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Vacationing Vicariously

Last year I went on an amazing and wonderful trip to the UK. This year I needed a new oven and the dishwasher needed repair and on and on…

So I am living vicariously through my children who are off on some grand adventures this annum.

My eldest just returned from a cruise of the Caribbean. The journey to and from was less than great considering she got stuck, both directions, at the Dallas airport.

Stuck Overnight in Dallas Airport

Stuck Overnight in Dallas Airport

The first stop, Roatan Honduras, made up for it though. As one of the few folks who got off the boat and went on a ‘non tourist’ hike with a local guide she was amazed and humbled by the locals and their way of life. The high school student who helped her tromp through the rainforest was inspirational – working 2 jobs, earning perfect grades and playing soccer in hopes of a scholarship that would allow him to go to college.

Tour Guide Bruce

Tour Guide Bruce

Jungle

The Edge of the Jungle

Local Flower

Local Flower

The story of Belize and its poverty was also remarkable. But also inspirational when you realize that this nation has a fully working healthcare system and a guarantee for every citizen that they will be able to own a home if they so choose.

Fresh Fish By Bike

Fresh Fish By Bike

Local Plant

Local Plant

The guide at Chacchoben during her stay in Mexico was a treasure trove of information. Did you know that the Mayans invented chewing gum?

Chewing Gum Tree

Chewing Gum Tree

Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins

The last stop was at Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas. Way too many people – but she said it was great for getting done all the homework she had neglected!

All the People

All the People

She says she will definitely go back… but without all the tourists next time.

If you would like to see (a lot) more pictures from this trip, you too can vacation vicariously at www.mceown.net.

More to come later this year as my middle child heads to Alaska…

19 Responses to “Vacationing Vicariously”

  1. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Wow. It looks like she had a terrific time. I’ve never visited any of the places you showcased, so for me too, it’s like I’m vacationing vicariously. With all of the tropical looking photos, I feel like I should be sipping a pina colada.

    I’m waiting to see what your other daughter shares from her trip to Alaska, Although I lived there for many years, I didn’t get to see it all.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Can Perceived Blogging Success Be A Turn Off? =-.

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. what an amazing trip your eldest had .. and obviously has your adventurous spirit too .. the tour sounds lovely – except the island at the end .. I’m not too keen on hordes of people.

    Loved the pictures – the places the guide Bruce .. what a lovely looking chap & he’s doing his absolute best from the absolute starting point .. I wish him well and am sure he’ll succeed.

    No – I didn’t know about the chewing gum tree – well well well!! A snippet of knowledge hiding in Mexico ..

    Lovely post – makes me want to go on holiday .. thanks – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Fancy a Cornish Cream Tea? In Cornwall, in Tokyo or at home? =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a year since your trip to the UK!

    Thank you, Patricia, and your daughter, for sharing what was obviously a beautiful and interesting trip (aside from the Dallas airport part – lol). A perfect photo essay for a chilly Monday morning!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The Ghost in My House… =-.

  4. Dot Says:

    Fascinating photos — places I’ve never been either.

  5. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Alaska is definitely on our list of places to visit soon – probably next summer.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..For Miep, Every Day Is Holocaust Remembrance Day =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    I love to share the trips and pictures with my kids – I think because I did not go many places until college I planted quite a travel bug in a couple of them. I went through a nice cold lemonade while looking at the pictures this time!
    Librarian Girl got a job being a bookstore on the Alaska Ferries for the summer out of Gustavus….I think this is her 5th summer in Alaska …she and boyfriend always bring back amazing pictures. Still hoping Oregon has a school job for her in the fall…

    Hilary,
    I think it was quite a trip and she is such a good photographer. The hard part for her was staying out of the sun – I passed on a wee problem to her …. she was amazed at all the folks who did not get off the ship and missed all the amazing things she explored, but then she was not with the crowds.

    Talon,
    I insisted she do this post! because I wanted just that feeling on Monday morning! and I was assisting the youngest in moving…not much of a vacation here!

    Dot,
    It is fun to explore even vicariously…

    Vered,
    Alaska is worth the visit, but try not to go on the big cruise ships, the little ones with hikes and up close looks and studies are much better….And last year, Alaska was an amazing deal because the weather was so grey…and folks were being so careful…very worthwhile trip
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Vacationing Vicariously =-.

  7. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Oh trips like that are so life enriching! We just got back from Turks & Caicos – it was our first real trip in the past 6 years so it was very special. Haven’t been to Alaska yet so I can’t wait to read about it and see the pics!
    hugs
    SuZen

  8. Patricia Says:

    Suzen,
    Wow are you going to post about your trip? That sounds amazing. I did go across the State this weekend to help a child move, but it took me 60 years to save up to do the trip to UK last August…I have been on a Cruise in Alaska – it was lovely and a small cruise ship so lots of stops and hiking and hands on experience…Whales bubble feeding right outside the dining room window one night..very close. I really encourage my kiddos to travel, this one went to Denmark for a year of High School and will be going back for a visit this June!

  9. Tony Single Says:

    Oh, wow! Me want to go! Can I go? Can I, huh? :)

    Seriously though, I’d love to have the money to go places like that… especially the Mayan ruins. I would love to just stand there looking up at those pyramids while I chew gum.

    That’d be timeless poetry.
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..Alive in Hatey =-.

  10. Mark Says:

    Thank-you for sharing this arm chair vacation. Beautiful pictures.

  11. J.D. Meier Says:

    I would love to see the Mayan ruins.

    That one picture emodies so much ancient wisdom.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Don’t Regret the Path Not Taken =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    I would love to see Mayan ruins too, chew gum and write poetry. Maybe we will go together in the future?

    Mark,
    I love it arm chair vacation…my usual travel arrangements!

    JD
    Yep a trip like that would be great fun. My IT girl was hoping to find someone to travel with too….well maybe next trip….she is going to Denmark in June to see her good friends and review the countryside.

  13. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I’ve always loved the colour of the ocean in the tropics. No, I didn’t know the Mayans invented chewing gum; I learned something new today. Cannot wait to see the pictures of Alaska… that’s one place I’ve always wanted to visit.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Diapers or Dog Food? =-.

  14. suzen Says:

    Dear Patricia – Read your post on Evolving Beings to Simon – please send me an email and let me know if there is ANYthing I can help you with health/foodwise as I’m in school for just that right now to get certified as a health and wellness coach. I’ve spent 30 yrs in the nutrition field – what I’m learning now is the frosting on the cake, so to speak!
    Hugs
    suZen
    joyisours@sbcglobal.net

  15. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I am sure I will get pictures from Alaska as they are quite the photographers but I just never know when! It is good to learn something new.

    Suzen,
    I saw your nutrition information on your blog and I will write to you as I am very interesting in this information. Thank you.

  16. jannie Funster Says:

    Oh, what wonderful, wonderful photos!! Such an eye she has.

    I am more of a cooler climate gal, myself, so most likely will not vacation on Southern Isles again, but I loved seeing her adventures in their vivid array.

    And those flowers!!!

    Beautiful post.

    Alaska next? :)

    xoxo

  17. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Alaska kiddo here this weekend – starts work next Monday-week. I have quite a few beautiful Alaska pictures from the cruise she gave her Father and me several years ago now….I should do a post of those. They are going to photograph some glacier orchids for me.
    One National Park Ranger ( photographer/educator ) and one going to sell books on the cruise ships for Alaska Geographic society.
    Cooler – you would love Alaska..!

  18. Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord Says:

    I love when people I know travel to exotic places, and I can either “tune into them” while they’re gone (feels like going on an energetic vacation!), or see their pictures when they get back and re-live the memories with them.

    My dream for this year is to travel to Ireland and/or Sedona, Arizona. I think both places would be really fascinating… for different reasons. Sedona for its vibration, and Ireland for some past life stuff I want to investigate.

    Beautiful pictures – thanks for posting them!

  19. Patricia Says:

    Megan,
    Thank you for stopping on by and sharing your thoughts. I love to look at folks pictures and listen to their stories because we all view things with new eyes and ears. I wish you a trip to Arizona and to Ireland – sooner rather than later.