Oh the Places I’ve Been

I love to travel. When I was young, my parents and I traveled quite a bit. Not to many exotic locations, but I feel quite fortunate to have been able to travel as much as we did on summer vacations.   We traveled mostly in the continental US as we camped with a trailer. My dad liked having his own space!

In the “early” years, we did travel to Canada on several vacations. One of my favorite vacations and destinations was Nova Scotia. This is a place I would love to return some day! Even though it was 42 years ago, I still have some very special memories of that vacation. We started the trip from Portland, ME, and took a ferry to the southern tip of Nova Scotia. We traveled most of the way around the province and also took a trip to Prince Edward Island, and on the way back home we traveled through New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.   This is a beautiful vacation destination!

We also visited Canada on at least two other vacations. I don’t remember those quite as well. I also was able to visit Montreal on day trips when when I was in college, it was just 90 minutes away from Saranac Lake, NY.

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Peggy’s Cove- taken by my father

In high school, I was lucky enough to travel to Europe during spring break in 10th and 11th grade (1972 and 1973). These were group trips and I traveled with other students and teachers from our school. During the 10th grade trip, I was fortunate enough to have my best friend from high school, Bonnie as a travel partner. This was the first time either of us had traveled without family! It was also the first time I got DRUNK, I put back a little too much beer at the Hofbrau Haus in Munich.

During these trips, I visited Iceland (just the airport), Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and a brief stop in Metz, France. Highlights of the trips for me were Salzburg, Austria,  Oberammergau, Germany, Castle Neuschwanstein and Dachau.

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Drinking in Germany!

Fast forward to 1982 when I visited St. Croix, USVI for the first time with my family. My aunt and uncle had a condo there, and my mother, father and I traveled there with them. I immediately fell in love with the island. Shortly after that trip, my parents invested in the condo next store, so we made several trips there over the years. From there we also traveled to St. Thomas.

My father unfortunately passed away in 1986, not long after spending six weeks on the island with my mother. I traveled there several more times with family and friends. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo destroyed much of the island and my mother was able to sell the property back to the original owner who had it rebuilt with insurance funds.  While on a cruise that stopped in St. Thomas, my mother and I took a seaplane to St. Croix for the day, hired a driver and toured the island once again. Some day, I would like to return to St. Croix.

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I also have traveled to several other islands while on cruises.  One of the cruises was with friends from work in 1990 and the other was with my mother in 1993.

In 1996, for our first anniversary, my late ex-husband and I visited Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This was a very last minute spur of the moment trip which made it quite fun.

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A skinny tan me with my $600 slot machine winnings!

Since I became a Mom, we have not traveled much. Tara and I made one trip to Disney World in 2003, and moved to Orlando shortly after. We spent the next six years pretty much not leaving that state!

Since moving back to PA, finances have not really allowed for any major vacations. Maybe one day soon I will be able to start checking things off my bucket list again!

This is my entry into Mama Kat’s writing workshop for this week. Head on over and check out the prompts and join in!

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3 thoughts on “Oh the Places I’ve Been

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    I have an old photo of Peggy’s Cove that looks just like yours! The same faded color and the same overcast weather!!

    It is a lovely, lovely spot…

  2. Lisa says:

    Loved reading about your travels. I felt the same about Nova Scotia. :)
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  3. Kat says:

    Wow, I would have killed for a trip to Europe in high school without parents! My Mom never would have agreed to that one! ;) St. Croix looks gorgeous! Love your photos.

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