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Old 11-13-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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Door County, Wisconsin.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:16 PM
 
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Earliest I can remember was (as a child) to Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio and staying at the Hotel Breakers.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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It must have been the summer before my first year in school that my parents took me to Mille Lacs, MN to stay in a little fishing cabin near the Indian reservation there. I remember that it was cold, overcast and the large lake was turbulent. Don't remember enjoying it very much.

I remember that we bought a postcard to send to my grandmother that had a cartoon of a whale on the front and said, "Having a whale of a time!"

I did get excited about the chokecherry jelly we had for breakfast and to this day I'm always on the lookout for a jar or two.

This was in the days before political correctness and before we went home they took me to an "Indian Trading Post" and bought me a headdress with raccoon tails and real feathers and a little birch bark canoe.

I thought that was the neatest deal. Don't think you could find those sorts of things for sale there anymore unless they were "artisanal" and cost a small fortune.

By the time I started school everybody was playing Davy Crockett with their coonskin caps at recess but I much preferred my headdress.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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I got my fair share of family vacation trips as a kid, so I'll go with the first one "on my own".

The regulars here know I've worked in transportation and distributiion all my life, and that I'm an incurable railroad buff. So in September of 1974, after a year an a half in my first real job, I made a trip to some of the big main lines and mountain passes of the Intermountin West; my employer at that time, the long-since-bankrupt Jones Motor Company, was obliging enough to provide free transportation (on the side seat of its 18-wheelers) as far as Chicago.

"Names like "Sherman Hill", "Soldier Summit", "Moffat Tunnel" and the "Wasatch" grade have recognition only among a relatively small fraternity, but at the time, it was the fulfillment of some long-standing plans for me.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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My dad worked for a railroad and got passes to go to Washington DC by train and then up to NYC (from St. Louis). I was about 8 years old...long before Amtrak...and I've been hooked on train travel ever since. Those were the death-spiral years for commercial passenger trains - we took Pennsylvania, Baltimore & Ohio and NY Central back then. Todays Amtrak is a step up in some ways from those old trains.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:58 PM
 
Location: California
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The first trip I remember taking was when I was about 8 and my family took a car trip to Crater Lake Nat'l Park. I only remember bits and pieces but they were vivid and happy memories. I made the same trip with my own kids 30 years later!
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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When I was three years old, my family vacationed at Long Beach Island, New Jersey. While I'm sure I missed a lot, I remember quite a few things. Mom bought a red bathing suit for me--and red was my favorite color. My afternoon nap was taken under an umbrella at the beach. I got to play in sand and at the edge of the surf every day that we were there. Truthfully, I only remember two naps and two water events. Someone gave me a box of Barnum's Animal Crackers which my mother wouldn't have allowed at home.
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:30 AM
 
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First vacation that I barely remember would have been to Corpus Christi when I was about 4. A couple of years later was Puerto Rico. My father had a business meeting there and brought the family.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:53 AM
 
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Venice, Italy when I was 4.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Backpacking in Paris France at 17 and after that London . Had a great time and have done some traveling since and I love it .
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