Speaking of traveling

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 8:04am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 10:37am
I'm ruthless about finding cheap air fares and hotel deals. I've never paid more than $400 for a RT donestic flight.
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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 10:57am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?</p><p>2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.</p><p>3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad</p><p>4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?</p>

i haven't really caught the traveling bug, but i will play.

1) sleeping, on a beach in Hawaii, with dh

2) 8

3) it was a relatively short trip, just over the mountain to go camping. the kid screamed for 4 hours.

4) no big trips this year.  dh has his 30yr reunion that we are going to try and make

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 10:58am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

Road trip with the fam. We'd either do a trip up the Rockies to Yellowstone b/c the kids haven't seen it, or head south to the Gulf--which is my favorite beach.

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

44--I have six more to go: Maine, Vermont, NH, Oregon, Washington & Alaska.

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad

Hawaii w/DH ranks up there as a favorite.

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?

Beach vaca w/the family & friends and girls' weekend in Vegas.

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 11:03am

rollmops2009 wrote:
<p>1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing? <strong>If I don't have to bring DH, I might go around the Baltic or Norway by boat.</strong></p><p>2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff. <strong>Not many: NY, CA, OH, VT. I think that is it, oh and the District of Columbia, which doesn't count.</strong></p><p>3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad. <strong>Atlas mountains by car in the 70s.</strong></p><p>4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013? <strong>Yes, we have NY and Berlin lined up, time permitting. Maybe Moscow as well. We thought we could combine Berlin and Moscow.</strong></p>

So jealous of the Moscow trip--seeing Russia is on my list of dream vacations!!!! 

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 11:25am
"So jealous of the Moscow trip--seeing Russia is on my list of dream vacations." --------- It is definitely worth the visit. Petersburg is incredibly beautiful, and Moscow is very interesting, although I am not all that fond of the city. I was last there in the early 80s, but dh was there a lot in the early 90s.
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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 11:49am

I could help you bang out Maine, VT and NH all in one trip Queenbee  ;-)

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 12:10pm

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>I could help you bang out Maine, VT and NH all in one trip Queenbee  ;-)</p>

I'm scheming a trip up East to visit the BFF to knock out those three states and a visit w/you...but the time frame looks like 2015. Frown I'd like to knock out the Pac NW w/the family at some point, but no idea when. Then I'm left w/Alaska.

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 12:32pm

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

Probably going to Europe on a cruise (of course lol). I don't think that would cover 2 or 4 people but it would help.

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

9

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad

I think all of them have been memorable.

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?

Yes

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 12:39pm

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?</p><p>2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.</p><p>3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad</p><p>4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?</p>

1. Oh geez. It could be REALLY tight, but for $5K, I'd take John and DIL to Germany and give John the grand tour of where we lived when he was born.  He's always wanted to go see it.  Hopefully we get a deal on airfare :D

2. I have NO idea :)  Um what HAVEN'T I visited?  Well, not Alaska or Hawaii.  Nor Oregon or Washington.  Or Idaho.  Not Wyoming or Nebraska, Colorado, either of the Dakotas.  Technically not South Carolina although I've driven through it butt tons of time and spend a good bit of time in both North Carolina and Georgia.  Not Tennessee or Kentucky or Louisiana or Alabama.  Not Minnesota, amazingly, although I've come really close to it both in Iowa and Wisconsin.  And not Vermont or Connecticut, although CT is much like SC--I've been through it dozens of times now.  So I've missed 18 of the 50, which means 32.

3.  hmmm. Most memorable trip, Bad is a tie.  The drive home from Paris when we were living in Zweibruecken.  My brother had hot chocolate for breakfast (among other stuff) and got car sick about 1/3 of the way home.  With 5 of us in an AMC Hornet Sportabout (truly a craptastic piece of automotive nightmare), the other 2/3s of the way was really long.

Our car looked like this-- that early version of "Old People Gold".  That car is very likely the start of my hatred of that color.

The other trip was during the same time period--when we were living in Zweibruecken.  We'd driven to Brussels to visit some family friends that we'd known in Joliet (my dad and their dad worked at the old arsenel near Manhattan, IL).  Their dad got stationed to SHAPE after the arsenal closed and my dad went to Zwei and so did we.  Anyway, we'd travled out to spend a few days with them and took a day trip to the site of the Battle of Waterloo (very cool, btw, totes worth the effort to see if you're in Belgium).  One the way back we got caught up in blockades set up by farmers who were on strike.  We waited it out for a couple hours, hanging around the cars,b ut when our dad's went into the local Belgium version of a gasthaus to get drinks for everyone, they noticed that the farmers were both drinking very heavily and beginning to wind themselves up and the two guys started to worry about the possibility of a drunken mob taking out their frustrations on a stuck group of Americans, so when they got back to the car, they pulled out some local maps and we took about 4 hours and God alone knows how many back country cow paths to get out and around the blockades and back into Brussels proper. 

Most memorable trip, good?  Still definitely the road trip 5 of us took upon leaving Monterey, California to our  MOS school at Goodfellow, AFB.  We drove south down to Bakersfield and eventually into Las Vegas to hook up with Route 40 out of Nevada and across Arizona and New Mexico.  We took a full week of travel to get there, stopping at all kinds of places along the way.  Las Vegas, a day trip to Lake Meade, a drive across the Hoover Dam (and the park police let us get out and take pictures as we crossed the state line, so that became our thing as we went--stopping at all the state lines for pictures.  We saw the Grand Canyon (and stayed with the ex's grandfather who was retired in Williams, AZ).  We saw the Painted Desert and stopped at some place in New Mexico where astronauts trained.  I can't even remember where now :D  We stopped in Albuquerque to stock up on groceries, loaded up the coolers with as many sodas as we could fit and then accidentally ran over 2 left over sodas and scared the crap out of ourselves when we thought we'd blown a tire on the mini-Uhaul trailer we were pulling.  :D That was seriously an amazing trip--there were 5 of us, all in the late teens, except the ex who was 22.  We drove when we wanted, stopped when we wanted, saw all kinds of ridiculous, silly things (like a ghost town in Death Valley) and just had a good time being young, stupid, alive and on per diem :D

4.  I'm mostly tripped out for the year, between a couple staycations, a few days off for the Sewing and Quilting expo and then the Lancaster County Sewing Machine Geek Fest. :D  I'm planning a trip out to IL for the family reunion at the end of July and then that's pretty much it for me.  As it is, I'm going to have to take sick leave for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and will probably have to work the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 1:25pm

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?</p><p>2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.</p><p>3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad</p><p>4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?</p>

1.  The problem is the two weeks as no one in my family could get that much time off.  But since this is an imaginary $5000 I will imagine that would fall into place also.  It would be with my immediate family (DH, DDs, SOs).  Rent a house somewhere, where would be by consensus.  My best guess would be somewhere semi rural but close to a city with things to do.

2. There are the 6 I lived in, Michigan, Texas, Arizonia, North Dokata, Florida, Oklahoma. Ones visited would be New York, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, Ohio, New Mexico, Lousiana. Edited to add Indiana.

3. Most memorable bad is easy, it was a trip with my extended family in Canada (big mistake) and included almost punching out my sister.   I think the fact that we were in another country was the main thing that stopped me.   Most memorable good is harder as there are three contenders,  the vacation we took when we lived in Turkey,  DH and my 30th anniversary trip to the Grand Canyon or last year when we rented a hosue in Galveston for a week for our entire famly and some friends. 

4.  Nothing definite.   DH and I have talked about getting away for the weekend between the time of DD1 last chemo and her surgery but nothing for sure.  I seem more intersted in it than DH so it may not happen.