Just wondering if anyone has got special vacation plans this year
So far this is what our plans look like:
Memorial weekend will see us in Bellingham to celebrate granddaughter's sixth birthday.
The end of June our son is getting married in California. We will likely drive there, and in the process get to see parts of central Oregon going down and eastern Oregon on the return.
Middle of July the high school I graduated from is having an all school reunion in conjunction with the city's 100th anniversary. I will be able to visit my folks in the process too. I will be going down by myself as my wife and son are in a community play that same weekend--I will be able to attend the play the subsequent weekend.
August we plan on going to Don and Meri's wedding. It will be a short three day weekend trip for us.
Somewhere along the line we want to find time to go to a state park in Idaho for a few days as well.
So, anyone else have any big plans? Or are staycations in the works?
Hi Gramps! We went to Florida in April to visit family down there. In May we are going to Iowa to see our daughter-in-law graduate from Drake, in June we are going to Washington to visit our youngest son, his wife and our grandson, and in July we are going to Michigan with friends, just for fun. Last weekend we went to a winery and brewery here in WI with our middle son and his wife and our friends. The end of May we are going to Janesville WI to see the Blue Angels in an airshow. So we are really rocking and rolling this summer. Wisconsin summers are so short that we realy have to squeeze in a lot of fun quickly.
Kiddos get out of school in three weeks already! This will be the least special vacation plans we've had in many years! Usually we spend a week going somewhere. The last three years we went to the beach in Florida; three years before that upstate NY to visit friends.
We bought a fifth wheel camper a few months ago, and just brought it home two weeks ago; have yet to use it. It has a toy hauler, so we can take the motorcycle with us, and the kids' dirt bike. We're hoping for the maiden voyage Memorial weekend down to Lake of the Ozarks (all you Missourians know what I'm talking about). Perhaps Branson some time this summer, or N. Arkansas. It will be fun to park it and go see the sights on the motorcycle.
We'll probably do some short camping trips this summer. There are lots of places in MO I've never seen, but we might go further as well. My younger son wants to go to New Mexico for some reason, which is fine with me if we have time. I would like to go to Wilmington NC to see an aunt and three cousins I haven't seen since I was a little kid, but doubt the schedule will allow this year. We might have a week in August to take a longer trip, but we'll see as it gets closer.
Kiddos and I are floating/camping with youth group first weekend in June. We went last year, but the river was too high to float, so we have rain checks (an appropriate name ). That's on the Niangua river, a couple hours from here. My cousin usually organizes a float trip in August as well, on the Meremac.
VBS will take up a week in June.
We need to go visit the grandbabies in Kansas City, and keep an eye on the folks; my mother is two hours away, St. Louis, his parents an hour past that. That will take up some weekends most likely. My kids want to spend a good part of the summer with their grandfather in St. Louis because he will take them golfing every day and get lessons for them. And they can enjoy their grandmother's (their father's mom) fabulous cooking.
Then of course, there's the chatter's get together in late Sept in MN; looking forward to that! Don't think we're taking the camper since it will be such a quick trip.
Hubby and I had such a great time on our belated honeymoon this past January, that we decided to make it an annual event, and will probably go somewhere this winter again, just the two of us.
No reunions or weddings this year that we know of, and hopefully no funerals, but those seem to be coming with more frequency these days.
That's all, nothing exotic this year. Next year my older son is eligible for the national LCMS youth gathering in New Orleans; I'm hoping to go as chaperone and take my younger son as well, although he will have just completed only the 8th grade.
Happy you and your wife are able to come to our wedding in August. So far the summer plans are selling my home, getting my two sons placed in a house-sitting arrangement, retiring from 34 years of teaching, moving to Oregon- marrying a wonderful man and going on our honeymoon on the Oregon Coast for a few days then off camping in the pop-up. Know of any good places to visit/camp in Washington and Oregon?
Mine, of course, is the trip to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. That shoots the budget for this year. And maybe beyond. But hope to drive up to Tennessee and see #2 son sometime during the Fall. I'd love to see the Smokies in full living color again.
Hi everyone! have not posted for a while, been busy with my four grandkids.
As for me and summer vacations, I will go to Alaska. Doing a road trip once I get there, and just hang around with my son and all the friends I have there. Should be fun, and the days will go to fast, I know. Next year, my friend and I want to take the marine hwy. there. But for now I will fly and then do the bus/car/train thing!! can't wait!!
April went to Florida, May - no big trips, just weekend camping. June is VBS, then North Carolina for Nephew's wedding, July - Missouri for Shelby's horse camp and visiting family (and I hope Smiley!), August - not sure yet. Shelby and I usually try to go somewhere every weekend - whether it is the zoo, fishing, another state, visiting friends.....trying to cram all we can into summer vacation - the months go by so fast!
taking the whole family - boss, (who gets to pick up the tab) kids, kid in law, grands - who whee this might be fun.
taking the amtrak out and back - hope the grands are as happy getting on for the flip flop as they are going west. might be a loooooong trip with the younger ones.
have rented a house for the time being - on the ocean - heck - it was about the size of a downpayment on a house here.
we are real close to your wedding - but two weeks later. bummer bummer bummer.
expect to have one awesome time!
and when we get back - packing the 5th wheel and heading north for a week - kid lives on one of those roads that has a gazillion mile yard sale - and we are cleaning house! gotta get rid of a whole lot of stuff. we have too much stuff.
I took Mama and my son back to Minnesota several years ago on Amtrak. Left Portland at 4:00 pm, and hit Spokane at 1:00 am. Needless to say, all that beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery was passed through over night! Both ways, by the way!
On the way back, we were luck enough to have a genuine ol' phart relic of years past, Dallas McKennon, who played Cincinnatus on Daniel Boone all those long years ago. Turns out he lives in Tigard, just across the freeway from me. He and Mom had a heck of a 1,000 mile conversation. He got free passage for mingling and BS-ing with the passengers. Maybe they've booked a similar "interesting person" on your trip!
A couple of years ago for my now husband's birthday, I told him we were doing something on such and such a date, and to just be available all day. He was very agreeable, although somewhat apprehensive and very curious. The kids and I picked him up in the morning and I started driving. He had no clue where we were headed. I went to Jefferson City, parked downtown, and he still didn't know what was up. When we got to the train station, he figured out we were going for a ride, but still didn't know which direction, Kansas City or St. Louis. He had told me before that he had never been on a train, and wanted to do that one day. Anyway, we boarded the train, and since our seats were facing east, he assumed we were heading that way. Only when we pulled out heading west, did he even know what direction we were headed in. Finally we got to Kansas City, where his son and little granddaughter were waiting for us. It was such a nice surprise for him! We spent the afternoon, then turned around and went back. He told me that was the best birthday present he had ever had.
I've already crossed one thing to do off of my list this summer. The kids and I went camping and floating last weekend on the Niangua river, with our church youth group. The weather could not have been more perfect, and the river was beautiful, although very very cold as it is spring fed. On the way home I turned into Ha Ha Tonka state park, one that was on my list of places to visit this summer. A guy bought 5000 acres in the early 1900's and started to build a castle there. He died a year after he started construction, and his sons finished it 14 years later. It burned down in the 40's I think, but the walls are still standing. It was quite impressive! We also hiked down a trail to a natural rock bridge.
This is the water tower that was built to provide water to the castle. The interior of this was also burned in the 70's. Behind me was a very steep bluff going down to the spring, hundreds of feet down.
Back in the 60's, my husband frequently went to Detroit on business, so one Friday evening the boys and I took the train from Lansing to Detroit where he met us. We took in a Tiger baseball game and spent the weekend. That was not unusual for us, but we didn't usually do it by train. It was a great experience for them. My daughter once had the "joy" of taking a sixth grade class of students from Jacksonville to Washington, DC by train. That was her reward for being named Teacher of the Year for her school. Actually, she had a great time, but you can imagine how exhausting it was keeping a class of 20 6th graders corralled on a train.
When we lived in South Florida, we occasionally took Amtrak to Miami for a day of shopping. It was really quicker to drive, but it was always fun to go by train and not have to worry about traffic or parking and when friends visited from the north, they always enjoyed it.
ugh! we are doing the mountains in the day time - both out and back - and the whole gang is hoping to be in the observation car.
i understand a park ranger will be on the train with us from denver to grand junction. we leave denver at 7 am and get to slc at 11 pm - supposed to be gorgeous scenery that day.
we did the Super Chief back in 85 - and while i don't recall any famous people on the train - there sure were a whole lot of just ordinary folks that turned out to be real characters! at that time the train split into three trains in slc - and we wonder if the young man with the guitar was on the right train when it split. we shall never know.
travel is always a hoot.
the grands are super travelers - we are loaded with snacks, games, dvd player, laptop, and 5 adults for three children. plus 5 cameras! we should do fine!
just too bad we couldn't schedule it to be out your way too!
Just firmed up our trip to California. Will be driving to Klamath Falls on the 24th. Next day drive into San Jose. Will be staying with rest of family in Redwood City. Sunday will be returning through Burns. Will be taking a quick tour of John Day Fossil Beds on Monday. Then heading home.
Wife wants to know why I am so insistent on going through eastern Oregon. Only reason I can give is, because it's there.
From where you are, I could see a number of ways south, many which I have yet to take! I've always wanted to go down from Pendleton to John Day, or Heppner and Spray. Sounds like you're going straight down Hwy 97. At any rate, it's easier than going way over to I-5 and south, even if it is a freeway.
When you do hit I-5, though, isn't that at Weed? See if you can get a picture of that sign that points to "College" one way, and "Weed" the other. <g>
On return trip we move over to 395 at Redding. From John Day Fossil Beds we head north on H 19 to H209 back to 395
Mapquest and Rand McNalley both route us down 97. Google maps, though would send us down 95. Been on that route before. Problem is there is NO civilization from Payette, ID to Winammuca NV. There is Jordon Valley, but no motel.
well, this is after the fact, but we basically spent a whole month this summer in several different western states....
my kids flew to oregon by themselves on july 2nd to oregon (they had a stewardess sit with them during the flights and stayed with them during their layover) - they got to spend a week with their grandparents (my in-laws), and they had a great time....
then on the 8th, i packed up the car and drove, by myself, from colorado to oregon....i stayed over 2 nights before getting to oregon myself, and i got to stay in burley, idaho (cute tiny little town), and in the dalles, oregon (had a spectacular view, and my room was just awesome!! had a private patio with chairs, so i sat out there and enjoyed the scenery!)
met up with my kids and about 90 of my husband's relatives on the 10th for a family reunion at silver falls state park in oregon....it was a really nice time, and the kids enjoyed it immensely....
on the 12th, after the reunion, we drove to battle ground, washington, and spent the night there, to attend a funeral for my husband's 2nd cousin...it was quite sad, but i'm so glad we decided to go....
i decided during that trip driving from silver falls to battle ground, that i absolutely detest driving through portland and driving in washington (no offense to those that live there - it just made me SO unbearably nervous!!)
after the funeral, we drove to ashland, oregon, and spent the night there...daughter enjoyed swimming in the pool at every hotel we stayed at!!
then drove from ashland straight into southern california (12 hour drive - egads) - we stopped at mt. shasta on the way for gas and got a couple pics, and we got a big chuckle out of the sign for weed, california, that said "enjoy weed!" - wish i had gotten a picture of that!!
stayed in so cal for 2 weeks and had a ball visiting my sister and her family, my dad and stepmom, had brunch with an old high school friend that i haven't seen since like 1995, and then had lunch with same HS friend, and another friend from HS that i haven't seen since i graduated!! we all brought our kids and they played at game works in the ontario mills mall while we caught up....also went to castle park in riverside to play in the arcade and go miniature golfing (all the rides were closed for the day for a job fair)....had lunch with another friend at the elephant bar, which was to DIE for, and great company!! also went and saw the new harry potter movie, my sister and i, along with 6 kids!!
while there, we were on the 91 fwy, and actually got caught up in a high speed chase with about 17 cop cars all with lights and sirens blaring!! completely FREAKED me out, and in my whole entire life i've never EVER seen one actually taking place, but now i have!!
drove through nevada, a tiny corner of arizona, and utah on the way back, and stayed in st. george, utah for 2 nights (had tried to go to zion, but got lost, then totally rained on, so we had to scrap that idea)....we finally got home on the 31st!!
all total, i ended up driving about 3000 miles - not something i want to duplicate any time soon, but for us, it really was the trip of a lifetime, and now i know that i can handle something like that all by myself - and we had an absolute blast!!
So, what did you think of Silver Creek Falls State Park? I grew up with that in my back yard. People in Silverton would get an oat and say "Let's go to the falls" at any time of the year, and off we'd go! Did you hike around the seven waterfalls? The neat part is walking behind two of them!
Strange... Meri's shown me Battleground Lake State Park, in WA, which is near where SHE grew up. I know that I-5 stretch to Ashlandistan very well... but really don't have a desire to go further south than the exit to San Francisco.
don, i've actually been to silver falls state park many, many times - every time we have a reunion, that is where it is held, at the conference center (we've been doing this since 1995, i believe, every other year).....i've been on the falls hike 2 or 3 times and have been behind the falls twice, i think, but my knees just won't let me do it anymore, so the last few times i've been, i've sat it out....it is absolutely GORGEOUS there, just breathtaking!!
i ended up doing a VERY scenic tour of battle ground because i got hopelessly lost trying to find the church the funeral was being held, and it was just so quaint - quite a bit bigger than i had anticipated it being, but still had that small town feel, and quite lovely....
how odd that i ended up in the exact two places that you and meri grew up!!
Congratulations on your trip! My husband died a year and a half ago, and I know how difficult it is to do these things by yourself. It sounds as though you made wonderful memories for you and your kids, and it doesn't get any better than that.
Good for you A&BMom! Sounds fun. I've always done solo vacation trips with my kids since they were babies; their dad never wanted to go, then we were divorced and it was by myself or nothing, so we went! And every time was awesome. My (now) husband couldn't believe I would jump in my car with over 250,000 miles on it and drive to Florida or New York with two kids by myself, but I figured the worst that would happen is I would break down and have to call a tow truck and rent a car. Nothing ever happened though.
Last year when hubby and I got married we planned a big trip out west for the four of us, first time. At the last minute his dad was in the hospital, so kiddos and I jumped in the car and headed to Florida instead.
This year we are finally going on a trip, all four of us. We're headed to Branson next week. We were planning to camp, but the seats aren't finished in the big truck, so we're going the hotel route, much to my sons' delight! Looking forward to seeing some shows (Baldknobbers), museums (probably Titanic and Ripley's), putt putt golf, go-carts, swimming, Ride The Ducks, lounging by the pool in the above 90 heat that's predicted. I'm sad that I'm not even leaving the state this year, and am really missing the beach, but it will be fun! Anything beats working