Yay! It is summer! This is the first summer I am taking completely off since embarking on my teaching career over ten years ago. Every year I worked to supplement my income, furthered my education and/or prepared for the next school year during the summer. I am not complaining, I did take vacations during the summer with my family. I just never took the summer off like some of my colleagues. A great number of my colleagues do like I did and work to supplement their income during the summer. This summer, though, is different. Even though I am still having some difficulty turning it completely off, hence this blog, I am going without an agenda. I am travelling, exploring places I have not been to before, meeting interesting people and experiencing life as I go. I know this doesn’t sound like a destination vacation, but I am in Iowa. I have already enjoyed local cuisine and visited some of the nearby sites, including Maquoketa Caves. Who knew there were caves in the middle of cornfields? Later this summer I am heading to the northeast for a family event and I will get to visit New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. I can’t wait. I would love to hear from fellow educators who are enjoying their summer. Where are you going? What are you doing?