MancationA few weeks ago, I got to do one of my favorite things of the year: Mancation. The funny part is, I think I owe it to Oprah. You see, Jen and I have been married for nearly 18 years. We both remember watching an Oprah episode a long time ago-B.C. (before children) where couples talked about how they took separate vacations. Our thought was, “Why the hell would you do that?!” Well folks, after being together as long as we have, the new question is, “Why the hell wouldn’t you?!”

Jen took a cruise a few years ago with a couple of her high school buddies and had a nice getaway free of children, the husband, the business, etc. After she returned, I started wondering how I could do something similar for myself on a low budget. Turns out friends of ours have a beach house on the south end of Seaside and they generously offered it up to me. It was the perfect escape.

This year was my second trip and it was just as thrilling as last year. Found a great little place, U Street Pub right down the street from where I was staying. Ventured into town and found Seaside Brewing. Of course a nap was required after all that beer business.

On day two, I explored the beach down near Oswald West State Park then made it to Astoria on day three. I hadn’t been to Astoria in a long time and I totally fell in love. I plan on “dragging” the entire family back for Father’s Day.

On the way back to Portland (and reality), I stopped at Saddle Mountain and had a great hike to the top. It was a cloudless day and I was able to see so much from the top of the mountain.

“What about Jen?” you ask. Well, she’s got a conference that meets every so often in Bend. She’s got her little escape and I’ve got mine. Everyone’s a winner.

The moral of the story is; think about taking time for yourself every so often. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself and possibly your relationship.

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