Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Price of Vacation
The price of taking a vacation is adding up. Almost to the cost of feeling very guilty about such wasteful spending. A year ago when we planned it the cost of gas wasn't so high. The cost of food was quite a bit lower. Boarding the dog, went way up this year.
Rent the cabin for 800, figure gas will cost us around 600, the dog boarding costs 270, loss of income for 3 weeks 3500. Food another 300 or more. Getting the bikes ready 100, new hitch on the new van 500 and the list goes on and on and on.
I try to tell myself that I work hard all year and I haven't taken a vacation, a true vacation for 8 years. But still. It is a lot of money. And the Black Hills isn't even that far away. This trip will cost me more then it did when I went to Canada for a week fishing 15 years ago. I am seriously tempted to just cancel the whole thing and go camping locally on my 6 days off. 8 dollars a night. 15 for a fishing license. 4 bucks for sunscreen and 2 dollars for worms.
I don't know how a whole family can afford it. Staying in a motel, going to amusement parks, out to eat. Yikes.
Off to work tonight. I am hoping and praying it is a good night. We are once again expecting severe weather. They keep saying golf ball size hail. Oh my poor van. Hope it is wrong. We are suppose to be running around getting some chores done but can't budge Rick from working on his motorcycle. I will give him another 15 minutes and go onmy own. We are suppose to have rain the next week so I won't miss out on any bike riding days. Now I will keep my fingers crossed my toe survives the weekend without a bed or cart rolling across my toe.
Posted by Julie at 10:56 AM