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Old 05-11-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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"Funnest" Vacation Ever..........

I decided to start a new thread so it didn't get confused with the other one. Like I said, I had some fun vacations in my time. Here's one:

I decided to visit some college roommates one summer. My friend and I flew to Denver and met up with another roommate and we explored the area. We went whitewater rafting, drove up in the mountains where we hand-fed some coyotes (not smart), went to Red Rock, etc. After 3 days we flew to Vegas. We met three other guys there and had suite at the old Tropicana Hotel. The first day there I won $6500 and didn't tell the others, I told them I was losing my butt. We went our seperate ways and decided to meet at Caesers Palace at 5:00pm. I had a rental car but it was lame so I took some of my winnings and rented a PORSCHE CARRERA and drove the strip for the day. So I show up to Caesers and flip the valet the keys and meet my buddies. We had a blast driving our to Hoover Dam and all that touristy stuff for the next couple days. My buddies never did find out how I could afford the Porsche, they thought I credit carded it all.

Next it was on to San Diego, where we stayed with a family up in the canyons. Hit the San Diego zoo, etc. Decided I loved San Diego. The last two days we were in Cali we drove the Pacific Coast Highway all the way to San Fransisco and back. Rode the trolley cars and drove Lombard (crookedest street),etc. Got lost in a BAD part of town after dark and got escorted to safety by two police officers..........

Overall, a great trip!

Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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That vacation would make a great movie !

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London 1986. I was born in England (of American parents) and lived there as a child. I love England and this was the first time DH and I went there. It was wonderful to share this with him.

We saw all the big sights and went on a special evening tour of Stonehenge which he loved. The weather was extraordinary for London - sunny and mild. Every day we tromped around until we were tired then went for a pint at a pub close to our hotel. The regulars got to know us and we made lots of new friends.

We look at the pictures often and always smile when we do.
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Oskosh, WI in 1976 for the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) convention. During that week it is the world's busiest airport. I had a Piper Tri-Pacer, two weeks of leave, $700 in my pocket, and a forecast of clear weather all the way there.

I stayed in a tent under the wing of my airplane perhaps 80 yards from the runway and woke up to the music of a 727 at takeoff thrust at 6:00 AM every day. There were aircraft of almost every description, from the early 1900's to WWI and WWII fighters and bombers, and more homebuilts than I knew existed. It was the first time I'd ever seen a P-51 Mustang up close and was surprised at how small it is.

I saw a Boeing 707 on a ferry flight do a chandelle, disappearing into low clouds at the top. While the maneuver not hard on the airplane it would terrify passengers. It's a precision maneuver demonstrating control of the airplane.

There was a two hour airshow every single day!

The toilets were porta-potties, the food gave me the runs, and I had a ball.
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My most fun vacation was one I had in June of 1985 when I visited my cousins in California (San Diego). I had already been visiting them every year for a few years during intersession from college in New York, but this was my first visit in the summer weather.

This visit was special because it was during the 6 weeks between my last college final exam in May and starting my new job in July after graduation, so I was totally free of any real responsibilities in this time.

One of my cousin's kids was being Bar Mitzvahed, so there was already a festive atmosphere in the house. He was one of 6 kids, so it was a large family. Furthermore, both sets of grandparents were visiting and some other cousins flew in from New York so that added to the daily party atmosphere.

We were a party of 19 whenever we went out somewhere, basically invading any small eateries (we once went in and started rearranging the tables, to the mild shock of the wait staff), buying buckets of chicken from the local KFC, or turning a barbeque into a grand cookout.

I still have pictures from that visit which I showed to the gang when they came to New York last year (following the sad death of the last grandparent, my aunt), giving us a chance to reminisce about that fun week.
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My most fun vacations were with our grandchildren. We had one vacation with them in Oregon and Washington and we drove all over the two states - it was great fun. We went along the Oregon coast, to the Evergreen Airplane Museum, where the Spruce Goose is, rode a train, went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, Seattle and Tacoma, and Mt. Ranier. The other vacation was going with them to Disneyland. They believed everything was real. So much fun.
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We just returned from an awesome vacation down in New Orleans for Jazz Festival & crawfish.

However, the title of this post immediately brought our trip to OR/CA/WA last fall. It was a whirlwind trip with so much to do - treehouses, zip lines, tarzan swing, hiking, ATV's on the dunes, sea lions, breweries, wineries, cheese factory at Tillamook, white water rafting on the Deschutes, friends, Space Needle, oysters....and more! (even met Ha) The "funnest" trip so far!
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My best was my first visit to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. My friend and I arrived at 5 a.m. to be greeted by 30 Polynesians, all carrying armloads of fresh tuberose and gardenia leis and head crowns. Then we were whisked to a B&B which was right on a private stretch of beach. For the next 10 days we lived with the Polynesians, listening to their stories, learning their language, learning to make local dishes (boiled taro leaves, raw fish marinated in lime juice and coconut, casava pudding, breadfruit soup), learning how to use all parts of a coconut palm, learning about local remedies for everything from burns to exzema, fishing on the reef, tie-dying sarongs, and, of course, listening to Cook Island music and dancing Maori dances. Then we left and spent 4 days in Tahiti, which was ok but didn't compare to the Cooks.

I've been back three times and have already made arrangements to live there in the winter, once I'm fully retired. It's heaven on earth.
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Wait.... I have an even better one!

When I was in my mid-20's, I went on a solo trip to Club Med in Guadeloupe. I loved it!!! In fact, I asked if they were hiring. Lo and behold, they gave me a return ticket. I went home, sold my new car, quit my job and told my soon-to-be fiance that I was heading to the Caribbean for a few months. He had planned to go away to school anyhow. He was upset and said "I thought you were going to wait for me". I said "I did.... but I didn't say where." Never saw him again.... oh well.

I spent 5 glorious months on Guadeloupe - working at Club Med, visiting the island and just having fun. Then the volcano threatened to blow, so we were sent home and I was eventually sent to Mexico to work at a Club there. Wound up in Haiti and Tahiti later on. All in all, that one vacation changed my life.

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I had to say the cruise I took to celebrate my Mother's 88 birthday . It was my Mom ,my Aunt , My two sisters and my daughter on the cruise . We went to Bermuda . We laughed the whole time .My Aunt who was 68 at the time and the funniest person you'll ever meet brought a boa and we took turns wearing it . We also posted a large card on my Mom's cabin so people could sign it & wish her Happy Birthday . Well we got crazy and got signing the Capt.s name and other crew members . All in all we had a great time and still talk about that cruise . When my daughter got back she was telling her friends how much fun she had and her friends said but you cruised with your Grandmother,Aunts , Mom & great Aunt how much fun could it have been ? She said my family is filled with wild and crazy women of all ages .
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I have had many truly exciting trips (don't brag) but the most memorable of all was our first trip to Disneyland with or two small boys aged 5 and 7. The pure joy they had (in the 70s) remained with me all this time. It was also our first trip. Have been many times since also to World but not the same.

Last time was staying right on the property on the lake in Orlando. 1999. No kids.
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Wasn't really a 'vacation', 'cause I wasn't working, but in early 1963 I travelled from Australia across the Pacific by ship to England, worked there for a while, then slowly headed back overland, across Europe, the ME, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka (still Ceylon at that time, spent my 21st birthday there).....ship to Singapore, flight to Darwin.

The best recent vacation, ('course, that wasn't a 'vacation' either, since I gave up that whole work thing after returning to Canada from Saudi in 1989), was last year......Canada to Botswana return...finally got to see African Wild Dogs, (although I'd previously been to RSA, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, etc), and the Wild Dogs were worth the wait.
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My best was with 3 friends in a 5th wheel RV behind a 4 door diesel pickup. We had no plan and no destination when we started. We spent a month traveling around the western US staying far away from interstates. Every morning we would look on the internet for points of interest in a three hundred mile radius and go see them then spend the night in a state park campground if possible or a private campground. We put on a lot of miles but it was all incredibly fun.
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Skara Brae was one of our most memorable trips. We were standing in a village that existed before the pyramids. Had there not been a convergence of wind and sea storms in the mid 1850s it would have never been discovered.

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