Over the course of my earthly years, the phrase ‘vacation’ has come to mean many different things. When I was little, it meant leaving the house and staying in motels and playing on the motel playground and drinking ginger ale. A lot of times, these early vacations involved the automobile clubs that we were in. I frankly didn’t care if we were two cities over or across the galaxy as long as I had new toys and books to occupy me on the way there…and I got to swim.
Vacations came to mean something different as I reached my teen years. Lots of times these vacations had to do with going to summer camp and associating with friends…and girls. Other vacations were Laurel and Hardy conventions and I got the taste of meeting real-life celebrities and basking in the films that I loved so much.
They could mean going off with my friends and having wild nights of unbridled drinking. They could mean spending time at my all-time favorite places Disneyland or Walt Disney World. The could mean large gatherings of family or smaller excursions with just my parents.
In more recent years, they have become a way of life – an exploration of our country and its rich history and an introduction to other countries and different cultures. Many times this means a road trip, jumping from place to place and not resting my head on the same bed more than one night in a row. By all counts, this seems almost diametrically opposed to the very idea of vacation.
But by my definition, a vacation is any significant getaway from home with the intention of leisure or exploration. Most of the trips listed below are at least a week-long, but many are also mere two- or three-day jaunts. I don’t necessarily consider an overnighter at a friend or family member’s house a ‘vacation’ but when that overnighter is in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York – suddenly the ante has been upped and I now consider myself on vacation.
Below is the list of every trip that I consider to be a true ‘vacation’ . The live links will take you to the posting(s) for each vacation that I have thus far completed chronicling.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Dearborn, MI – Hudson National Meet
Detroit, Michigan – Sons of the Desert Convention
New Orleans, Louisiana – Classic Chevy Club Convention
Woodland Altars – Junior Lodge (Jim Barnhart)
Chicago, Illinois – Classic Chevy Club Convention
Woodland Altars – Junior Lodge (Dean Wenger)
Glen Helen – 6th Grade trip
Florida / Disney World
Woodland Altars – Junior High Lodge (Dean Wenger)
Woodland Altars – Youth Camp (Allen Mack)
Cleveland / Upper Sandusky / Bucyrus, OH
Key Largo, Florida (Arline and Carl’s)
Los Angeles, CA / Disneyland / San Bernardino
St. Paul, Minnesota – Sons of the Desert Convention
Woodland Altars – Youth Camp (Kevin Dull)
Myrtle Beach, SC
Disney World / Florida beach
Woodland Altars – Youth Camp (Mark Flory-Steury)
Hollywood, CA – Disneyland / Catalina Island / San Bernardino
Disney World / Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, Florida (first time at the condo)/ Disney World
Ormond Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida / Disney World / Georgia
Myrtle Beach, SC
Disney World / Daytona Beach / Largo, FL
Tareytown, NY – Sons of the Desert Convention
Chesterton, IN / Wizard of Oz festival
California / Hollywood Show / Disneyland / Monterey / San Francisco
Disney World / Panama City / Seaside
Hershey, PA / Washington D.C.
Tour of Ohio / Detroit
Honeymoon in Gatlinburg
Daytona Beach – Universal Studios
Nashville, TN – Sons of the Desert Convention
Columbus, OH – Sons of the Desert convention planning session
Honeymoon – Disney World & Fort Myers
Columbus, OH – Sons of the Desert Convention
Tour of Ohio / Detroit / Indiana
Plains, GA / Disney World / Daytona Beach
Flashback Weekend Chicago
Chicago Wizard World
Kings Dominion, Virginia
Chicago Hollywood Show / Indy with Dean
Fall Chiller Theatre / Dorney Park
Wrestlecade North Carolina / Fort Bragg
California TV Locations / Hollywood Show / Disneyland
Cruise: Key West / Cozumel