What was your Top 5 Childhood Travel Bucket List?

While I was growing up I was fortunate enough to have a super travel planner in my mother who made it a priority that every summer our family would visit a new part of the country in our handy pop up camper.  The camper had wheels the size of a small motor bike so at least one tire repair per trip so we were destined to spend a couple of hours in a repair shop….. usually in Smalltown, USA  and if we were lucky, it had a Waffle House

And while my dad was not in the league of Clark Griswold, navigating through vacation mayhem, it made me wonder what summer vacation memories others look back on and why.    I have visited over 42 states in total and my top 5 are from my childhood are listed below:

 

Jekyll Island1.  Jekyll Island, Georgia.  This island boasted an exclusive vacation club for wealthy and influential families called the Jekyll Island Club and boasted members like Joseph Pultizer, William Rockefeller, and William Vanderbilt.  It is now a historical hotel and we were able to tour the exclusive club and grounds.  Every morning I woke up to chattering birds in the campground that felt like a tropical forest.  I remember this trip oddly enough because a family friend applied pressure to a mustard packet in a restaurant we stopped at and the mustard went sailing onto the shirt of a guy in the booth behind us.  Of course, our parents were mortified and we couldn’t leave the restaurant fast enough.

2. Seattle, Washington.  This destination was part of a three week summer trip specifically to see the King Tut Exhibit in Seattle.  A large portion of these artifacts are no longer permitted outside of Egypt so you can imagine my disappointment as an adult taking my kids through an “edited exhibit” in Chicago a few years ago upon its return that had hardly any of the items in the original US tour.
3. The houseboat trip on Lake Kentucky that spans through Kentucky and Tennessee delivered a camping experience with immediate access to water sports.   My sister and I spent the week perfecting our jumps off the roof of the houseboat into the lake and roasting marshmallows every night.  Pure childhood heaven!

 

 

4.  Casco Bay Area in Maine.  Maine’s coast line is one of the most picturesque that I know and excellent for shell collecting.  Two things I remember the most from that trip was during a boat ride on the Atlantic, how thrillingly close we got to blue whales and hearing the calls to each other and having my first taste of lobster.

5.  Last but not least, the rugged California coastline and trip through the National Redwood Forest.   My sister and I were much smaller at the time, but even as an adult to look up at the trees and be unable to see the tops of the trees made us feel like we were one inch woodland fairies in some magical kingdom.  I was in awe of the road tunneling right through the truck of the giant trees and running around the tree circumference playing hide and seek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Readers, what were your top 5 childhood travel memories?

Ideas for Your Trip to San Francisco

Hi everyone!  I am guest blogger for Lynn and recently got to cross San Francisco off of my bucket list.  I think it is one of the most beautiful cities in the US.  I visited San Fran in March of this year and would like to share with you a few of my “must see” spots.

Alcatraz

This place lived up to the hype!  It was creepy and cool all at the same time.  Bring your camera, the photo ops are limitless.   The inside looks just as it did 70 years ago and the views of the city from the island are beautiful!  I listened to the guided tour (on headphones) and got to learn the history of the prison.  Be sure to buy tickets in advance, Alcatraz Island Tours, as it does sell out!  You will love it.

Pier 39

Want to checkout some cute sea lions?  Go to Pier 39.  They are hilarious and very entertaining to watch.  I would suggest stopping by first thing in the morning, there will be way less people and you will get a great view of “the show”.  Beware, they are loud!

Hawk Hill

If you have a rental car, drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and hike up Hawk Hill.  Spectacular views!    This was at one time a fort for the United States and there are old bunkers built into the ground, so the history buff will love this spot.

So these were just a few of my favorite spots in San Fran.  The food, architecture and views are simply amazing.  I would also checkout Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Ghirardelli Chocolate (free samples, enough said) Boudin’s Bakery and Ferry Building Marketplace.  What are your favorite spots in this city?  I can’t wait to go back and explore even more!

Thanks for having me Lynn!

Enjoy  ~ Jamie

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