I like going to all three answers, but I would have to say that I love the mountains best of all. Perhaps because that is where I was raised. Driving the curvies in my convertible on a sunny day. Now I do enjoy the beach, or going to the lake, and a historic place has more stuff for my spongelike mind to absorb, but the mtns. win many times.
Bob. You only need socks if you take the AK. cruise. If you go to Mexico you won't need them. lol. There are some good cruises along the Mexican Riviera out of L.A. That's a very easy place for me to get to. I would love to do one of those.
Rob. I know what you mean about getting your land legs back. I thought it was just me. lol..
In Feb.2003, I went on a cruise with my father and brother to the eastern caribbean and aruba. My sister was married and had a child, so my brother and I became Dad's travel partners after Mom died. My father suffers from Parkinson's disease, and on the morning that we had saided into Aruba, he was moving a little slow.
When we got down to the docks, all the taxi's were gone. As luck would have it, there was a guy that gives island tours there. He offered to run us out to Baby Beach for the cost of a taxi, where we were headed to do a little snorkeling.
On the way, we didn't want to infringe on his knowledge as a tour guide so we discussed the scenery amoungst ourselves. He joined in with and we shared experiences of island life vs. life in the states. It was quite cool. He had lived on the island his whole life and never been elsewhere.
He dropped us off and offered to come pick us up when we were ready. Not wanting to put him out of his way, we told him that we would just ride the tour bus back, so that he could go and find an island tour and make his money, but he was insistant, so we made plans for him to pick us up several hours later.
We had a lovely time at Baby Beach snorkeling, and no, I am not naked in the picture! LOL. In the little cafe shop, they sold bread that you could take out and feed the fish, as well as little underwater disposable cameras. That was quite interesting as the fish could be very aggressive for only 2-6" long.
When the time came, our tour guide was there and took us back to the ship. On the way back, my brother made the comment that he had read in NewsWeek that Subway had surpassed McDonalds in number of stores in the US. I found it quite quaint given the enourmousness of the US vs. Aruba, that our guide asked "So how many resturants do they have? 200???".
We sailed from Aruba back NE towards Puerto Rico, which that time of year (allways?) was quite rough, and a two day voyage.
We had already gotten to see an active volcano in the distance at sunset in Venezula, but perhaps the coolest thing was looking over the side of the ship from our suite on the "fun day at sea" on the run from the eastern islands over to Aruba, my brother and I got to see a pod of dolphins.
Evidently, that is fairly rare and considered a great blessing by the employees on the ship, as after we mentioned it to our waiter at dinner, he brought several other people over to discuss it with us.
After a week of cruising, I had trouble getting my landlegs back again. The ship kept rocking for 4 days after I returned to Atlanta. :o) After returning on Sunday, I almost fell out of the shower on Tuesday with my face full of shampoo. Evidently, my house had hit quite a large wave!
what about socks? Anyone use socks? A good friend of mine just got a 6 month stint with Norwegian Cruise Lines running down the Pacific coast to Mexico and up to Alaska. She's going to let me know what the scoop is for the best singles cruises they have. I promised her I would go. So sometime this summer...I'm doing a cruise. Ahhh...or maybe I'll take my daughter and do the Alaskan cruise.
The cruise was great. A lot of fun. I liked it so much I inquired about doing it again this week but it was booked; lol, or else I would still be down in the Carri bean. The photo is of our table. Killian is missing. She was practicing for the karaoke finals. We even had a celebrity at the table.. Anyone recognize who it is? I sailed, snorkeled, jet skied and scuba dived.
The food was great and the entertainment was adequate. It's not where you go that makes or breaks a vacation. It's who you hang out with that really counts. JMHO.
I'd vote for the mountains, because if you're lucky, you'll end up somewhere near some water, and probably in a historic area in itself. There's something about being around nature...without a lot of noise and distraction...that forces one to just be his or her own self. You see just how small you are in the grand scheme of life. Watching the morning sun come up with a mist in the air, listening to crickets when you fall asleep, and an outdoor campfire makes eating more satisfying than dinner at a 5-star Marriott. I used to drive from Gainesville, GA up to Helen for just a day trip. Take in the scenery along the way. Eat lunch by the river, and sight-see a mile long trek, just browsing. But the mountains provide a backdrop that make you just wanna lose track of time. It's priceless.
I thought a half hour on the jet sky was ok. But I didn't know there's a 30 minute boat ride to and from the area, where they allow power sports and then a little wait time in between getting suited up. All together 2- 2 1/2 hrs of hot bright sun, ouchy momma! Now look at the results. LOL. lots and lots of aloe. stevey
It was great and had a really good time, a beautiful ship too! I don't want to say too much until the others are back! They would probaly like to share the experience and honestly I'm a slow typer, lol. I think they all had a great time. Killian was great, although I didn't get to spend much time with all. I think it's time to book another one though!!! The ship was great and big. A little bit short on entertainment though! Then Killian got on stage and wow! Look out!lol. St. Thomas was good except this time I shopped for the jewelry and didn't want to take it off. Funny never really wore any before, it must be a fever. Now I have to go back for a nice watch, lol! The gold is so cheap. The gem's are gorgeous, funny how they all are ;) I think Aruba is the most beautiful place, and the people were the best compared to other places. The incident in Aruba is very isolated and the people there are really concerned about tourists, The culture and country has a great deal of Dutch influence and is very safe. No taxes and free medical. Tourism is 80% of their industry though. The island is magnificent. Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, etc... according to the locals, visit often on their "ships". The jet skying was great! Salt water burning in the eyes and the throttle was still pinned, LOL. Wholey sun burn, trying to get pictures up, but a little slow. will be back on soon. Stevey
I too have experienced the mountains, many times. They are beautiful. A must see, at least once in a lifetime, I love them. I live amongst 100' tall trees, lakes, beaches, campfires, fishing and good people (not all though). Barbados was great, the sights, quiet beaches, shopping,villages and people.I love Aruba and would and would love to spend a lot more time there. I think we should boycott Canada for letting Karla Hamolka out, her victims are still dead. How about "good ole U.S of A." for letting Clinton get away with his sex! What about O.J. Simpson? How about the Kennedy's? lol! I think Operah has split up many, many marraiges and shouldn't be so bi assed lol! Maybe we should boycott her show. She has so much money on other peoples dilemma's, Jerry Springer's got to be jellous.lol. I too think the judges son had something to do with Hollaway, but apparently her white mother was like a Hitler and had a vendetta against her daughter too. P.S. sorry about your bad experiences, time has away of healing and your son will probably want to spend more quality time with his mother later on in life when time allows and he understands better stevey
After living on the beach Caribbean BARBADOS this is a shot from my backyard..Sandy beach..
And seeing all the sunsets and silvery moon dance across and yes I had some real passion under the moon and many moments with my son my beloved mom and even the ex building bonfires...and just solitude but in latter months My beach experience became Hell on the beach as beloved mom called my backyard in Barbados which is where I am sitting in one of my photos..SO GIVE ME ASPEN and A nice fire...Wink
For me it's kind of seasonal. I have the Rocky Mountains offering skiing at my back door during the Winter months. So in Jan./Feb. or March, I like to retreat to somewhere tropical to enjoy white sandy beaches, turquoise waters & some balmy sunny days.
I love the mountains in Summer to hike, as well as, the lake.
Anytime between May to October is a great time to travel to Europe and enjoy the different cultures, as well as, take in the different architecture and the HISTORY...North America is still in the baby stages when it comes to its history, compared to Europe and Asia.
Turkey has been one of my best and most memorable trips.
Well, it all depends on the type of vacation it is. If it's a family vacation, I prefer the beach because my son will enjoy it more. However, if it's a romantic get away or just a retreat from every day life, I prefer the mountains. In the mountains you can enjoy the breath taking views, clean air, and solace that is both unforgettable and priceless.
beautynbrains4u write: Tough call, I just about enjoy it all. But if I just want to relax, I hop in the car in summer and go to Rhode Island to the shore. Prefer the North East shoreline. Spend a lot of time in the catskill and Adirondeck Mtns which are close by to me. Depends much on my mood. For travel outside the states, in winter, I seek warmer climates for scuba..Red SEA, Carribean...
It is a tough call and completely dependent on state of mind while planning the vacation.
I lived in CA for a long time and miss the mountains terribly. There is nothing comparable to climbing a mountain, sitting at the top overlooking the world. It brings clarity of mind.
The water (and the larger body of water, the better and not necessarily the beach), is soothing to the soul.
Historical places are also a draw for my insatiable appetite for learning history and culture.