Shoulder Season

20130507_114358There is something to be said for shoulder season.  For those of you not familiar with the term shoulder season refers to the time between seasons, typically just before the high season of any tourist destination.  I travel a lot for work and have for years.  Typically I get to experience a lot of shoulder seasons.  Shoulder season is a time for the locals and the die hards.

Shoulder season is not for the faint of heart.  Go to the beach during shoulder season and you won’t find the beach groomed and cleaned, you will find the beach as nature intended it to be.  Go to the mountains in shoulder season (pre summer) and the one thing you are almost guaranteed to find is mud.

20130507_153732The weather is often unpredictable during the shoulder seasons.  It is this unpredictability that makes shoulder season wonderful to me.  I have a closet full of coats and jackets as a result of shoulder season.  When spring has fully entrenched itself in the low altitudes one never knows what mother nature is going to bring in the Rockies.  One never knows what stores and restaurants are going to be open.  The other one sure thing about shoulder season is you are going to meet the locals.  You are going to find out where they dine and where they shop.

Do yourself a favor and go experience your favorite vacation spot during shoulder season, it will give you a new perspective on the place.

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