Did you take a road trip this summer? Perhaps you spent some time at the lake or on the river. Or maybe you spent some fun time on a stay-cation. You may not have thought about writing while on vacation. But, fiction and nonfiction writers alike can be inspired by their summer activities. Think back over the places you went and the experiences you had. There’s a host of writing ideas lurking in your memory.
Here are some of the thoughts I recorded from a trip to the Northwest USA in summer 2016.
I usually avoid large cities, but then, they usually have the airports! Seattle was the start and end of our tour. We got our exercise by walking the crowded streets around the hotel.The view of Mt. Rainier from the city was awesome. We passed the huge Boeing aircraft plant on the way into town. I also learned a lot about the mountain ranges along the western coast. Many of them are volcanoes. Remember Mount St. Helens? Many of them are still active.
I was amazed at the vast wheat fields of central Washington state. I discovered that Washington is ranked fifth among U. S. wheat producing states. We toured an old flour mill that is now a restaurant and tourist attraction. We also visited a winery and a farmers market attached to a fruit orchard. I gained a new appreciation for the people who grow and transport our food.
I loved the wilderness, although I we did not camp or rough it in any way. We toured Glacier National Park, a guest ranch near Kalispell, MT, and Hells Canyon on the Snake River via jet-boat. Definitely, there was some sensory overload in these places. The mountains, the “Big Sky,” the glaciers and rivers—all testify to the glory of creation and the God who made it all.
Journal Your Summer
Nobody’s going to require you to write an essay about your summer vacation. But, do try to get your remembrances down on paper or into your computer. Preserve your summer experience as raw material for your writing. You’ll be glad you did.
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Seattle photo source: https://pixabay.com/en/seattle-washington-city-urban-870282/