico, one of the “Four Corners” states, is a great place to visit. The climate varies from alpine mountains in the north to arid desert in the south. Santa Fe, the capital is full of history, like stepping back in time, while Albuquerque the largest city is very metropolitan.

When we traveled the state a few years back my favorite location was White Sands. It had special meaning for my husband who had been stationed at the White Sands Missle Base there many years before. The attraction for me was the white sand the area was named for. It was beautiful with sand as white and powdery as snow. We played in it like kids. 

“The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn’t know enough to take a vacation.” Clarence Day


Title photo by Pixabay



To those who do not live in this area, you cannot possibly know what you are missing by not ever having eaten a warm Krispy Kreme doughnut. Our family used to begin vacations with boxes of these glazed delights. The teens and kids would wear the Krispy Kreme hat as the ceremony took place. So yummy; such wonderful memories!


I recently realized that it was possibly the tradition as much as the doughnuts that made them so special. I was out early one morning, driving to an appointment. I had plenty of time and happened to notice the local Krispy Kreme shop up ahead. Without thinking I drove in, parked and went inside. It smelled so familiar. I ordered two warm glazed and a cup of coffee. I sat down in anticipation of a wonderful impromptu treat.  

Alas, something had changed. My doughnuts were a disappointment. Was it them or was it me? I’ll probably never know. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten my last Krispy Kreme doughnut. 

“You pretty much can’t get away from bacon or whiskey in the South. Put a doughnut in it and you’d be good to go.” Hillary Scott