Staycation [noun]

1. staycation

A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.

Even though I live and work in New York, I don’t always get to enjoy all it has to offer, what with my work commitments, but I sure did have an awesome time here during my spring staycation.

2. staycation

A vacation spent close to home.

With the price of gas soaring, a staycation is what most Americans will experience during the summer of 2008.

Being urban farmers, it’s really hard to “get away” without any sort massive planning efforts. So for us finding fun in our own backyard has been the norm for our family for many years. Being tied to the land we don’t have the luxury to just pick up an go any old time we like. It’s been good experience for us to have such local travel habits and local holiday outlook. Now with the higher gas prices people are beginning to realize that their holiday plans and travel habits are forced to change.

Yesterday, we enjoyed had a little holiday outing-picnic in the lower Arroyo Seco with family, friends and even goats.  It’s been quite an unusually cool (chilly) holiday weekend – definitely not like the beach weather we experienced last weekend.

The sun peeked through just in time for the picnic and afterwards is was time to take a walk with the goats.

 Yum, look at all that good food.  Time to dig in

 After the picnic it was time to work off all that good food with a short hike

 Goats under the historic and beauiful Colorado Bridge

 Walking the goats is a relxing way to spend an afternoon

 “I’m pooped”!  On the way back home, Fairlight rests her head on Urban Heidi’s lap.  Ahhhhh, how sweet.

Will you be staycationing at home this summer?

What local jaunts will you be planning to re-discover or how will you go about creating fun and community closer to home?

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  1. Gerry Medland says:

    I too will be staying home this year due to my commitments,but it is not a trouble to do this.I enjoy my surroundings and doing different tasks is sort of a break anyway!PLUS,I would not want to miss any posts from PTF!
    blessings from my side of the pond
    gerry mx

  2. luvnschooln says:

    One of the many benefits of being homeschoolers is NOT having to travel when:
    1. it’s crowded
    2. it’s HOT
    3. gas prices are higher!

    I’ll be enjoying being closer to home without the busy school schedule, tending my square-foot garden, and having time to do more cooking from scratch and crafts.

    Thanks for your website- it’s an inspiration!

  3. Jan says:

    Yup staying home also! But we rarely go places anyways. We went 2 places last year due to sickness’ and a death in the family. But we enjoy staying at home. We have our sometimes daily trips to the local lake for some fishing and camping, if we really want to get away.!!

    Help others around here set there tobacco also. And the kids go to grandmas house alot!

  4. Absent says:

    When my family had Nubian dairy goats, we would take them for walks near our house. Your entry brought back fond memories.

  5. Jenn says:

    I rarely take an actual vacation per se, and won’t be taking anything official this summer either. I’m really just looking forward to staying home, working some more on making my apartment more of a homestead, writing my dissertation, and just taking it easy. If I do travel at all, it will be the way I normally go, by train or by bus.

  6. AnnaMarie says:

    I’ve made my home such a haven that my husband and I have no desire to go away from it. We have traveled the U.S. extensively in your younger days but other than our driving need to actually *live* 2500 miles away I don’t have any need to go on short stays to other places.

    Your blog makes me want goats more and more. I keep wondering how my Corgis are going to react to these interesting creatures.

  7. Devin Quince says:

    Just took little jaunt to camp with some other homesteaders here in Minnesota now that most of the crops are in the ground and growing. We also enjoy staycationing around the stead. No crowds or touristy things to deal with.

  8. Ken Kunst says:

    This summer we’ll be involved with our own “victory garden” efforts, and a neighborhood garden two doors down that I helped to organize. We like to camp up in the incredible redwood forests along the eel river every summer, but it is a 3+ hour drive, and the drive will be expensive this time! For just a few days, it really does re-energize one’s spirit to be amongst those trees, and swim in beautiful river water. Living in Napa, where everybody from all over the world comes, sometimes it helps to get away from it all. We’ll see what happens…I never plan too far ahead anyway.

  9. Carolyn says:

    I love that you took the Goats for a walk. Too Cute!


  10. Sue says:

    Our homescool group does field trips around town a couple times a month. For our closing get-together we’ve been planning all year to camp at a place in another state, four hours away. With the price of gas we changed this to our nearest state park, which is only an hour away. The moms all breathed a collective sigh of relief knowing we aren’t going to waste as much gas. And the kids are thrilled we’re still going camping.

  11. Anais says:

    Great Staycation stories and suggestions everyone. Thanks for sharing

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