by James M Jackson
There are (at least) three schools of thought regarding winter vacations. One, especially attractive to those in higher latitudes, is a vacation to someplace warm. The opposite is preferred by those who enjoy winters sports, specifically seeking out a cold location, usually with plentiful snow. The third is a destination vacation that may or may not include one of the previously-mentioned aspects.
Since I live in lowcountry Georgia in the winter, escaping cold is no longer an issue for me. I can embrace cold for limited durations when I know I can escape it by returning home. Last year about this time we traveled to Churchill, Manitoba to view the northern lights—a destination vacation that some thought marked me as loony. Temps dropped well below zero Fahrenheit, but we had a great time and accomplished our mission of witnessing the aurora borealis.
My characters take vacations as well. Seamus McCree, his mother and six-year-old granddaughter are vacating in the novella “Low Tide at Tybee,” which was just released as a single and as part of the anthology Lowcountry Crime: Four Novellas.
This year, we’re using the excuse of Left Coast Crime’s meeting in Hawaii to spend nearly a month exploring the islands. We leave mid-March and return in April. We’ll spend time on Oahu, the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Kauai.
Toss up questions for our readers. Feel free to answer one or both. Do you seek warmth, snow, or a destination for your actual or hypothetical winter vacation? Given we’re unlikely to visit Hawaii again, what should we be sure to see or do?