Florida! I think, scheduling my trip for work. I have visions of the beach as I pack my swimsuit. Not during work hours, of course, but surely there would be some time to run in the sand, or watch a sunset, maybe.
My hopes and dreams were quickly dashed. The beach was too far away to legitimately go on a work trip. What's more, we arrived to a freezing conference room in which we sat for eight hours a day. Wearing a sweater, I looked at the palm trees waving in the 90 degree breeze outside. I guess the beach was nice, but I never made it there.
There are probably many occupations where employees could cheerfully tool around the state in the rental car and see the sights while on a work trip. Mine isn't one of them. As government employees, people look at us mistrustfully all the time. We have even had people yell, "My tax dollars at work," when they see us waiting in a field for the helicopter to return from dropping water on a fire that otherwise might threaten their homes.
So there are many places I have been on work trips yet not really seen. Several national parks. Cities like LA and charming small towns. When people ask, "did you go to..." I have to sadly say no. Even parking an agency vehicle at a trailhead for a run or hike is not always considered okay.
Still, I at least get to go to some of these places. So I make the best of it. I nag whoever is driving to pull over briefly so I can take a picture. In Florida, I made a beeline for the pool when the meeting was done. It was supposed to snow when I arrived home, so I joined a snorkeling child in the water. The water was warm and there were no sharks. It was almost as good as the beach!
|I'm told there's a beach.|