A Most Fetching Friday: The Summer Vacation

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is all about the summer vacation.

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Tourism thrives on it, houses are built to entertain around it, school teachers wait all school year long for it to get here, kids of all ages celebrate it, and memories made on the summer holiday road stay with us for a lifetime.

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Texas Hill Country

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Lake Keowee Lake House Cabin, South Carolina

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Summer In Color at The Saguaro Palm Springs

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What story will your summer vacation tell?

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Dave the Builder and I have been on a mini vacation for a little over a week.  Reality will soon call us back to our normal routine, but for now the pace has slowed and the summer vacation life is good.

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Tagged for Travel

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Get Your Kicks and Your Gas on Route 66

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Sunny Days and Cool Waters

Summer Sounds

Have a lovely weekend.

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Tales of Road and Sky: Vacation Trip Reports

The Places In The Home gang will not be taking a vacation until later this year, so to feed my traveling jones I’m living vicariously through vacation trip reports from readers, friends and family this summer. Thanks to the tales of road and sky journaled through the lenses of varied mobile device cameras, I’ve traveled to Tennessee, North Carolina, Crete, Las Vegas, Toronto, Cocoa Beach, Destin, Georgia,  Seattle and New Orleans.  Incoming vacation trip reports show the traveling masses are living up to my travel motto.

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I called our son this morning to ask if he would mind me posting this picture of him and his girlfriend from their June trip to Las Vegas.  He thought about it for a minute and in his characteristically witty manner replied, “You have my Viva Las Vegas permission.”

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A picture tells the story long after the vacation ends.

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The intended purpose of a vacation is fun,

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and fun is always in style.

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A fun accent piece makes for an interesting conversation piece, a fun night out with friends knocks at the door of nice to see you again, and a punch of fun color shows off the ever appropriate sense of spontaneity.

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Music is the ultimate traveling companion. It’s the soundtrack memories dance to.  I put as much thought into selecting our travel tunes as I do the travel itinerary.  It’s very High Fidelity.  Gosh, what is it with me and movies references this week?  The music we travel to stays on the mind and the memory, and believe me, I speak from experience.   My dad decided one extended summer trip many summers ago that since he was a Willie Nelson fan the entire family was going to become Willie Nelson fans, like it or not.  Before the seat belts were buckled and the tires had cleared the driveway our self-appointed travel DJ popped Stardust by Willie Nelson into the cassette player (told you it was many moons ago).  The cassette played and played over the mountains and through the woods all the way to grandmother’s house and back.  As much as we bitched and protested about it then, we have never forgotten that trip nor that album. To bring it all home, guess what comes in as my number one  playlist starred under travel tunes?  The music is good, but the memories are what makes it great.

Where are you going on your next vacation? What music will be making your travel playlist?  Share your vacation trip reports here!

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Travel Times: Summer Vacation Memories

Deep in the soul of summer travel times with family and friends lurks the shadows of summer vacation memories.  A rise in temperatures signaled the rise in my travel anticipation, even if our holiday road only lead to a local pool, creek, or lake.

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“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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For those times when the holiday road lead to East Tennessee or anywhere in the great state of Texas the party was on!  Summer, family reunions, cousins, and swimming pools go naturally together. Lampasas, Texas set the scene for our annual summer family reunion. While the parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncles told tall tales, prepared epic picnic fare, and played 42,  my cousins and I clocked hours in the Hancock Springs Pool. I’m not sure,  but I believe my love and fascination with swimming pools began there and then.  Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the memories!

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park will forever be considered my home away from home.  Every summer of my childhood my parents, brother, and I made our annual trek to East Tennessee. It’s a travel tradition that has carried through to my family.  Memories from the past blend in with new memories we are making. I like a little past served with the present, and summer vacations tend to deliver on that front.  Remember these?

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A picnic in the Smokies is a must do for our gang of merry travelers. As much as convenience tempts me, Solo cups need not apply.  I pack a mean vintage picnic basket complete with aluminum tumblers circa 19ihavenoidea.  Ever the colorista, these darlings make a summer tablescape pop with their blast from the past retro fashion colors.

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Dave the Builder and I were both raised in the era of larger than life hotel and motel swimming pools. How many of you were too?  Big haul road trips came with the extra added bonus of at least one overnight stay in a hotel or motel.  The mid trip overnighter existed in order to break the “are we there yet?” monotony.  This is where things had the power to get summer splash zone interesting.  The first indication of how good or how bad things were to come was based on the size, style, and neon quotient of the hotel or motel sign.  Didn’t your heart drop at first glimpse of a beloved Holiday Inn sign?  The parents may have measured the quality of the overnight accommodations by the luxury offerings, but the kids knew what really mattered- the swimming pool.  In order for  a property to receive the kid approved five star rating there better be a whole lotta pool time on the schedule.

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I guess the more things change the more they stay the same. We’ve clocked many sun screened soaked hours at many a swimming pool with our son. Whenever I see the swimming pool in the image above my mind and heart immediately take me back to a late July afternoon twelve years ago when our son learned to swim. It’s those kind of summer vacation memories that become the priceless souvenirs of a lifetime.  Where will you be making summer vacation memories this year?