We have all been there: Those times we have saved, planned, packed, traveled and arrived at our vacation destination only to find the weather is miserable!
I was “stuck” in a condo for five days with 7 of my nearest and dearest relatives once when visiting Captiva, Island in Florida. A tropical storm was brewing and the weather was awful. It was impossible to take the boats out, to fish, or to enjoy the beach, which was our plan for our time at Captiva.
Oh, and there was the time I was in Arches National Park and the temperature was 102 degrees. You know that saying, “But it’s a dry heat”? Not True! The weather was crazy hot and I spotted someone attempting to sell firewood. What?
And the time I flew to Costa Rica to see an active volcano. The visibility was limited to about 20 feet because of rain and fog. In fact, I am not even sure there was a volcano! Again, the weather was a problem.
But the really crazy one was booking a snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park. And the departure morning temperature was negative 37 degrees. And, yes, you read that correctly. Negative 37 degrees! Freezing cold weather for Floridians.
What do you do when the weather turns south? Do you stay locked in your hotel, condo, or house?
Card games and Apple TV will only keep you busy for so long.
Indoor activities are great. Museums, spas, indoor tours, breweries/wineries, and shopping. Try to have a loose list of indoor interests before you depart for your trip just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate with your plans. Also, know lots of other vacationers will be thinking the same thing, so arrive at these places early or visit during lunchtime and early afternoon for fewer crowds.
My final solution, get out in the weather! You might be surprised what you find when you brave the elements.
It is important to have the proper clothing and gear. But seeing places in a ‘different light’ puts a new and sometimes more beautiful perspective on the world.