Everyone asked, "What are you going to do with your bonus??"
"I'm going to Maine," I answered.
The reaction was mostly the same: Maine? Why? Have you been there before?
"No, I've never been. But I really want to go."
Finally, a friend, one of the supervisors, had a better question, "Where are you going in Maine?"
Oh. I hadn't thought that far ahead. All I knew was that I wanted to go to Maine. He recommended Bar Harbour. I looked it up. It was on the water and had a national park. And that was where I went. That trip is at least a blog post in itself, but let me just say that trip justified my fascination with Maine. It's magical, as far as I'm concerned. I was able to go up a few more times since then, usually involving a work trip. Then, in 2010, I was able to spend a week there, for a workshop.
Now, here's the kicker…I went in February. Cold. Snowy. Beautiful. Still magical.