It’s great to get away, but sometimes those vacations tend to be busy and not as much of a rest as you’d hoped.

But last month, a relaxing vacation was on the menu.

Mom, my dog Lucy and I headed to Orange Beach, Alabama. It was Lucy’s first trip to the beach. She wasn’t really allowed on the beach but she enjoyed hanging out in the sunshine on the balcony and smelling the beachy air.

Although, I believe Lucy’s favorite part of the trip was staying in a hotel on the way down and way home. You see, Lucy loves her bed. That’s no exaggeration. She would stay in bed all day long if she could. She’s quite the diva.

When she got to the hotel there were two, count them two, beds in one room. She couldn’t believe it. She spent a lot of her time jumping back and forth between the two. She may be a diva but she knows how to enjoy the simple things.

On this trip, mom and I decided to just kick back and relax. We were in no rush and had no real plan, just relaxing.

The weather was phenomenal. All but one day had perfect temperatures and you didn’t feel like you’d melt when you stepped outside. I prefer the beach in October.

We would go out to the beach every morning and stay until about 2 p.m. There we’d read, look at the beauty of God’s creation and listen to the peaceful sounds of ocean waves. Occasionally we’d get in the water or collect seashells. I actually finished three books while relaxing on the beach.

Then we’d rest a bit in the afternoon and eat dinner early to avoid crowds. While resting, I finished three beach-themed puzzles. It was nice.

One afternoon we decided to skip the beach and went to the little Gulf Coast Zoo. While it was the hottest day when we were there it didn’t seem to matter because it was fun to walk around and see the animals, including some beautiful big cats.

The food on the trip was great as usual but it was the surroundings of the place we chose on the last night that made it a perfect night to say goodbye to the beach. It was a little pricey but we decided to splurge, we were on vacation, after all, and had to get back to reality the next day.

It was on a harbor and we sat outside where we could watch the boats coming in and out and you could see the sun slowly setting on the horizon. We took in the view, took our time eating a great meal and had the best salad dressing I’ve ever tasted. I have to figure out how to make it.

The week was so nice it was sad to say goodbye to the beach, especially when we left 80 degrees and came home to 50.

But the week proved that sometimes you just need a break from the business of life. Joy can be found sitting on the beach and reading a good book without the need to run around everywhere all the time.

If you can’t get to the beach, find a great view of these fall colors out of a window or outside by a fire pit and simply sit and read a book there. Find somewhere to just rest and be still. There’s something very therapeutic in it.

Or, be like Lucy and jump on a bed. That’s fun, too.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.