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  1. I have had a month vacation in Hawaii twice and that is the BEST ever…
    What I would like to do now is to cruise around the world.

  2. I don’t even know what a vacation is. Our last 2 vacations were in 1992 & 2002. Usually being self employed, if we have the money we don’t have the time – and at the times that we have time, we have no money.

    So, day trips to the Indian casinos is the best we ever do. But, I justify it as a mission trip to bring money to the poor Indians. 🙂

  3. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    Going to Minnesota this year for the Vikings-Packers game, taking two of my kids with me, the older one doesn’t wanna go being 18 and all. We go to Palm Springs every spring, family tradition. My Uncle and I are going to the Bahamas next year as he won a trip for two but my family is worried I won’t come back because my uncle is a swashbuclkling, drinking party animal. They think it will end up like Return to Paradise or Weekend at Bernie’s.

  4. Paigemom says:

    Vacation? What’s that? 🙂

  5. Ixtlan says:

    Well since its required:

    I’d spend a year in Jackson, Wyoming.

    I would spend many days in Yellowstone, gazing at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and waiting upon Old Faithful. There is nothing like seeing grizzly, bison, elk, deer, moose, Big Horn sheep, goats and all types of other animals free roaming in that habitat. I’d float the Snake several times; I might even learn to fly fish. I would hike or horseback into the Grand Tetons; a mountain range that I can’t decide whether I like seeing it up close or from the river valley below.

    I’d start my day at Jackson Hole Roasters, hang out in the town square, and spend some evenings at the Snake River Brewery or shooting pool at The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. I would do some seasonal work at one of the ranches helping out during their spring and fall gathers. I would take a few weekends during the summer and head over to Dubois and watch their Friday night rodeo. I would get to know some of the local First Nation people and learn their history and culture.

    A year there and I doubt I’d ever want to go anywhere else, or do anything else.

  6. Nonnie says:

    We used to go to Puerto Gallera and Boracay in the Philippines. We would stay in a nipa hut on the beach for $10-25.00 a night. We gave ourselves a $10 a day budget for food (per person) and just read, relaxed, and snorkelled. It was quite close to Paradise.

  7. Kevin H says:

    I have been fortunate in that I’ve been able to vacation quite a bit throughout my life despite growing up lower middle class and living my adult life no better than solidly middle class. So I’ve gotten to see quite a bit of places across the U.S. and even a little beyond. That being said, one place that I haven’t been that I’d really like to get to someday is Hawaii.

    As for places I’ve been, it’s hard to pick a favorite as ther have been so many I have liked. I have vacationed quite a few times in Williamsburg, VA. I love Colonial Williamsburg (although I’m the only one in my immediate family who really appreciates it) and Busch Gardens. I’ve done Disney World 3 times (although that place can be a bit ovewhelming) and Disneyland once. I’ve done quite a few beaches and would probably have to say that Myrtle Beach, SC has been my favorite. My favorite city to visit that I have been to multiple times is Washington, D.C. I love all the monuments and Smithsonians, especially the Air & Space Museum.

    I’ve also been out West a few times. Spending a few days at Yellowstone was just amazing. I’ve also seen the Grand Canyon twice and spent one day in Sedona, AR which was beautiful. Also did a trip to Southern Cal once, staying in Palm Springs while also seeing LA and San Diego.

    Beyond the States, I visited Germany once as a teenager and really enjoyed that. I also honeymooned in the Carribean on the island of St. Lucia.

    I also have a tradition for the last 13-14 years with my uncle where once a year we do a baseball trip where we visit a city over a weekend and catch a baseball game or two. Most have been within driving distance due to limited funds. But we have seen probably 10-11 different cities. Chicago probably was my favorite, although I have enjoyed all our trips.

    Okay, enough rambling from me. But I sure do enjoy my vacations.

  8. jamesk says:

    Where I haven’t gone: Ireland
    Where I love going to: San Diego and Disneyland

  9. jamesk says:

    If my vacation can be an ultimate road trip, then visiting every MLB stadium is it.

  10. Michael says:

    Lucky me, my favorite place is a quarter tank of gas away.
    Next to that….I loved Geneva intensely.
    I would love to return, but I think that was a one shot wonder of God.
    I’d love to go to Israel without a tour and with a Bible map.

  11. Kevin H says:

    jamesk, I’ll join you on that MLB trip. 🙂

  12. My wife and I both would love to visit England and Scotland. Probably not going to happen anytime soon.
    Now as to a dream of mine, I want about 6 to 7 months of hiking the AT. That would be great.

  13. Nonnie says:

    Derek, we have a guest room for you and wifey, if you come to England!

  14. Bob Sweat says:

    Been to Europe, which was great, but I would like to fly to Niagara Falls, rent a car, and drive down the east coast to Virginia. Of course, this would be done in the Fall.

  15. GW says:

    A week exploring the “hot spots” in BuenO Park would be my choice!

  16. Xenia says:

    My dream vacation would be a ride across Russia on the Trans Siberian Rail Road.

    The best (non-family related) vacation we ever took was Scotland a few years back. I spent a day at Loch Ness looking for the monster.

    These days, we only have the time and resources to visit our children, who are all scattered across the western states.

  17. Xenia says:

    The craziest place I ever visited was France.

  18. Michael says:

    Highly disappointed that Xenia didn’t mention Medford… 🙂

  19. Sarah says:

    I deeply want to go to England and to walk around and just soak in the places I have read so much about. I want to take it in with my kids…but I also want to take it in with some sense of silence and solitude. Someday…same with Ireland.

    I love going home and to my folks’ place in Colorado. It’s simple. Sitting on the back deck watching Maddie light up with delight when the cows “mooo” in response to her, eating ice cream and listening to everyone talk. It still gives me great lift every year that everyone returns…we had all 22 of us there this year. I just have to talk Dad into a pony for Maddie next year 😉

  20. Xenia says:

    Michael, the problem with Medford is that it’s on the way to my son’s house in WA and we are expected to hurry on up to their place and not dawdle along the way. I really loved Oregon!

  21. Ricky Bobby says:

    If “heaven” is a real place, I’d like to take a vacation there, eventually.

  22. Ricky Bobby says:

    Here on this rock, I really like the Central Coast of California (Cambria, Morro Bay area) and I really like McCall, Idaho (think Lake Tahoe without all the people and without all the commercialism, less expensive and you get to pack your gun).

  23. Xenia says:

    We did think we might spend an hour in Portland but I have never seen such a complicated spaghetti of freeways, overpasses and bridges (some very scary-looking) in my life. We thought if we got off the freeway we’d never figure out how to get back on.

    We stopped both ways at Dunsmuir, CA and enjoyed that little town very much.

  24. Michael says:


    You should put Crater Lake on your trip agenda next time…I promise it’s worth it.

  25. Ricky Bobby says:

    Had a great talk with Michael yesterday.

    I am going to give him a “vacation” from me by trying to tone it down and not be myself since it creates such a visceral response from many of you.

    A few things about our talk:

    1. I realize a lot of you really don’t like me. No problem. Michael asked me why I can’t not be the way I am. My comment was, “It’s like asking you not to be short”. It got a laugh out of the salty old man, and probably would have gotten me punched in person LOL 🙂 😆

    2. I realize it stresses Michael out as he takes the blog stuff very seriously and really cares about a lot of you, so for that reason I’ll fake it more on here to appease some of you…but don’t be fooled, I have questions, I have doubts and I don’t miss much of any of the contradictions you present…and I am dualistic like all of you…good and bad. I can be really nice and one of the kindest most generous people on the planet…and I can be a tenacious arse-hole.

  26. Michael says:


    I had to edit that out of my own conscience.
    RB rightly pointed out that he has been generous in the past with me personally and it’s worth citing.
    He did indeed provide my first iPad…and that was a huge blessing .
    It enabled me to do more with my time than ever…and to actually do all the things that I do anyplace I am.

  27. Nonnie says:

    Ricky Bobby, thank you for caring for Michael!

    By the way: I love Morro Bay too! Beautiful. Have you ever eaten at the Great American Fish Company there? Wow! Great Surf and Turf.

  28. Kevin H says:


    I can only speak for myself and not everyone else, but I don’t want you to be fake. But what I would like to see is a demonstrative ability of self-control. Meaning that you certainly don’t need to agree with some or even many of the things said here. You don’t need to fake it and act like you agree or nothing bothers you. But show the self-control to not attack or enter into debate so often. And this may mean you may have to withhold on the large, large majority of your urges here. However, showing discipline is not being fake.

    From your own accounts, you have disciplined yourself to be a good husband and father, despite growing up in circumstances that showed and taught you the opposite. Now while this blog is not nearly as important as your relationship with your wife and kids, I am sure that there are some here that still care for you and your circumstances despite the bad blood that may exist at times. Heck, if Michael didn’t care for you, I would think you’d be long gone by now. I am sure showing some discipline will be appreciated by many.

    All that being said, I do appreciate what may be your latest efforts to be more congenial here.

  29. erunner says:

    I remember taking our young family to I believe Sequoia Ntl Park. I can still picture the streams flowing outside our cabin and listening to the wind softly blow through the trees. We then rented another cabin down in the valley and I recall sitting outside and just soaking everything in. It made it so difficult to leave and go back to real life. As a 20 year old my friend and I took a road trip to Yellowstone with a stop in Vegas on the way. I snuck in and played the slots and won something like $40.00 but the machine didn’t have enough quarters to pay me. I was so scared I took the money and ran! Yellowstone is an amazing place and I thought about going back so I could live there it was so awesome.

  30. erunner says:

    A GW sighting!! I know his identity but I will maintain his secret identity! 🙂

    Ricky Bobby, you used the word haters the other day describing folks who have issues with you and above you said people don’t like you. It’s a bit more complex than that. I am sad you have experienced what you have. My issues have always been with how you have chosen to communicate and if it was someone else it would be exactly the same. I have strong feelings on issues but I harbor no ill will towards you.

    I am off to introduce myself to a very soon to be born granddaughter. Peace out.

  31. Josh Hamrick says:

    e – Congrats on your Granddaughter!

    Another RB “I promise to be good.”…yawn.

    Favorite vacation spot: Somewhere in the islands off the coast of the Carolinas. Beautiful, amazing places. Bunch of them. Some you can only reach by small boat. Little lighthouses on isolated beaches. Love it. Best of all, if I leave in the morning, I can be there by lunch.

  32. covered says:

    Alaska and Maui in that order. I must confess that living on the coast and in the redwoods isn’t a bad place to live either especially if you like world class salmon and crab. Yep, The Lord has blessed us.

  33. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    Ricky B,

    I feel ya, I am a nice guy too but I do have an edge to me. Most here just see the edgy part. I wouldn’t have minded visiting Portland in the old Don Owen run Northwest wrestling promotion days circa 70’s-80s

  34. Josh Hamrick says:

    Solomon, I don’t know where you grew up, but I grew up in Crockett country. It was blissful.

  35. “so for that reason I’ll fake it more on here to appease some of you…”

    Passive aggressive BS

  36. RB,
    In recovery, the saying is, “fake it ’til you make it!”

    Faking it is fine, actually really good in a general social setting.

    You used to piss me off royally. Glad you reached out to me, glad we’ve learned and worked hard to be cordial, civil, find what we truly appreciate about each other. You know my heart toward you and my appreciation for your trying to make sense of faith.

    A note of encouragement and observation about my own journey, unanswered questions and the less than adequate answers I sometimes read, given enough time and reflection you will probably find the inner rage subside, and find grace for those who simply will never see things the way your questions force you to look past the smile on the Mona Lisa and see the brushstrokes.

    It’s ok.

    Central Coast of Caifornia & Morrow Bay are amazing, San Luis Obisbo was a regular stop when I was a rep on the road.


  37. Kid Dynomite says:

    I’m also in the self employed “what’s a vacation” category. Disney in 2002 and Myrtle Beach last year.

  38. Kid Dynomite says:

    I would love to go to Ireland too. Which reminds me, I did go to Spain before I was married.

  39. jamesk says:

    Kevin H, I would fly to New York and then rent an rv and start down the east coast. Make my way west and end in Seattle.

  40. Xenia says:

    Being courteous =/= being a fake.

  41. Xenia says:

    Setting aside RB and his declaration for the moment, but is “just being myself” always a good thing? I think not. Much of what is “me” is pretty awful, if let to run rampant. Discipline is a godly virtue.

  42. Someone who farts in a room of other people is also “just being myself”

  43. Ricky Bobby says:

    MLD, much prefer aggressive aggressive, but I’ll have to go more passive aggressive to keep things happier around these parts


  44. Ricky Bobby says:

    Just wanted to share what God is putting on my heart lately:

    The Dodgers are hotter than hell itself! Woohoo! 🙂

  45. London says:

    So anyway…back to the topic of the thread and vacation….

    I’ve been a lot of places already, but if I had a bucket list of places that still remain – I’d really like to go to Athens, Pompeii and Easter Island. I want to stand in the Acropolis and imagine the voices of all the people that have passed through there. I want to be in Pompeii and imagine what it was like when the volcano erupted (read about it in 5th grade and have been interested ever since) and I want to stand next to the faces at Easter Island and imagine what the artist was thinking as he or she carved them.

  46. Jim says:

    I passed up a on a trip to Greece when I was a kid-would love to go. My wife spent some of her early years in Alaska, and wants to go back.

    Alaska it is! (someday)

    This year, it’ll be a 12 mile drive from my house to a rental condo on the beach. It’ll take about 20 minutes for God to use the Atlantic Ocean to ease my troubled mind. He’s good like that…

  47. Ricky Bobby says:

    Athens isn’t what you think. I was disappointed. It’s a very large, very dirty city. The Parthenon was yellow due to the smog. It was one of the smoggiest cities in the world and that was in the 1990’s, it’s probably only gotten worse.

    Now, some of the smaller towns and coastal towns and the Greek islands were pretty cool.

    We did meet RIchard Dean Anderson in Athens, though (MacGyver). We had fun with the MacGyver stuff. Amazing what he could do with beer, gyros, goat cheese and a paperclip.

  48. Linnea says:

    Derek @12…if you haven’t already, you need to read A Walk in the Woods…an hilarious account of a hike along the AT!

    Want to spend some time in Europe: England, Ireland, Italy.
    Also, would LOVE to see New Zealand because I understand it’s beautiful and you can see the Southern Cross from there!
    Nonnie–double love Morro Bay…I could spend a few weeks there relaxing, easily (if only the time and money thing!)


  49. Linnea @48
    I read that in the 90’s and just this past year I finished 2 other books on the AT, “AWOL on the Appalachian Trail” by David Miller and “Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail” by Paul Stutzman.

    The more I read about it, the more I want to start walking to Maine.

    I just need more financial freedom than I have at the moment. But, I am working on that slowly.

    My wife supports it, but she would rather get to Maine in a more conventional fashion. 🙂

  50. Linnea says:

    Derek @49…My husband and boys want to hike different sections of the Continental Divide trail…
    The AT has a more storied history, however, especially since that slimy governor besmirched the trail and his own reputation recently!

  51. PP Vet says:

    Best vacation ever was to PTL Club in 1986. What a wonderful, happy place.

  52. PP Vet says:

    My great-uncle walked the entire Appalachian Trail at the age of 72 and was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

    I did not join him, since I was only one.

  53. PP Vet says:

    (Going for three in a row.)

    Alps are breathtaking.
    Cruise to Hawaii may be our retirement binge.
    Oregon Pacific coast is just … classically beautiful.
    Caribbean was … disappointing.

    Wherever you are, I have learned, what matters most is who you’re with.

    Finally, I’m with Dorothy:

    There’s no place like home.

  54. Reuben says:

    Thanks for the picture, Michael! I was on a roof when I posted this, realizing what day it was…

    Makes me want to go even more! And wow, could I use a vacation right now…

  55. Xenia says:

    What do you think is going to happen? I think the vast majority of churches will stick with Calvary Chapel and teach whatever they want to teach, as long as it more or less lines up with the distinctives. I suppose a few will break away and be totally independent. Do you foresee a group of dissident churches banding together and forming their own non-denomination?

  56. Xenia says:

    Oops, posted this is the wrong thread. Sorry!

  57. filbertz says:

    Northern Canada

    …not necessarily in that order.

  58. Solomon Rodriguez says:


    I grew up in L.A. Where Mike Lebell ran the local Hollywood wrestling promotion into the ground. It wasn’t until Vince Jr. Expanded his Northeast based WWF into Cali that we had a top notch wresting outfit here in LALA land. I mean the lical office was hotbherebfornso many years then Lebell just mismanaged it in the late 70s to early 80s. Jim Crockett promotions had by far the best workrate of any of the territories and they completely blew the WWF away.

  59. Hey, idea for a Participation Req.

    Let people share a dream of theirs. You know, something they haven’t done, but always wanted to, like skydiving.

  60. Reuben says:

    Like a bucket list thing? You bet! Tune in next week!

  61. Awesome!

  62. If anyone is interested, I posted some photos up.
    One is a bat that landed near my head on a fence and stayed there for a good ten minutes before flying at my face.

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