So I just returned from my first vacation of intern year. I started off with a couple of difficult rotations but somehow managed to get through–even learned something in the process. In all honesty, I was tired but I could have went another month easy without the vacation. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice and even at a nice time of the year (especially for Maine), but I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and I know that the time off would have come in handy during that 7 month stretch over the winter and spring without any vacation time.
But anyway, I made the best of the situation and headed up to Maine–Acadia National Park for a week of relaxation. As a side note to anyone up in the north east who hasn’t been to Maine yet–it’s nice. Real nice. I enjoyed it tremendously. I’m used to my annual trips to south carolina but I suspect that Acadia will make a nice substitute for those years when I can’t find the time for the trip down south.
Anyway, I think the keys to a good vacation are good relaxation and good eats. And I got plenty of both. It’s hard not to relax with scenary like this.
And, I was reminded why Maine is known for lobster. I think I averaged >2 pounds of lobster per day while I was there. As a side note, did anyone else know that lobster is really cheap this year? I’m not quite sure why but apparently it is. In Maine, I was paying $8 to $9 per pound. Not too shabby. I think it’s probably a little more expensive outside of Maine or the north east, but maybe not by too much. Anyways, I digress. Good eats and good relaxation. Those are the key. I made the mistake of going hiking. Now, hiking on it’s own can be relaxing and provide much needed personal satisfaction. But, when you’ve spent almost every waking moment of the last two months walking/running around the wards, up and down stairs, perhaps hiking up and down moutains is not the best idea for rest. I kid you guys not, the medial aspect of both of my big toes are completely numb. I’m not sure why but it’s been a gradual onset and I suspect it has something to do with running around/up and down stairs so much. In any case, I probably should have considered this on my first day of vacation before I
went hiking. Up and down 2 mountains. For 5 hours. With one small bottle of water. And you know what the worst part of it all is? When you get to the point where you know it will take you 2 or 3 hrs to finish the hike regardless of whether you turn back or keep going forward. Painful. Just painful. But, all grumpiness aside, the hiking in Acadia is amazing. I even went hiking every day I was there. But it just helps if you’re well rested and have food/water.
In all, it was a good intern year vacation. It took some game-time adjustments in my activity, eating and sleeping, but I’ve come away well rested and ready to hit the wards again. Not bad at all.