When I was a kid my parents thought it was important to take a family vacation every summer. We would pack up the car with a week’s worth of clothes, camping supplies and food and drive to Yellowstone or someplace equally educational. My dad was one of those guys that had to read every Historical roadside sign – aloud while we kids sat in the back seat rolling our eyes and wishing for a big falling rock to land on the car. I’m not sure why the Grand Canyon was Yawnsville compared to the allure of what Tommy Bartlett’s’ Robot World billboard promised, but I can tell you we begged to see countless tacky ol’ fiberglass Dinosaur Parks. Our parents responded to our pleas with their own barfing noises of refusal “Barf bleeaack ack! Why would you want to go see a fake dinosaur when we can go see real dinosaur bones?” I’d reply dripping with sarcasm “Um gee, because it's so fun to go stare at really, really old bones”. I think my poor parents were just looking for a little peace and quiet out there camping on the side of a mountain and we kids were looking for Space Mountain. I did get to see Devils Tower, Old Faithful, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, Pike’s Peak among others wonders of America which held all the charm of a history class for me. And there was one astonishing summer we spent in a magnificent compromise at Slide Rock in AZ, which is a kind of natural water slide carved into the mountain. But, I would’ve given my pinkie toe for Santa’s Village (I can hear my mom barfing right now). Dan grew up spending his family vacation at Disney, Epcott, MGM, Walldrug, Ski-boat filled lakes, Six Flags Great America, Circus World Museum and every other cool roadside attraction/hotel/water slide/pool and Hostess filled cornucopia of fun. His dream vacation is to take Ella and me on a tour of Civil War battlefields of the Northeast and read every historical roadside sign we pass. I want to take her to Disneyland, but this year we are going to Vegas (Thank God).
Where do you go on your family vacations?