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Should you go on vacation?

Should I stay or should I go was never a question in my family. It was always go!

Photo by Marjorie Bertrand

I was reading comments on vacation memories and got to thinking about my own.

Our family moto is,  “it was not a vacation until someone had a flat tire or ran out of gas”. I got to thinking about all the prior vacations. The memories ran from shortcuts that were not in fact shorter but may have involved some very narrow roads that may not have had guard rails that went on for miles with no place to turn around. Praying that you did not meet another vehicle since we were pulling an RV.

My granddad loved Colorado and we went there many times. I have traveled by vehicle all over the United States and parts of Canada with my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and my husband. We have stayed in tents, a Scotty tiny trailer, fully functional RVs, hotels and cabins.

I have seen lots of wild animals from bears, moose, and elk to little  ground squirrels. 45 years ago we fed a bear chewing gum one time.  DO NOT DO THIS.  don't feed the bears

I have seen a rogue bear who he thought he could share a tent. The owners of the tent were willing to let him because who’s going to stop him.

We always went to the ranger talks. We learned about the parks we were visiting and heard some great stories. The walk back to the camp was amazing. No lights except for the stars and flashlights. If you have the opportunity to do this, do it. Take the time and take your kids.

I can’t tell you how many flat tires or times someone ran out of gas. Someone in my family has this thing about wanting to see how many miles they can get out of a tank of gas.   There have been many other calamities such as the time the truck caught on fire – That was a bit too exciting! Then there was the time the mini-bike fell off the back of the RV. My uncle was following us and I think he had to change his pants after that experience. Of course this is the same uncle whose short cuts were not shorter.pierre SD

Of course my parents will never forget the time they left me in South Dakota, which was 754 miles from home. First you have to understand it was way before cell phones and there was 5 vehicles all traveling together. I was prone to ride with almost anyone of the 5. So it was just a matter of miscalculation on all our parts. I can tell you that now to this day. When I get out of the car to go to the restroom…I have the keys.

It was an adventure for me. Hours later when my parents stopped for the night and set up camp they discovered there was one less kid with them… Huh? What took hours to drive earlier did not take anywhere near as long back. I was fine. My parents got a few gray hair that day. But never the less vacation continued on as planned. It was an amazing time.

My cousin’s birthday was always celebrated while on vacation. One year we couldn’t find a cake so she got a cookie with pine needles candles on it. She still talks about her birthday cookie.

My husband and I took a trip with my parents to Yellowstone a few years ago.  There was a forest fire blocking our way back to the DNR Dude ranch (yes, that was the name) where we were staying.  So we had to take a detour of  163 miles.  We almost out of gas but we saw the most amazing sunset I had ever seen.  All I am saying is sometimes the detour brings a wonderful suprise just arround the bend.

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If you are on the fence about taking a vacation let me say, GO! They are your vacation days. Take them. Spend time with your family. Unplug and go. There are only so many summers when your kids will be little. They are growing up and you need to make memories.

So go make memories. Good or bad they will be the things you will talk about for years and years to come.

Heck, maybe one of your kids will write about it someday.

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#vacation #goRving #travelwithkids #familytime


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I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

29 thoughts on “Should you go on vacation?

  1. What a fun post, especially as I’m still basking in the glow of a family summer vacation to the Midwest. Gotta love the memories and all the story-telling for years to come on those stressful situations that the family made it through together.

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  2. Oh yes. The things we hold over each other from vacation times. I’ll never forget going to the Outer Banks to the massive sand dunes at Jockey Ridge. My brother grabbed my hand as he ran down, my little legs never touched the ground. Landing face and body flat on the bottom, my eyes, nose, and mouth filled with sand, he has owed me ever since.

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  3. What a truly lovely post. This invoked lots of happy memories of my childhood camping trips and then later camping and caravanning with our own children and their cousins … and their friends… I’m sure the caravan site owners here in the UK thought our little caravan was like a Mary Poppins bag – it was amazing how we all fit in… but we did and we loved it!
    It does put into perspective our trips in terms of distance though – for us 150 miles was a ‘mega long’ journey – haha…. and we still had our car traumas. Yes we took everything but the kitchen sink – bikes, canoes etc… so my dad usually spent the first few days of the holiday replacing the clutch! (that shows my age now… you couldn’t do that anymore with the cars of today!!)
    I am visualising your little face when you came out of the toilet and everyone had disappeared! oops…
    Ahhh happy days and lovely memories – thanks so much for invoking such lovely thoughts tonight as I sit in my little Brilliance Within Hut – I think that’s why I love it so much as I feel like on my holidays… x

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  4. I prefer “stay-cations” — days I take a vacation from work and just work on the garden or finish up a craft project, although I love traveling as well. The fun of getting to experience a new expression of Americana — or even another culture — opens your mind in inspiring ways. Your parents leaving you…lol…even I almost had a heart-attack when I saw that. That’s like every parents’ worst nightmare!

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  5. I agree! Get away as often as you can! 🛫
    We go camping every other weekend in summer. It is required!
    I’ve been left at a rest area (as an adult) in the middle of the night. Kind of scary!

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  6. Our family moto is, “it was not a vacation until someone had a flat tire or ran out of gas”.–Love it! So long as you have an attitude like that going into it, you’ll be sure to do alright!
    I remember visiting Pierre as a kid. Great time. 🙂

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