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Old 05-29-2010, 05:42 PM
Location: Australia
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A few years ago, my adult daughter and I did a road trip, starting in San Francisco. We had booked our rental car for a month and, apart from meeting up with a friend in Vancouver, had no particular itinerary in mind. We moseyed up the west coast, stopping off wherever we felt like it, and arrived in Vancouver about a week later. We had planned to stay just two or three days with our friend because she had to fly to Calgary to visit family.

On the last day, our friend suggested we drive ourselves to Calgary so we could meet these family members while she was with them. She told us we couldn't stay with her because there wasn't enough room in the house... no prob, we'd find a hotel! We spent two or three days driving through amazing Canadian scenery and having a good old look around. On arrival in Calgary our friend told us that a neighbour across the street had offered to put us up for a night or two... which was a lovely surprise and how kind of him to offer beds to two complete strangers!

While we were there, this lovely neighbour told us he owns a log cabin in a tiny township in Montana and that we were very welcome to spend some time there if we found ourselves in the area. He told us which tree the key was hidden in (!), where to find bed linen, and how to light the fire.

Lo and behold, several days later we noticed a signpost for this very town... we were just a few miles away!

We had a delightful time in the cabin... it was beautifully appointed, with a gorgeous outlook (and baby deer in the garden)! The historic town was interesting... plenty to see and do.

Our third surprise happened when we were just driving back into California (via Wyoming, Utah and Nevada) when we heard from friends of ours (who lived near us in Australia), announcing they were on their way to Disneyland and why didn't we meet them there for a couple of days before heading back to San Francisco. Well, why not! So we did... and a jolly good time was had by all!
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:35 AM
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Yes, I have heard a lot of people saying some monuments that are very beautiful outside are not that beautiful inside... or not that pleasant to visit at all.

flyonpa and Creek, wonderful posts. Hopefully there are still many people willing to help other travelers like those did.

Lilac Farm and BlueWillow, gotta love your posts!
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:33 PM
Location: Airports all over the world
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A few years back I did a rode trip thru Washington and Oregon. I drove down to Medford OR. When planning my rout back to Seattle I noticed a secondary hwy that went to Cresent City CA. I was born in CA but had not been there since I was 4 so I decided to take the hwy. It was quite the pleasent surprise when I found myself in the middle of a Redwood forest.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:08 PM
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My dad and I took several cross-country trips by car together in the 90's. On one of them I wanted to go to Graceland. Elvis' home. I'd come to know a woman who knew Elvis and had actually lived there so I had heard a lot of stories about both Elvis and Graceland from her.

My father, more of a Big Band kind of guy wasn't interested. At all. But I twisted his arm and we went.

He loved it! Took the tour. While the tour guide was describing various points of interest in the house and grounds I was telling my Dad stories my friend had told me. I was trying to make it a commentary just for my dad but pretty soon I noticed people were listening in.

At one point my dad quietly pointed out a young woman to me who was off by herself crying. She was an illustration of how much Elvis meant to his fans and my dad was quite touched by her.

For years afterwards we talked about Elvis and Graceland and what a special afternoon that was. I'm so grateful we saw it together.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:04 PM
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In Lucerne, on my first trip to Europe, with a group tour, there was a snafu with our group's dinner reservations at a lakeside casino, so we were going to have to trudge back up the mountain and eat at the hotel. My three companions and I were in no mood for a hotel dinner on that lovely evening in Switzerland, so we literally snuck away from the group as they hiked back to the hotel. We grabbed a taxi and asked to be taken to a nice place with lots of atmosphere. We were not disappointed, he took us to an amazing old castle high on the mountain overlooking the city, where we dined outside overlooking the city lights and the lake below. There was a live orchestra and the waiter was so friendly, when they discovered we were from Texas the orchestra played "The Eyes of Texas" for us. One of the other customers asked us to dance, and ordered champagne for our table. We had an amazing and memorable evening, thanks to those cancelled reservations, and because we took a chance on the spur of the moment.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:10 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Meeting my wife in Guatemala. It was love at first sight, and 20 years later, it still is.
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