Family Vacations

Despite the gas prices, wouldn’t it be nice to go even an hour away to get away from everyday life and have some family sharing time? I remember “the old days” when I was a kid and our family trapped itself in a non-air-conditioned car together (flying was unthinkable for most) and lived out of a little Starcraft pop-up camper, with my neat-nik mother constantly sweeping out the sand and dirt. Together-time can drive us crazy, but family vacation time is still a great way to get to know each other better — when all are away from the busyness of schedules and TV and videogames. Well, nowadays it is very difficult to totally get away from all that, but we can do our best.

My parents loved nature and so us children were encouraged to love nature also, which didn’t take much prompting. Our family could be found kneeling on a carpet of pine needles to examine a peculiar mushroom or searching through Field Guide to North American Birds for the name of that jay-type bird we spotted. Unfortunately, I grew up to be a wimpy hotel-loving mom, and perhaps that is why those memories are extra precious to me. I have done my noncamping best, however, to instill a love of nature in my kids, with mixed results.

Soon we will be cruising with extended family along the Inside Passage of Alaska as we have big anniversaries and a graduation to celebrate. We’ll be sharing excitement, history and nature and bonding generations through those shared experiences. Yes, we’re doing the family vacation in a much grander way than the old-time camping, but does it really matter how a family shares? My old memories of simple times shine so brightly through the haze of time.

Note: Consider keeping a journal during vacations, not just notes about what you did or saw but what you thought about. This might also help decipher the wheres and whens of photos as well as keep the events of days straight. I’ll be making a scrapbook of our Alaska trip.

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About moonbridgebooks

Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), and cats
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  1. Linda Hillin says:

    I enjoyed reading some of your blog this afternoon. I was attracted to your blog for the Japanese connection. I have a Japanese daughter-in-law and a precious little grandson of Japanese/American heritage. I’m a new blogger and would be pleased if you visit my blog “Texas to Oregon” http://texastooregon.blogspot.com/

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