One of my very favorite vacations is a trip to Disney World I took with my family. I had been to Disney before, when I was five, but this trip was even more special. It was 3 months after September 11th happened. We found a hotel offering rooms for $29, and of course, flights were deeply discounted. We ended up booking the trip, and although we were nervous flying so soon after such a major tragedy, we went. As any Disney fan knows, there is just something magical about Disney at Christmas. Main Street in the Magic Kingdom had "snow", the decorations were absolutely beautiful, and it truly is the "happiest place on Earth!" The Grand Floridian had an enormous Gingerbread House in the lobby that the staff decorated each day. The Osborne Family lights lit up an entire area, and there is something really neat about swimming outside your hotel in December. To top it all off, everyone that we encountered was so nice and friendly. This was most definitely one of my favorite vacations!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the first time I went to Duke. Spending $300 for two tickets was definitely worth it. I loved the group of seniors on the 2010 team, and being able to go with my mom and dad made it really special as well. I finally got to see Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Krzyzewskiwville. I walked into the Stadium as Tulsa (their opponent!) was practicing. I looked up in the rafters and saw the jersey's of J.J. Redick, and Christian Laettner. I'd seen the jerseys on TV a countless number of times, and here they were right in front of me. After the game that ended with a win, I got to meet some of my favorite players. Duke has a beautiful campus, and I got to spend my life savings (not really, but I could have!) in the bookstore. I ate lunch in the Student Center (Duke fans-The Loop! Delicious, am I right?!), and enjoy the beautiful North Carolina weather on a February day. When I was in the car leaving Durham, I cried. I got to experience something that I have always wanted to do. Now, I am craving a trip to go back!
One of the last favorite vacations I have is a trip to Myrtle Beach that myself and my parent's went on. We had originally planned to stay a week, but after beautiful weather, deeply discounted condo rental, and an awesome time we stayed for 3 extra days. I find great relaxation, and peace being at the ocean. I find God's beauty in the infinite ocean, the tiny grains of sand, and the details of seashells and sea creatures. During this trip, we ventured out on the pier, ate at River City Cafe, our favorite burger place, and shopped at our favorite shopping center, Barefoot Landing. It is memories like these that I will cherish with my family.
What are some of your favorite vacations? I can't wait to read about them! Leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite vacations!