Friday 5 – After way too long!

I suspect it’s been since the beginning of the semester since I’ve played. Now that I’m on summer break and re-engaging with my blogging world, it’s time for Friday 5- Vacation Edition!!!

1) What did your family do for vacations when you were a child? Or did you have stay-cations at home? Most of our vacations were to visit family. The good news is that they lived in places that felt “exotic” because they were so different from my home town. One grandmother lived in a VERY small town in Oklahoma, where I got to experience rural life. My other grandparents lived in Phoenix, where I learned to appreciate desert southwest. I had uncles in west Texas and El Paso, which were totally different again.

2) Tell us about your favorite vacation ever.
I think that would have to be when we went to Disneyland a few years ago. Living here in Theme Park world, it seems funny to go all the way to the other coast to visit a theme park. But watching both of my boys experience the original rides and the things that we don’t have here in Florida– so worth the effort to get to the other coast. We were just a family of 10-year-olds for a long weekend.

3) What do you do for a one-day or afternoon getaway…is there a place nearby that you escape to on a Saturday afternoon/other day off?
We’re Disneyphiles so that is where we blow of steam. Or just going over to the beach. Anything that is not the usual and deadline driven is good. 🙂

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!)
There is so much to do in our area (above and beyond the theme parks) from Kennedy Space Center to the state parks to the old Florida attractions to keep you busy for weeks.

5) What’s your DREAM VACATION?
About a month to travel across Europe- London, Edinburgh, Paris (EuroDisney), Venice, and the places in Germany that the Hubby frequented while living there. No reservations, no itinerary, just adventuring and exploring.

Bonus: Any particularly awful (edited to add: or hilarious) vacation stories that you just have to tell? (“We’ll laugh about this later…” maybe that time is now!)
When the Boy was about 1, we drove from Texas to Rhode Island for a few days. The last day of vacation we drove down to Long Island for a friend’s wedding. The Boy and I were set to fly out of Newark the next morning, so I had booked a room near the airport. I’ve booked airport hotels at cities all across the country that were fine.

Not this one… I had no idea where the airport was relative to the scary parts of town. We actually brought everything inside from the car, locked the door, then moved all the furniture that wasn’t nailed down to barricade the door. I’m pretty sure that neither of us slept, between the sirens and wondering if the car would be outside in the morning. To this day, we refer to it as “that night in Newark” and start laughing…

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