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Timeline of Vacations
Updated:2018-01-09 19:31 by
This timeline shows Don and Charlotte vacations and other travels by year.
West Coast of USA
Updated:2018-01-12 09:14 by
We took our first trip to the West Coast in 1978 when Holly was only 3 and Heather was 5. We visited Carmel, Los Angles, and drove up the coast to San Francisco. We loved Carmel and have been back. More recently we took a Trafalgar tour from San Francisco up through Oregon to Portland: https://www.trafalgar.com/usa/tours/adventures-in-the-wild-northwest#Itinerary When Holly and Chris lived in Gig Harbor WA for several years we took several vacations in the Northwest. Some highlights were the tour of the Boing Factory in Evert: http://www.boeing.com/company/tours/ We also toured Mt. Rainier, the Seattle Space Needle, and the Chahulie exhibit and glass blowing facility:
Walt Disney World
Updated:2018-01-24 11:20 by
We started going to Walt Disney World in 1971 and have been back many times. We have also stayed at several of the Disney hotels including Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polinesian, Tree House Villas, and Shades of Green. Our favorite park is Epcot. We have also visited Disneyland in California. On our must recent visit to Disney World, we had the entire family with all 4 grandchildren and we went high tech park hopper passes and cell phone app to check wait times and sign-up for rides. See the whole family here: In 2014 we had the whole family on the Disney Dream cruise out of Port Canaveral. We had a great time. Here is a picture of the whole family: http://www.scrapbookchronicles.life/pics/dsh/vacations/FamilyDisneyCruise.jpg
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The Balsams is one of my favorite memories. We went to the Balsoms in Dixville Knotch New Hampshire in 1981, 1983, 1992, and 1998. I loved the beautiful setting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire overlooking a lake. Activities included golf, tennis, swimming, rowing, canoeing, and hiking. It was all on the American Plan with a fixed price per day that included all meals. They had world class chefs serving multiple course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You did have to dress up a little for dinner. They had a great game room with pool, ping-pong, etc. and they had a theater where where would show movies and also hold variety talent shows put on by the college kids who worked there in the summers. We flew to Portland Maine on winter break one year, and it was 0 when we landed. We rented a car and drove to the Balsams. When we got there they were serving hot chocolate and cookies in the lobby. We enjoying the skying that winter.
Vail Ski Resort
Updated:2018-01-10 10:42 by
We went skiing several times in Vale Colorado as well as at the Balsams. Once we went with a large group from our Holiday Park neighborhood and rented a bus to take us all to the airport.
Alaska Cruise with Holland America
Updated:2018-01-09 19:29 by
We loved the cruise on Holland America from Vancouver to Anchorage. The inland waterway was beautiful including up close view of ice breaking off glacier. We also took excursion on sea-plane to see it all from the sky. The meals and accomidations were great. Only problem was that after we did exercise walking around the deck, we would end up a the free ice cream machine. Not a good way to loose weight. In 1994 we also took Holland America cruise to the Cayman Islands and had a great time.
Hawaii with Perillo
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We loved vacation on Hawaii with week on Maui. The weather and the beaches were perfect. We took a helicopter ride all around the islands.
Updated:2018-01-10 11:07 by
In 2001 The Higgins, Dislers, and Carters all went to Lake Tahoe and stayed in a 3 bedroom condo. The Higgins took their first hot air baloom ride over Lake Tahoe. The Carters and Dislers all went mountain bike riding and we all had a great time.
Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore
Updated:2018-01-17 06:50 by
In 2004 we took a tour starting in Salt Lake City and then on to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. Visiting the Mormon church and seeing the salt lake was most interesting. It was great to be back at Yellowstone and see Old Faithful and also so many more boiling water spots around the park. We also saw many buffalo. We reached Mount Rushmore on July 4 and there was heavy security as they scanned the buses for bombs etc.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Updated:2018-01-12 17:28 by
In 2016, Charlotte and I attended a reunion of the Higgins family in Cavendish, PEI, Canada. We stayed at the Bosom Buddies Cottages in Cavendish here: http://cavendishbosombuddies.com/ Cousin Myrna, her daughters Emily and ?, her brothers Brian and ? all came from Hamilton Ontario. We held a picnic one day and my other cousins from PEI, Wallena and Lucinda came to the picnic. One day several of us drove to Charlottetown and went to the play, Gilbert about Anne and Gilbert. From 1951 to 1963 I went to PEI every summer for a month with my mother and stayed in our cottage in Cavendish. In 1985 Charlotte and I took the girls to PEI for their first visit. In 2012 Charlotte and I went back to PEI and had a nice time with my cousin Mary Carr who drove us all around the Island including Malpeque where my mother grew up on a farm until she wento Summerside to attend high school.
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In 2006 we took a Taulk Canadian Rockies tour starting in Calgary and on up to Baniff, Lake Louise, and Jasper National Park. We stayed at the lodge on Lake Louise and it was just beautiful view of the lake and mountains. In 2015 we took the Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride from Baniff to Vancouver. The train stopped for the night in Camloops where we stayed in a vary nice hotel. We went on this trip with our neighbors Richard and Connie Smith and had a great time. We sat together on upper domed deck with perfect view of the mountains and countryside. And we ate too much. https://www.rockymountaineer.com/find-package?gclid=CjwKCAiA1uHSBRBUEiwAkBCtzZK-xpZwTZyKwIYOTQUR8XJkP-uDc58AEzBLvPga6XNly_bltvuE_hoCKvwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds In 2016 we took jet boat from Seattle to Vancouver Island to visit Butchart Gardens during the April tulip season which was beautiful: http://www.butchartgardens.com/best-time-visit-gardensfullsitetrue/
Newport Road Island
Updated:2018-01-13 06:42 by
In 2007 and 2008 we visited the Carters in Newport Road Island while Chris was attending the Navy War College. Lily was fascinated by all the Dunkin Doughnut shops on just about every corner and would shout out every time she saw one as we were driving around. We enjoyed visiting the RI beach and touring all the mansions (see website).
Grand Canyon, Brice, Zion National Parks
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In 2011 we took a Trafalgar tour from Phoenix to Sedona, Flagstaff, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks. In Flagstaff we visited observatory to see the night sky. We took a boat tour on Lake Powell, and stayed at lodge by edge of Grand Canyon. The view of Grand Canyon at sunset was awesome. We walked trails in Bryce to see Hoodoos and walked trails in Zion by river and cliffs.
England and Scotland
Updated:2018-01-13 07:29 by
From 1995 until 2004 I worked for Micro Focus in Newbury, England. I worked from my home in Florida and visited the home office in Newbury once or twice a year. At first it was exciting to fly British Air from Tampa to Gatwick and then drive on the wrong side of the road to Newbury and stay at a very old hotel named the Checquers where I could walk to the company home office. The flight was about 8-9 hours and the seats kept getting smaller over the years. Once we had to land in Halifax NS to drop off a passenger who was having heart problems. Micro Focus had a great company cafitera that served free full meals at lunch time which was all I needed. The group of software developers I worked with would often go out for dinner which was a great chance to get to know everyone. Charlotte flew over with me and we would tour the sites in England before I went on to Newbury and she flew home. In 2013 we took another Trafalgar tour of Scotland including Edinburgh Castle and the annual Tattoo event with many groups from different countries participating.
Best of Italy
Updated:2018-01-13 07:04 by
In 2012 Charlotte and I took a 2 week Trafalgar tour of Italy including Rome, Isle of Capri, Venice, Lake Como, and a day tour into Switzerland to buy chocolate. Sadly we did not see George Clooney on his motorcycle at Lake Como, but we loved this tour with the best guide ever named Franco. I was amazed at how clean Venice was with all its waterways with water taxis carrying people and supplies.
Paris to Normandy Riverboat Cruise
Updated:2018-01-12 17:41 by
In 2014 we took our first riverboat cruise from Paris to Normandy on Uniworld with our neighborhood friends Richard and Connie Smith. This was the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion and there were special services at the cemetery in Normandy. The cruise was delightful with daily stops at points of interest along the Seine river including the home of several artists.
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