Happy Father’s Day

Then and now! 

Growing up, my Dad worked multiple jobs and shifts to support us, so our vacations were trips to the lake.  My grandparents had a cabin at Cape Fair on Lake Taneycomo in Missouri, and that’s where our family went.  When campers became the fad, my parents bought one of those pop-out campers for our trips.  I loved fishing. 

When Roger and I were married, I was dismayed to learn that Roger hated fishing.  He loved scuba diving and waterskiing, but not fishing.  We abandoned lake vacations, traveling to local destinations like Branson, Eureka Springs, Kansas City, and St. Louis instead, and we used vacation time to visit Roger’s parents who pastored churches in other towns. 

One day in 1999, Roger said let’s plan some real vacations.  Eric was graduating from high school, and like lots of moms, I wanted to have one last vacation before Eric left for college.  We decided a trip to Orlando for our kids to visit Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World would be perfect for that purpose. 

When we married in 1979, we’d planned to take a cruise for our honeymoon, but we spent so much money on our wedding, we ended up taking a short honeymoon road trip to Branson and Eureka Springs.  So, on that day in 1999, Roger decided it was also time to book that cruise for the two of us.  We called several travel agents listed in the Yellow Pages, but only one returned our call, so we booked both trips with her, a trip to Orlando for the family, and a Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Sensation for the two of us.  And, that’s how our travel addiction began.  I’d love to hear your story.

Category: Cruise
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