Stacation – a new buzz word for vacationing from home.
In these tight financial times the Lord continues to provide creative ways for families to take time to play together.
As it says in Philippians 4:19 NKJV “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
He also provides us with creativity, so lets be creative!
We’ve done this a lot and have found it to be a fun way to take time together as a family and to do it rather inexpensively.
Do you know we lived about ten minutes from Mall of America for 14 years and only visited it when we had out of town guests? How crazy is that? People travel all the way from Japan to shop there and we never took advantage of exploring it unless we had guests. Now that we live 100 miles from it every once in a while we talk about going there.
Realizing this got me thinking of other places that we just don’t think to visit, but that we would explore if we were traveling through a state or going somewhere on vacation.
One year when we were studying Minnesota history we decided to visit as many of the state’s historical sites as we could. Most of them were day trips. We read about them before going and really enjoyed the hands on lessons we got from visiting them.
I’ve taken to stopping at rest stops and tourist information stops to see what is happening locally and check for any coupons or special offers they have for people vacationing in our state. I’ve found some great discounts and BOGO offers too.
Our family stayed home this last 4th of July to get some work done around the house. We did use Sunday after church for a little stacation. We went to a little fishing museum we had just heard about that was only 25 miles from our town. As usual we looked for interesting things along the road as we drove while listening to our audio book – family multi-tasking!
One of the things we found was Treasure City. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll just show you some photos.
We also stopped at a vegetable market and had fun talking with the older gentleman who was running it.
A few years ago we happened upon one of our greatest finds. We discovered it in Owatonna, MN when we went to shop at Cabellas. We saw a sign that said, “Orphanage Museum”. It piqued our interest so we decided to check it out. We ended up spending several hours there and telling others about it and taking guests to see it.
It was not exactly fun, but very interesting and educational. It was built during the depression. When families could no longer afford to care for their children they took them to the Orphanage Museum. Isn’t that sad? The museum was filled with sections that told the stories of individual orphans or several siblings who had been left there. It sounds like they were well cared for but one can only imagine what a difficult choice this must have been for both parents and children. The little cemetery out back still tugs at my mother’s heart.
Once again – only an hour from home and very inexpensive to tour, but very educational and eye opening for our whole family. I never knew such places existed.
They have a very nice website if you would like to visit it online. http://www.orphanagemuseum.com/
What’s in your town, neighborhood, or state that you have never thought to visit? Read those signs and check them out – you never know what a treasure you’ll find.
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