Step one of our extended time off involved not a visit to somewhere new but to someplace that we've become intimately familiar with over the years: Maui. We have the great fortune to have a close friend from our college days who owns a vacation place in Wailea, which he generously loans to us when it's not being used by his family. When we saw that it was not going to be booked for most of October and November, Eileen made a special request: could we use it as a two-month decompression chamber after her last day at work? Chris agreed and in early October we were off, even before the house in SF had even sold, carrying more books than clothes in our luggage.
"But won't you get bored?" a few of our friends asked us before we departed. Uh, no.
Two months on the lanai with a book and a sweeping view of the waters off South Maui from Makena to Lanai, with Molokini and Kaho'olawe smack in the middle of it, is pretty much the perfect vacation for both of us. We don't quite treat it like Bill Gates used to treat his vacations, where he would take a reading list of hardcore science tomes and MS position papers and proposals, however. Both of us are reading all the time anyway, even when we're at home, so the lanai is just an opportunity to do more of the same - with a few more naps thrown in.
In the first month, in particular, we still had to have SOME focus on real world events - like escrow and the election. Thanks to electronic signatures and wi-fi surfing, however, none of that was particularly taxing. We even managed to get a mobile notary to come to us so we could complete the closing documents!