I love the mountains. My husband loves the coast. But we both love nature and outdoor recreation, so any vacation that affords us rest and relaxation in the great outdoors is usually fine with both of us. We just returned from a trip to the Florida Keys. Alpine dreamer or no, I must admit that seeing avocado and mango orchards, coconut groves, sea grapes, and a variety of fragrant, flowering trees warmed this gardener's heart.
I didn't take nearly as many photos as I should have/could have/might have. We were just too busy snorkeling and fishing and were hardly ever on dry land during the day. But I have returned from vacation with a renewed energy and interest in my garden. I also have a new appreciation for its diminutive size; it affords us more time to enjoy other activities as well.
I love gardening and gardens, but I am finding, to my surprise, that a small garden is plenty enough to make me happy. I am sure that not everyone feels the same way. In fact, I can well understand the opposite, that some would prefer to spend to spend most of their time working and playing in their own gardens. But it is not a bad thing to understand our limitations, whatever they might be, and simplicity can be splendid.