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Vacation Open Thread

Where are you going this summer?

(I’m going to hell in a bucket)

23 Responses

  1. last month my oldest daughter came out from PA and we went to death valley.
    In September my 2nd daughter and her family are coming out and we are going to San Francisco then to Las Vegas for a race. An engineer friend of mine has a son who races trucks.
    He has invited my youngest grand daughter to go into the pit during the race. Since she loves cars and trucks she is thrilled.



    • Going to races or games or whatever is always way more fun if you actually know someone involved. It sounds like fun. Is the truck race the same as the Nascar truck races?

      • I think so . They have a website Steele Racing.com

        Have fun with you daughter. Really enjoy this time In a few more years she will not want to be with her parents as they are so not cool



    • My daughter rock climbs, something I’d never do and (thanks to me) does her own car maintenance.
      He said proudly puffing up his chest.
      But then all my children have excelled in their own way.
      Youngest son is a guitar hero fanatic and rebuilds and refinishes yard sale hardbody electrics. Currently (pun intended) going to Penn Tech in Williamsport for a 4 year EE degree.

  2. To my beautiful Italia, land of slow food, lazy afternoons, daily bike rides to the outdoor market, and beaches all around. And I cannot forget to mention the evening “passeggiata” with a gelato in my hand.

  3. iloveny
    That sounds wonderful. Enjoy Enjoy.



  4. At last, science has an explanation for what happened to Chris Matthews.

  5. My daughters birthday is coming up in early June, she’ll be 10. A couple of years ago we were able to go on vacation and stayed in a nice hotel with an indoor pool. My daughter was fascinated by staying in the hotel. This year I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she pleaded for another trip so we could stay in another hotel so we are going to Grapevine Texas and are going to stay in the Great Wolf Lodge. It supposedly has a complete indoor water park…we’ll see.

    We may be visiting Washington DC in September but that is still up in the air.

    If anyone has any experience with Great Wolf please share it so I’ll know what to expect.

    • Native, Great Wolf is awesome. I stayed at the one in the Poconos as it’s only 45 minutes from here. It’s fantastic for families … the rooms are really fun for kids … some have a cabin or tent for the kids inside the room.

      The water park is great for all ages. All indoors and kept at 80 degrees. There are areas for toddlers with small water slides. And then massive water slides that will make you scream your head off!!! Love it! There’s a wave pool, lazy river, etc.

      The food is kid friendly stuff. We had breakfast/lunches there but went outside the resort for dinner. Let me know if you have any questions.

      • That sounds like it is just the thing for shelby. When I made the reservations they sent an email with in house services, one was a kid spa. My daughter made my wife promise she could have a pedicure and have her nails painted. The email suggested that we make a reservation before we get there. Do you think we need to or can we just play it by ear? We arrive on a Thursday and leave on Sunday.

        There is a huge outlet mall close to the lodge and a lot of shopping to do. We plan on letting the kids spend alot of time in the water park, are there things to do in the park for adults if they don’t want to swim? I love to read so I can take a book while I watch the kids. How about wifi?

        • I’d definitely make a reservation for the spa rather than risk disappointment.

          Man, do they only build those places by outlets? Because the one I went to was right by the outlets, too. I don’t know about wifi.

          But I would suggest packing a bottle opener if you’re going to bring your own booze (I don’t think I can adequately express how much I needed a glass of wine after a couple of days with my toddlers, my 80 year old mother, my nephew and niece. Whew! Me and my sister went on an epic search for a bottle opener … we were not about to stop until I found one.

        • Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely take the bottle opener. I plan on just relaxing for a change.

          I had to go to Fort Worth to the regional headquarters and drove out to Grapevine to find a BBQ place that was supposed to be “to die for”, and drove by Great Wolf. I saw this absolutely ginormous five story building ahead about a mile. As I drove by I saw the lodge entrance, I have to say they really do build it bigger in Texas. I bet it was at least 2-3 solid blocks square. One of the water slides comes out of the building and runs about 100 yards down the side before turning back into the building, it looked unbelievable. The kids can’t wait, I think they would start out walking right now just to be on the way to kiddie paradise. I’m not much of a drinker but I’ve always been a fast learner.

  6. Next week we’re having our first “real” vacation (I mean, other than visiting family) since our honeymoon 8 years ago. Going to an all-inclusive resort in Turks and Caicos. And our 3 kids will be in Sesame Kids Camp at the resort from 9 – 6 daily.

    Can I get a Hallelujah?

  7. I’m going camping in the great North West. Here’s to hoping my a$$ doesn’t serve as a tasty morsel to the wildlife in the area. No, I don’t mean the Republicans.

  8. I will be visiting the wild monkey children of Panama City in late June. In July, they will return the favor and be at my house for 3 weeks. Most likely, I will have completely lost my mind before the end of the first week, if I last that long.

  9. This summer, my husband and I decided to forgo any trips away from home. My kids are coming to visit the last week of June and first week of July. There’s plenty of things to do in Chicago and the surrounding area and we also have season tickets to the White Sox games (we’ve had them for a very long time), so that takes up a good part of summer. We traveled so much last year I just got burned out…staying at home will be more fun.

  10. Except for a possible trip to New Orleans for another visit to my MIL, we’ll be staying put again. How I envy, envy, envy anyone who can afford to go on a real vacation!

  11. I rarely get to gloat, so I’m taking the opportunity now… I live on Tybee Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. It is 3 miles long, 3000+ residents. Georgia has protected the state coastline for over a hundred years, unbelievably. Tybee is at the top of Georgia’s coastline, 20 minutes from Savannah. 100 miles south is St. Simon’s Island. In between, there are many, many barrier islands, but NO INHABITANTS or bridges until you get to Jekyll and St. Simon’s! Well, some have caretakers, but generally they are free of humans. You have to take a boat to get to these islands and you can stay for the day, but then you must leave. Remember when JFK jr. got married on Cumberland Island? That is one of Georgia’s barrier islands, and the only one with lodging, although only for private parties. There is also: Ossabaw, St. Catherine’s, Sapelo, Wassau, Blackbeard, etc…
    OK, I’m finished gloating at my good fortune! Ya’ll come now, ya hear?!

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