Friday, May 27, 2011

The British had it Right

holi·day (hälə dā′)
  1. a day of freedom from labor; day set aside for leisure and recreation
intransitive verb
CHIEFLY BRIT. to take a vacation or vacation trip

Given that Memorial Day weekend is upon us (ie a Holiday) and I am off work, I thought I would be literal about this and look the word up. Free of labor - well, I'm off work - my paying job. The catch here is the second part - "day set aside for leisure and recreation". What is involved in our recreation of camping does not qualify as "leisure". I want to "Holiday" like the British do. That sounds so much more sophisticated.

Yes, I know they conquered the world and ruled the continents and the seas long before we had planes and other travel luxuries. They saw their way through the bush in Africa and across the plains in India, yes, in tents. So civilized, with china, silver, fine wine, and aged scotch. But then again, they had their Sherpas. 

As we load the tent, the screen house, the stove, the wood, the lanterns, lamp poles, the food, the three coolers, prep table, grill, chairs, sleeping bags, air mattress, clothes, and what else will fit in the truck, I think the British had it right. Take it all, including the kitchen sink, but take your people to go ahead of you to prepare for your arrival, the Sherpas to move the loads, and the crew to clean up after you leave. Sounds like a plan to me.

I'm still looking for the Sherpas.

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