It’s time to get away

My wife, Lisa, and I got married two days before Thanksgiving last year. Although we’ve taken a few family trips to Florida since then and had quick long weekends in St. Louis and Chicago, we didn’t take an official honeymoon.

That will change this week. After helping to publish this week’s issue of Handsome county citizen in bed Tuesday, Lisa and I are heading to Grapevine, Texas. We’ll spend the night there, then fly out of Dallas-Fort Worth airport on Wednesday, heading to the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s annual convention in San Francisco.

I get first place in the foundation’s annual newspaper competition. I am certainly very excited about this, but it is also very humbling to be honored in this way. I look forward to attending the awards ceremony and other events associated with the convention, but I also look forward to spending quality time with Lisa and seeing San Francisco. We call it our honeymoon and we intend to make the most of it.

I’ve been to California three times — all three trips to San Diego. The first was a business trip over 20 years ago, when I worked as the editor of a national newspaper focused on the for-hire trucking industry. I returned in 2011 and 2015 to see my two sons graduate from basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

On my last trip, I changed planes at San Francisco airport on the way to San Diego and again at Los Angeles airport on the way back to Dallas, but that’s the extent of my California experience outside of San Diego. Lisa went to California once, driving to Los Angeles with friends when she was 18. She still talks about that trip.

Lisa, by the way, is a former cross-country flying pro. Before the pandemic hit in 2020, she traveled a lot for work. She knows the ins and outs of navigating an airport, handling baggage, and even how to watch the movie in flight. For my part, I have flown four times in the last 20 years. I used to fly, it seemed, twice a month, but that was a long time ago. I fly so rarely now that the whole process still feels new to me. I’m glad to have Lisa to help guide me this time around.

We haven’t made many specific plans for our four days in San Francisco, but we’re looking forward to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, eating seafood on Pier 39, and maybe seeing the giant sequoias. I’m sure there will be a lot of things that will catch our attention. The weather is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous, with high temperatures ranging in the low to mid-70s and plenty of sunshine.

We both work pretty hard and we both have somewhat stressful jobs. We will both have our laptops with us, but hopefully we won’t have to open them. I look forward to being able to relax and have fun, just a little time.

It will be fun to celebrate personal happiness and professional success. And we’re just getting started.

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Scott Loftis is editor of Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is [email protected]

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