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Old 02-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Favorite Family Vacation

when you were a kid and why ?

Going to Hollywood when I was abut 12, we drove from Ohio, I was so amazed how in some of the Mountain places how much it seem like they were 50 years behind us, also I remember a restaurant we stopped at where a black guy left his family in car, trying to get food for them and the waitress wouldn't serve him. As for Hollywood, loved it, went to film studios, seen movie stars home and just by chance we seen Peter Faulk, Brian Keith, Sonny Bono, Carol OConner, it was 1973
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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6 weeks 7,500 miles round trip from Missouri to California. Included Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Redwood National Park, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Universal Studio Tour, Disneyland, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. First time we ever saw gas over a buck a gallon. 1977 - I turned 10 on the trip
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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6 weeks 7,500 miles round trip from Missouri to California. Included Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Redwood National Park, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Universal Studio Tour, Disneyland, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. First time we ever saw gas over a buck a gallon. 1977 - I turned 10 on the trip

we did them two things on our trip, at Universal before the tram started they had Frankenstein come out and walk around it, were they still doing that, you were there about 4 years after me
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:23 PM   #4
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I was about 5 and we went to the World's Fair in Seattle. I got to go up to the top of the Space Needle. Now you couldn't get me to go up there as I am afraid of heights.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:23 PM   #5
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we did them two things on our trip, at Universal before the tram started they had Frankenstein come out and walk around it, were they still doing that, you were there about 4 years after me
We had the tram. Enjoyed driving through the "RedSea". I loved playing with the fake boulders LOL.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:00 AM   #6
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The only place we ever vacationed as a family when I was growing up was Texas. My Dad was from there, so every other summer we drove out to visit family. It was always fun seeing my Grandma again, aunts and uncles and cousins.

Other than that, we spent a lot of time at my maternal grandparents' cottage on the lake. I loved being there, spending time with my grandparents, going fishing with Grandpa and just enjoying the peace and quiet of "up north." Every summer Mom and I would spend a week with them, and when I got older I would stay another week with them by myself. Even after I got married I continued going up to stay with them a few days every summer. Wonderful memories.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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6 weeks 7,500 miles round trip from Missouri to California. Included Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Redwood National Park, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Universal Studio Tour, Disneyland, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. First time we ever saw gas over a buck a gallon. 1977 - I turned 10 on the trip
I would love to something like this but I can't talk DH into the driving.


My favorite vacation was to Disney World. I grew up in the Tampa Bay area so we went to WDW often, but mostly day trips. When I was about six, we stayed for a week at The Contemporary and did the whole thing...All of the parks, Chef Mickey's...It was amazing!(As seen through my six year old eyes)
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #8
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We went to Florida nearly every year when I was growing up. We always drove. My dad had every detail planned out - where we would stay, where we would eat, etc. But my absolute favorite family vacation when I was a kid was a trip to Missouri. It was the entire family, including grandparents, all in the wood-paneled station wagon.

We stayed in a cabin somewhere, maybe in a state park. There was a pool and all kinds of nature trails. I remember taking long walks and looking at all the flowers with my grandmother and her telling me what each flower was. I also remember sharing one bathroom with everyone - that was the unfun part. We went to St. Louis and saw the arch on the way home.

I was about 7, so that would have made it 1980ish.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:42 AM   #9
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We went to Florida nearly every year when I was growing up. We always drove. My dad had every detail planned out - where we would stay, where we would eat, etc. But my absolute favorite family vacation when I was a kid was a trip to Missouri. It was the entire family, including grandparents, all in the wood-paneled station wagon.

We stayed in a cabin somewhere, maybe in a state park. There was a pool and all kinds of nature trails. I remember taking long walks and looking at all the flowers with my grandmother and her telling me what each flower was. I also remember sharing one bathroom with everyone - that was the unfun part. We went to St. Louis and saw the arch on the way home.

I was about 7, so that would have made it 1980ish.
Hmmm, wonder if that's someplace I've been. Used to love Sam A Baker State Park when I was a kid. We'd camp there often and ride our bikes all over the place, wander the trails, splash in the river. Good times
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #10
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For several years when I was about 10 to 14, we would load up the car (and I do mean load it up) and head north from Mass. to Maine. My dad's uncle lived in Orono and had a camp north of there. It was about 220 miles from the NH border and took us nearly 12 hours, including stopping at Uncle Nick's for the key. This was the early 60's, before I 95 was completed.

Anyway, we were there for 2 weeks. The camp was right on the water at a beautiful, clean lake. There was a dock to jump off, a canoe and a small power boat. I bet I spent at least 6 hours/day in the water. There was an island in the lake where we picked wild blueberries. In the evenings we played board games. And we always took a day trip to Acadia National Park, buying freshly steamed lobsters on the way back to camp. It didn't cost us much and we all had a ball (my parents, older sister and younger brother and usually a grandparent or two.)

It may not sound great now, but we never had money to spend on vacations and this was heaven.

20+ years later DH and I and our 2 young kids moved to within an hour of the camp and Uncle Nick gave us a key and let us use it anytime. It was exactly the same as it had been 20 years earlier and we still had a great time. Unfortunately, several years later Nick decided to sell as he was tired of paying the taxes. Our kids were a few years from college and there was no way we could buy it. So that was the end of our days at camp.

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Hmmm, wonder if that's someplace I've been. Used to love Sam A Baker State Park when I was a kid. We'd camp there often and ride our bikes all over the place, wander the trails, splash in the river. Good times
Very cool! I'll have to get ahold of my mom and see if she can remember where it was we stayed.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #12
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Very cool! I'll have to get ahold of my mom and see if she can remember where it was we stayed.
Please do - I bet it's someplace I know of
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:34 PM   #13
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My parents took us camping every summer to Kerr Reservoir for 2weeks of primitive camping. That's 2weeks no running water, no electricity, and no toilet. Kinda like a.Carnival cruise, except we enjoyed it.I have pictures of my mom hanging up.cloth diapers that she washed.in the lake. I know...bleah, right? People.weren't quite so fastidious back then.
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Sadly, we never went on vacation when I was a kid. My first real "trip" was to the Rose Parade when I was in 9th grade and that was with my high school band.

I went to Disney for the first time on my honeymoon.

I think this is why I value family vacations with my own family, even if we should be putting our money elsewhere. That week of uninterrupted time together- you just can't put a price on that!
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My parents took us camping every summer to Kerr Reservoir for 2weeks of primitive camping. That's 2weeks no running water, no electricity, and no toilet. Kinda like a.Carnival cruise, except we enjoyed it.I have pictures of my mom hanging up.cloth diapers that she washed.in the lake. I know...bleah, right? People.weren't quite so fastidious back then.


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