Monday, July 20, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday: Vacations

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Hi Everyone! I'm filling in today as host for "Friend Makin Monday". I'm so glad that Kasey @ All That is Good is letting us all pitch in to host while she is on vacation with her family! If you need a quick update on the rules and such, you can go here. You can link up at the end of this post with the direct link to your post for Friend Makin' Monday.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about vacation. Could be that it's summer. Could be that I'm just needing an escape from responsibilities...really, it's a toss up. That said...

Today task ~ VACATIONS!!

This task has two parts {numbered ever-so-nicely for you}. You can do either one or both ~ it's up to you!

1. Tell us about the best {or worst} vacation that you've ever taken.

2. Tell us FIVE places/vacations that you would like to take at some point your life. It doesn't have to be next year...maybe it's the vacation of a lifetime or somewhere you just dream of going years from now.


I'll start you all off with a not-so-fun vacation story.

My dad loves camping. L.O.V.E.S. it. Growing up in Maine, camping generally involved enough mosquitoes that you could form a small army to pitch your tent for you.

This particular trip we were late getting to our site after tromping through the woods for a very long time and started setting up our tents when the light was getting really low. After being endlessly bitten by mosquitoes and appearing to be one giant welt, we were settled in and mercifully able to go to sleep.

Except I had to pee.

I didn't grab a light, but knew roughly where to walk to go to the bathroom and did what I needed to do, grabbing some nearby leaves to wipe the more private places of my body.

Which turned out to be poison ivy.

And really, I'll just leave the story at that, because that part of the story likely explains my current aversion to camping.

Onto my vacation dreams:

1. Prince Edward Island ~ If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables, you might be able to relate. I know it seems like a crazy place to want to visit...but it's always been a dream of mine.

2. Italy {ok, Europe in general} ~ Italy, Scotland, Ireland, France....I'd just love to be able to really spend time visiting, exploring and soaking it all in. Italy is at the top of the list mainly due to watching an Audrey Hepburn movie one too many times....but I could be swayed to visit France. Tour some castles in England. Stay at a B&B in Scotland or Ireland. Visit ruins somewhere. Anything, really.

3. Australia & the Great Barrier Reef. I have never gone scuba diving in my life, but this would just be the ultimate place to do it, right?

4. More of America ~ I would love to take a looooong family vacation to see more of our country. Yosemite. Grand Canyon. Not just a week long trip but several weeks together to just enjoy it all and have FUN together.

5. Discovery Cove ~ maybe this seems a little hokey after wanting to visit Europe and explore America...but I would LOVE to have a whole day with our family to swim with the dolphins. This is one 'vacation' that Rick and I have talked about doing when Kaleb is a little older and will remember it all.

It's your turn to share! Let us know about your most memorable vacation and what your dreams are for the future! I can't wait to stop by and visit you all! Once you write your post be sure to come back here and sign up with the linky to the direct post on your blog!

Happy Friend Makin' Monday!!


  1. What a fun meme! I won't have time to do a whole post, but I loved your camping tale. Now I can say I know someone who's used poison ivy to wipe...I always thought that was urban legend.

    I've always wanted to go to New Zealand...with both mountains AND beaches, it seems like a paradise.

  2. Great list! Hilarious camping story!!

  3. I wouldn't want to do camping after that either. I'm so sorry. I love your list. I would love to go to Discovery Cove and swim with a dolphin too! I've seen a lot of people taking long trips across the US and that sounds like a lot of fun and could be so educational. Thanks for hosting.

  4. Swimming with the dolphins isn't "hokey," it's incredible! Every child should have an opportunity to do it...and every adult too for that matter. :)
    Great topic!

  5. Thanks for hosting! :) I too would LOVE to swim with dolphins someday....

  6. I love to camp, and now I will be extra careful about scoping out the area...bless your heart. Thanks for hosting...I loved your list. I am off to post too!

  7. Hi Joanthe!

    Thanks for hosting today. What a fun theme! Your camping experience cracked me up! I also would love to soak up the atmosphere of Italy - it sounds so wonderful! Have a wonderful day!


  8. I would have to agree with you on your list! I too would love to see the sites of Europe and visit the Great Barrier reef just to go scuba diving.

    Let's just hope the diving boat doesn't leave me behind.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  9. Oh no, see that is why I only camp in a 40 foot Winnebago! lol

    I love your dream vacation list, I too would love to go to Italy!

    Happy FMM and thanks for hosting this week!

  10. Yikes. I have never been camping nor do I ever want to go for so many reasons including the one you just blogged about! =)
    And I love your list of places you want to go...
    Great FMM topic!

  11. Great list! I am the same with Europe...too many great places to list that I would love to go to.

    Thanks for the great topic!

  12. We should so plan to vacation together from now on - my list will look very similar to yours! Going to post now.

  13. Thanks for hosting!! Your story about camping is a riot!!! I have been on a trip to Great Britain with the B&B, castles, etc. IT IS AMAZING- I suggest to go and plan it now!!!!!


  14. That just sounds painful, itchy and gross!! You poor thing!

  15. Happy FMM!!! Your story gave me even more reason to never go camping :)

  16. I'd also love to see more of amercia, and with a experience like yours, I wouldn't ever want to camp again!

  17. Happy FMM! Thanks for hosting!
    Posion wipe with! OUCH! I think I would not like camping either if I did that!

    I too want to see more of the US! The one place I really want to go to is Hawaii!

    Have a great Monday!

  18. I love camping, but wiping with Poison Ivy would definitley make me think twice about it. :)

    Love your Top 5 list.

  19. Oh my! Poison Ivy THERE? I am so sorry!

    Thanks for hosting this was a fun topic!


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