March 13, 2019 at 8:25 am #5813
I’m excited for Alladin. Just saw the newest trailer and love it.April 15, 2019 at 1:54 pm #5848
Abha – your trip to Augusta was super cool! How long did you stay?June 3, 2019 at 11:45 am #6081
We spent the weekend in Monterey Ca. Such a great weekend getaway for the family. We took our time exploring the aquarium & then explored the waterfront. The otters were out and about, eating among the kelp. And the sea lions were all basking in the sun. Our friends were running the Spartan race so we went out to support them. One of the boys was signed up for the Kids race so Malia asked to join. Max, surprisingly, wanted to join in on the fun. They all did awesome. Malia is hooked and is already looking forward to the next one. Max, we’ll see. haha!June 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm #6082
Fun! That is awesome they did the race!! Monterey looks like such a cool place. I went as a real little kid, but don’t remember it at all! I would love to visit there one day.June 24, 2019 at 9:11 am #6165
Okay, gonna go on a travel rant for a minute. Then tell me about your “worst” travel day…
We had the travel day from hell yesterday. The upside is that it could have been worse, cuz I’ve heard much worse stories! So, we went for a long weekend to visit Scott’s parents at their Maryland house. If you know how Maryland is shaped, you know that the area called “the eastern shore” where people go to the beach is a giant peninsula. So, you can only get over there by driving really far north into Delaware, and then driving south down the peninsula. Or you have to cross the Bay Bridge from the western side of Maryland to the eastern. This makes for tough travelling, since there is no decent airport that you can fly into on the eastern shore. So, we have to fly into Baltimore, rent a car, and then sit in summer Bay Bridge traffic for an additional 3 hour car ride to their house. The bottom line, it’s not easy! It’s a pain in the butt. On the way there, we were mostly okay, but we had bad traffic around the airport & bridge. On the way home, OMG, hell on Earth. We drove to the airport okay with the usual bridge traffic. We had plenty of time to eat & get on the plane. While we were on the plane, a quick storm system moved through Atlanta. So we couldn’t fly in. Our plane circled over South Carolina for about 30 minutes. Then, we were running out of fuel. So, we had to stop in South Carolina for fuel. But, the back-up into the Atlanta airport was truly bad by then. So, we had to sit on the tarmac in South Carolina for 1 1/2 hours until we could get into Atlanta. Flight attendants passed out water & snacks by then. The crappy thing is, it’s not that far to drive from Greeneville to Atlanta. But, we never de-planed, so that wasn’t an option. We finally get into Atlanta, and then there was no gate available for us to de-plane for 40 more minutes. Ugh! That’s the part that makes me most mad. I understand the weather issues, but the backups on the ground are frustrating. I wish airports dealt with that shit better. We were so tired and “done” by that time. Poor Rhett. He was a trooper. He didn’t complain too much. I had plenty of snacks and things to keep him busy. We were all just sick of sitting on that plane for what would have been a 1 hour 15 minute flight home! We got home 5 hours after we were supposed to.
What is your “worst” travel story? Do you have a crazy travel story?June 24, 2019 at 10:12 am #6172
OMG the waits on Tarmacs are AWFUL! I’m sorry you had to go through that. That happened to me a couple of times but I can’t remember when (or I blocked it out of my mind). I get very claustrophobic in situations like that & will have panic attacks. Glad you got home safe!June 24, 2019 at 5:55 pm #6173
Yeah, Scott gets claustrophobic too. He started feeling it for sure. That is one reason he won’t go on a cruise. At least the bathrooms didn’t get too stinky, cuz you know if anything is gonna bother me, it’s the stank on a plane haha! If it was just Scott & I dealing with travel hassles, it’s not as big of a deal. But, when you throw kids into the mix, it’s so much harder.July 25, 2019 at 10:27 pm #6238
We booked a last minute trip to Santa Cruz to get the kids away from their usual scene. Perfect timing since it’ll be a scorcher this weekend and nice along the coast.July 27, 2019 at 5:34 pm #6244
Fun! Have a good time! My psych mentor in college went to grad school in Santa Cruz and he used to talk about it all the time 🙂July 29, 2019 at 10:08 am #6246
I enjoyed Santa Cruz more than I thought I would. It has definitely changed since my college days. Back then it felt seedy, dirty and dangerous. Didn’t feel that way at all this time. It was cleaned up really well, lots of food options (besides corn dogs and fried twinkies) and all around good atmosphere. I’ll definitely take the kids again.
It was the first time Malia rode the “big kid” rides. She is definitely a little thrill seeker. She loved her first real roller coaster and the pirate ship ride. She had an amazing time.
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