Economy's tough, so take a 'staycation'

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

You’ve heard it for months: tough economy, high gas and food prices equal tightening our budgets. The effects have hit every part of our daily lives, including our leisure time.

Even so, many people are taking it in stride and choosing a “staycation” — staying close to home for vacation — instead of that more expensive trip they’d planned as a family last winter.

If you’re considering staying home for vacation, here are three ideas to boost that sense of still getting away from it all:

Camp out — at home. Pitch a tent in the back yard, cook out on the camp stove, roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories around the fire pit (if you have one; remember to observe all safety precautions), and gaze up at the night sky as you prepare to drift off under the stars. Bonus: No camping permit required.

Play tourist for the day. Grab your camera, pick up a map of the Lincoln and other historic sites in downtown Springfield and surrounding areas, and go sightseeing. Bonus: Park your car and take the trolley tour of Springfield sites. It runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All-day fares are $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 kids. Go to and search on “Springfield trolley tours”; click on the second listing.

Pack a picnic and hit the trails. Pick a park, slather on sunscreen and bug repellent, tie on your hiking shoes. Nothing works up an appetite like walking the trails and breathing in fresh air. Bonus: It’s free, and you’ll get some exercise.

Springfield State Journal-Register