Writer Wednesday – My Favorite Vacation


We’re back for the June edition of Writer Wednesday. This month, we’re sharing some highlights of our favorite vacations. It’s hard for me to chose a favorite vacation, because I’ve had so many good ones.

Like the ones that we spend with our kids in New England. After being raised in Florida, both of our girls married Navy guys stationed in Groton, Connecticut. I wouldn’t want to live there in the wintertime, but New England is beautiful the rest of the year. We especially enjoy hiking…


and visiting waterfalls…


And checking out some of the other sights, like the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. Yes, these are actually real carved jack-o-lanterns.




















We’ve also had some fun vacations aboard our sailboat. We started sailing in 1989 when we bought a Compac 16 from my husband’s uncle. We sold our last boat, a MacGregor 26, last year and haven’t gotten a replacement yet. Over the years, we’ve had some really good times with our kids and, more recently, our dog Morgan. She loves sailing. Actually, she loves going anywhere that Mommy and Daddy go.


But one of our favorite kind of vacations is a cruise. Cruises are a really economic way to vacation, when you consider that lodging, meals and entertainment are all included. We’ve been to the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean and the Western Caribbean. The last cruise we took was to New England and Canada. It was June, and this Florida girl almost froze. Our first stop we bought windbreakers. (My sweaters weren’t cutting it.) Our second stop we bought knit caps and gloves. Our third stop, I bought a couple of scarves. It was quite different from cruising the Caribbean, but we had a great time.

A few highlights from that trip…a lighthouse in Maine (I think)…


Hiking in St. John, New Brunswick…

New Brunswick, hiking

The fort in Halifax, Nova Scotia… This guy wouldn’t even twitch, no matter what you said to him.

Guard at Fort, Halifax

Halifax Public Gardens…

Halifax Public Gardens

On the front of a sailboat on Bras d’Or Lake at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia…


Alexander Graham Bell’s mansion on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake…

Bell Mansion

And of course, no cruise is complete without towel art!

Towel Art 2

The final highlight of that trip was being stranded in baggage claim in the Orlando airport because the weather was too bad to unload the plane. Some members of a high school band, also stranded, pulled out their instruments and proceeded to entertain us tired passengers with music, song and dance.

Baggage claim

What about you? What particularly memorable vacations have you had? Check out what fun my writer friends have had by clicking the links below.

Tamra Baumann – Kay Hudson – Tosha (TL) Sumner – Sharon Wray – Jean Willett

10 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday – My Favorite Vacation

  1. I love that you were serenaded while stranded in Florida. That must have been some majorly bad weather for them not to be able to unload the plane! And its great your kids moved somewhere fun to live. My daughter lives in Nashville and we love to visit. I told my son who is getting married in a few weeks that he was only allowed to move away if they move somewhere fun to visit! LOL

  2. LOL, Tammy! I hate having them so far away, because we don’t get to see them nearly enough, but at least they live somewhere that’s fun to visit!

  3. What a great story about being serenaded while stranded in an airport! I’ve cruised to the caribbean but always wanted to go up to Nova Scotia and to see Prince Edward Island. Your photos are beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Sharon! I hope you get a chance to go to Nova Scotia. It’s beautiful! Just be prepared for colder weather, even in the summertime. Although, they did tell us when we were there that it was colder than normal for that time of year.

  4. What fun, and what a nice way to pass the time while stranded. Maybe one of these days I’ll take a cruise out of Galveston–think I’ll avoid northern climes, although I’ve Alaskan cruises can be great.

    1. Yes, Kay, Alaska is another cruise destination that we’ve always wanted to try but haven’t made it yet. I hope you get a chance to take one of the warm climate cruises out of Galveston.

  5. I’ve been to Groton, CT. We go every year to Milford. Love that coastal area! Being serenaded in an airport is a plus, and a wonderful opportunity for the kids to share their talents. Oh, to visit Nova Scotia via a cruise is a great idea. I’ll consider it and thanks for the head’s up with clothing. I visited San Francisco in September one year and had to buy a sweatshirt to stay warm while on the wharf! Thanks for sharing beautiful photos.

    1. That’s cool that you know Groton, Jean. I love that area, too. The beaches are very different from the ones I’m used to in Florida. I hope you get a chance to cruise to Nova Scotia. It’s such a beautiful area.

  6. Cruises are definitely one of my favorite ways to travel. The New England/Canada cruise sounds like a lot of fun. I’m very fascinated by Nova Scotia and one of these days want to visit Cape Briton Island.

    1. I was really impressed with Cape Breton Island, Tosha. It was absolutely beautiful. I thought having a huge lake in the middle of an island was amazing.

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