Feb 9, 2012

Summer Vacation, Where To?

On the hunt for a summer hiatus.  Rehashed some trips and memories Pigtails may or may not have flushed down the toilet:  Omaha, Chicago, Nana and Papa's house, Colorado, Rhonda the Pony and Camping with raccoons.  

I'd like to try someplace new this year.  Perhaps:
  • Disney World, Florida - Short boat cruise, then a few days at the parks.
  • Disneyland, Califonia - Couple days at Disney, then rent a car and explore.  Ocean, mountains and stuff.
  • Hike and camp at a place people are not.  Maybe the Appalachian Trail or Big Horn mountains.
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - I remember camping within walking of the beach as a kid and swimming in the Atlantic all day.  One of my favorite memories!
  • An obese loop around South Dakota loop, visiting Black Hills, Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone.

Any other recommendations?

-Beard

15 comments:

  1. I vote for the beach. Charleston, SC has some great beaches and islands around it, plus lots of cool stuff to do.

    How about the New England coast? Exploring the little towns, the lighthouses, the beautiful rocky shores.... I love Maine myself, but I'd like to hang about in Vermont and Connecticut someday, too.

    Have fun, wherever you go!

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    1. I'll add Charleston to the list! Visited there on the Myrtle Beach trip growing up, we had a grand time.

      New England when she's older, I've done Boston, but nothing beyond that.

      Thanks!

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  2. We have done most of these and loved them all. Disney is great, but not typically relaxing. Our two favorite vacations and the ones the boys talk about the most are going to Myrtle Beach and Yellowston. At Myrtle Beach we rented a vacation house on the beach for a week and just chilled the whole time. But our all-time favorite, was the big loop to Yellowstone. Did Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, through Montana and rented vacation place in the nicest little town outside the North Gate of Yellowstone in Gardiner, MT. It was the best combination of relaxation and fun all in one. We did it all, whitewater rafting, tourist stuff like Old Faithful, lots of hiking and just enjoying some of God's wonderful creations. We would all do it again in a heartbeat. Oldest son says he would love to live there someday. Good times!

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    1. I personally find Disney dreadful. Combination of crowds and a bunch man-made junk, not my cup of tea. Went as a kid and again on my honeymoon (that's where she wanted to go).

      Leaning towards the Atlantic or the Yellowstone loop of eye candy you speak of. Nature > man-made, period.

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  3. URGH... I just spent 10 minutes typing this fabulous post to convince you that Disneyworld (not Disneyland) is a fabulous vacation option...and my laptop rebooted!!!! So...to summarize...my son and I have been there three times...and ABSOLUTELY LOVE it!!!! I can give you so much information on things to do, places to eat, and even a few things to avoid. My biggest tip...if you can pull Pigtails out of school at the end of September, first of October...do it and go...it is the best time to go. It's still warm and the crowds are lighter. You know how to get a hold of me if you'd like more information...but at Pigtails age...she'd love it!

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    1. If we do Disney, it will be the for sake of my kid, as I don't really want to go back. Hoping to find a place we can both enjoy, so maybe the beach or Yellowstone. I'll let you know if we end up smacking Mickey and need help, thanks Gr8!

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  4. Yomomma2/12/2012

    My fav was SC. Remember the log/tree you and Dad tried to move in for firewood??? I think tails would love the ocean.

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    1. We drug that 200 pound log over to camp but never did burn it. But I'd do it again, that trip was fun!

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    2. Take the Great American Roadtrip and come to Rapid City and see Mount Rushmore and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. You will not be let down, we have more many great National Parks all within 1 hours drive from Rapid City. Not to mention Crazy Horse Memorial (when completed will be the world largest mountain statue). For more information visit www.VisitRapidCity.com or check out our youtube channel for great videos: www.YouTube.com/visitrapidcity

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    3. We made a 12-minute stop in Rapid City for a Culver's fish sandwich on the way home from the Big Horn Mountains a few years ago. Looping South Dakota and Wyoming is on my top-3 list.

      We'll give you a call to stay at your house if we visit Rapid City.

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  5. Anonymous3/05/2012

    One more vote for the beach. I'm from the East coast ( CT.) beach/camping memories = The best!

    ~SuziQ

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    1. I'm leaning towards all beach or beach/Disney combo.

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  6. Anonymous3/23/2012

    Another vote for myrtle beach! I spent so many summers in south Carolina and going to myrtle was my favorite!

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  7. Suzie Q3/23/2012

    Langkawi, Malaysia! If you're up for an ironman challenge, and if Pigtails LOVE the sweet little monkeys that litter the island, than Langkawi should be in the cards!
    You can have all the pad thais, Malaysian style you want for $1 a plate, and maybe, perhaps, even find Pigtails' future mommy there too!

    :]

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  8. Definitely not a summer vacation destination, but you and Pigtails should make the trip to either Big Bend National or Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. Ah-maaaaazing! Too brutally hot in the summer, but a perfect place to go for a week during the winter and early spring (think March-April). Of all of the places I travel to (granted, I am not a world traveler), it's by far my favorite. You'll never see stars as amazing as those seen there.

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!