Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Five: Vacations

Mary Beth is thinking about vacations, and she presents this week's Friday Five:

1) What did your family do for vacations when you were a child? Or did you have stay-cations at home?

My family owned the drug store in a small town in North Dakota, and we always got away for a vacation in the summer. I remember going to NYC, Disneyland, Colorado, Canada, etc. This picture of my family was taken at the "La Ronde" revolving restaurant in Hawaii sometime during the 60's.

2) Tell us about your favorite vacation ever.

Hmm... I'd say just about any vacation I've ever taken with Offsprings #1&2! They are really fun travel partners. But if I had to pick one, I'd say the trip with them to Europe in 2000:

3) What do you do for a one-day or afternoon there a place nearby that you escape to on a Saturday afternoon/other day off?

The town in which I currently live isn't all that snazzy, but it's got a great geographical location. For a one day getaway, we can head to Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast, Multnomah Falls, Mt St Helens, or just bop around in Portland.

4) What's your best recommendation for a full-on vacation near you...what would you suggest to someone coming to your area? (Near - may be defined any way you wish!)

You can't go wrong with Cannon Beach.

5) What's your DREAM VACATION?

I think the longest vacation I've ever taken was 3 weeks (and they are usually more like a week or two)... so I guess my dream vacation would be one that would last a solid month. It would involve a really, really nice hotel or vacation villa (which would allow pets so we could bring along Mr. Tumnus). The vacation spot could be almost anywhere as long as it was scenic and had fun things to do in the area.

Bonus: Any particularly awful vacation stories that you just have to tell? ("We'll laugh about this later..." maybe that time is now!)

Well, it's later and I'm still not laughing about this one: My family (hubby, kids, mom, and me) went to Cancun the summer of 2004, and my mom had a stroke there. We had a difficult, stressful time trying to get back to the U.S. for proper medical care. (It thankfully turned out to be a mild stroke.)

googled the CB photo


Purple said...

What an awful thing to happen on vacation. Glad it turned out OK.

I love the picture of Cannon Beach.

Sally said...

echoing Purple on the bad memory bit, love the pictures.

altar ego said...

Pictures are great! Sorry to hear about your Mom's stroke. Getting sick in a foreign place can be very traumatic. How nice that you enjoy vacations so much with the kids!

zorra said...

How terrible about your mom's stroke, and how terrifying for all of you. I'm glad it turned out to be mild.

No, you can't go wrong with Cannon Beach...or Mt. St. Helens, or Seattle, or Portland, or Hood River, or the Willamette Valley, or anywhere along the Oregon coast, or Crater Lake, or...or...can you tell I would love to come back to the Northwest?

Presbyterian Gal said...

I ate at La Ronde when I was 16! Maybe we sat at the same table!

What a bad thing for your family on the bad vacay.

dust bunny said...

I like the Hawaii picture....mumsey looks pretty.
The Cancun trip was a nightmare, but you handled it like the pro that you are.

David said...

I can't help but laugh when I look at Grandma's hair - it's so big!

Rev SS said...

what they all said (including David -:))

Processing Counselor said...

Your family took really nice vacations. And your bad vacation was really BAD! I'm glad you're thinking of taking a vacation in my neck of the woods soon!