There is an occupational hazard to having a job that you love, and that requires a lot of travel. In the 11 years I’ve been at VMNH as a full-time employee, I’ve had a total of three non-working, out-of-town vacations. That’s not to say I haven’t had any vacation time at all, but it’s usually limited to a day or two at the end of a conference or excavation, while on the drive back home, or a couple of days at home doing house repairs (not my idea of a vacation).
So, after two straight weeks of grant and manuscript writing, and since my boss has been bugging me to use a few of my several hundreds of hours of accumulated leave time, we’re going to spend the next 10-14 days in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and anyplace else that strikes our fancy (at least, anyplace else in the northeastern US). For at least part of the time we’ll be visiting Acadia National Park.
Of course, in a way it will still be a working vacation, since I’ll be writing blog posts about interesting natural history-related sites along the way. The blog doesn’t get a vacation, even if I do!