Another day, another list... Mar 22, 2020 18:07:36 GMT
Post by doc on Mar 22, 2020 18:07:36 GMT
Favorite vacation destinations....
10. British Columbia - rode our bikes from Seattle to Vancouver with about 2,000 other riders. Once in Vancouver we traveled north to Squamish for a week. This would be higher had it not been for the wildfires raging out of control in Eastern BC and Washington.
9. Tampa/ St. Pete - my wife's aunt had a place outside St. Pete and we spent several vacations there when our kids were much younger. Great memories but all the old folks would freak out when our kids would get in the swimming pool at the condo.
8. Lima, Ohio - I grew up in a family of 8, we lived paycheck to paycheck, I never went on a vacation with my mom and dad - dad never took off work - but every summer we got to spend a week in Lima with our grandmother (mom's mom). We looked forward to that week like you can't believe. She was an amazing cook and made us anything we wanted and every meal ended with a little dish of ice cream. Such fond memories.
7. Hilton Head - We've taken our family to HH probably 10 times. We would go with my wife's sister and her family - our kids all grew up together. We'd always go the week of the British Open so we'd watch the golf in the morning, pack a cooler and play bocce ball on the beach all day long. I miss those days.
6. Aruba - We took our family there in 2008 - I actually watch Tiger Woods win the US Open sitting at a bar in the middle of the pool at the Marriott property. Our kids were older so we were able to do more things. I remember the resport areas were beautiful but the island itself was kind of rundown with trash all over the place; it was very windy there. Still it was one of the few vacations where it was just our family so selfishly, it was great to have them to ourselves for almost 2 weeks.
5. Lake Tahoe - When I completed my first round of treatments for lymphoma we took our family to Lake Tahoe for vacation. I really wasn't in very good shape at the time but it was great to get away from the cancer routine, take a deep breath in fresh air and relax after 7 months of blood tests, being connected to IV's and feeling like a human chemistry project. We also visited San Francisco for a few days on this trip.
4. Maine - if you've never gone to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, put it on your bucket list. It's simply beautiful and you can gorge yourself on fresh lobster and blueberry pie at every meal.
3. Ireland - we went there this past summer. I've never been to a more spiritual place than Skellig Michael which is where they filmed the scenes with Luke Skywalker and Rey in the Last Jedi. Didn't OD on Lobster but I did have plenty of Guiness!
2. Kennicott, Alaska - This is probably the most beautiful place I've ever been. An old mining village right at the foot of the Wrangell Mountain range. It was far more spectacular than I even thought it would be.
1. Germany/Austria - We went there on our honeymoon. Salzburg was magical. We have plans to go back this August (it's our 35th anniversary) but I'm worried that it may get cancelled which would be a bummer. Anyway - it was a great beginning to our married life together!