Monday, May 31, 2010

Getting to Know You: Vacation!

Hey, everyone, with it being Memorial Weekend and the start of summer tourist season in much of North America, let's talk about vacations!












What is your fondest vacation memory? Where would you go if time and money were no object? Do you prefer road trips, cruises, or to just hop on a plane and go?

Tell us all about how you like to get away from it all!

24 comments:

Laura Martone said...

I definitely prefer road trips. Guess that's no surprise considering my mom took me on plenty of them when I was a kid. One of my fondest memories was a three-week East Coast trip that we took when I was about 11. From New Orleans, we traveled to places like Williamsburg, Washington D.C., New York, Montreal, Niagara Falls, even Nashville. It was awesome!

And it's because of Mom that I'm a travel writer today - in fact, road trips are often the focus of my American Nomad blog.

So, great question, Ann! You hit on one of my favorite subjects.

Thassodar Jax said...

Wow, interesting question. If time and money were no object? Well, if I had someone to cover my Ranger duties here on Earth, I could go...

Oh. Oh, I hadn't thought of her in years. It would take half an Earth-orbit to get there from this solar system. We're a little out of the way, here.

Deep in the heart of an irregular galaxy, there is a planet called Kyrontak. It's a beautiful place. Last time I was there, food still grew free and abundant on the plants that seeded themselves in low-flying clouds of nutrient-rich vapor. The breathable atmosphere did not reach very high above the ground, as those plants collected much of the atmosphere for their own use. Because of this, while there was plenty of breathable atmosphere on the surface, not far above that, the air thinned to almost nothing, except where the plants floated in their cloud-pots. This results in an amazingly clear view of the stars day or night. And where the light filtered through the plant-clouds, it was a myriad of color, refracted into the air around them.

Yet even more beautiful than the sky of Kyrontak, was Kaylie. Deep red skin tone, rainbow-brilliant eyes, a voice as soft as Luatha silk. If only her race could handle the heavier atmostpheres of other planets, but it would kill her to come here. The very weight of the air, thousands of feet of it pressing down on her frail body, would splinter her bones.

I haven't thought of her in years....

Devi Marconi said...

Oh, she sounds lovely, Thassodar! I hope you'll encounter her again someday. After all, there's nothing like true love to motivate long-distance travel. Why else did I travel so far to dwell beneath the earth for so long?

Thassodar Jax said...

Beneath the Earth? Is there an area I'm not properly monitoring? Maybe I should check into that.

Would you mind filling me in on what's going on down there? And where are from? Did you register when you arrived?

Devi Marconi said...

I'm tickled by your curiosity, Thassodar, but frankly, your questions mystify me. I live in a secret community known as Ruby Hollow. It lies within Kentucky's Mammoth Cave system, but I'm not at liberty to tell you where that is exactly.

And I'm not sure what you mean by "registering" - although every inhabitant who isn't native-born must be approved prior to arrival.

Thassodar Jax said...

Well, it kind of depends on where you came from in the first place. If you came from off-planet, after the planet was designated as a Sub-space Species Preserve, you need to have registered through the current Terra Ranger of the time. If, however, you are an on-planet species, then that doesn't matter. Sounds like a place I'd like to visit.

Is there a Visitor Pass available?

Devi Marconi said...

Definitely an on-planet species. Since the 1930s, in fact.

Oh, and I'm afraid that, since we're a secret community, visitors aren't really allowed. But thanks for your interest!

Candy said...

Mr Jax, Kyrontak sounds to be a very beautiful place but do only short beings live there as breathable air is so low? What kind of food do they grow and is it good?

I've never had a real vacation. Mum was going to take me to Paris for my twenty first birthday but I guess I ran off to London with Brian about then. That seemed more exciting than trouping around a bunch of museums.
If Summer hols. count, well, I loved visiting my grandparents in Elmley Castle when I was a kid.I was allowed to ride Colonel Harrison's old hunter, Caprice,and the two of us would meander all over Breden Hill - I remember masses of bluebells and lambs- and looking down on a Gypsy encampment. Those were wonderful times!

Candy said...

Mr Jax, Kyrontak sounds to be a very beautiful place but do only short beings live there as breathable air is so low? What kind of food do they grow and is it good?

I've never had a real vacation. Mum was going to take me to Paris for my twenty first birthday but I guess I ran off to London with Brian about then. That seemed more exciting than trouping around a bunch of museums.
If Summer hols. count, well, I loved visiting my grandparents in Elmley Castle when I was a kid.I was allowed to ride Colonel Harrison's old hunter, Caprice,and the two of us would meander all over Breden Hill - I remember masses of bluebells and lambs- and looking down on a Gypsy encampment. Those were wonderful times!

Donna Hole said...

Really Laura: road trips? Who would have EVER guessed. :)

So far my favorite vacation spot is home - but that's only because I rarely get to be there besides eating, sleeping and the dreaded cleaning up after everyone else. My day job keeps me very busy.

But, when I leave I love both the forests and the ocean. As long as there is a flushing toilet.

Thassodar: I tried to read your Terra Ranger excerpt but it stretches so far across the page it's hard to follow the paragraph. Is there somewhere else to read the same excerpt?

........dhole

......dhole

Robert Crane said...

The ocean, the ocean! Remember Amy, our trip to Fort Bragg, and the night on the beach.

And the day in the motel room. With the book. And the wine.

Amy Thompson said...

shhh, Robert. That's private. But as I recall, there wasn't much wine drinking going on after the second or third page.

I understand about the lure of road trips Laura. Robert may be partial to the coast, but nothing soothes him more than a long drive for the sake of movement. And I must confess, I do enjoy the trips.

And the long periods of calm upon our return.

Candy, your childhood vacations sound lovely. I never knew any extended family, and never went anywhere besides . .

Well, that's not important. Being with family for holidays, that's precious.

Marenya said...

I have never seen the sea. I hear it is as vast and blue as the sky.

I would like to go to the sea.

Faldur said...

I would go home.

I haven't been home in a long while.

Olivia Harper said...

Yes, Marenya, the sea IS lovely. That's why Michael and I settled in a home on the beach of South Padre Island so many years ago. Of course, the current gulf oil spill is making it less than desirable to live beside the sea, but I hope things will be better in the future.

Laura Martone said...

Candy, do take a vacation soon! Everyone needs a time to recharge.

And, yes, Donna, it's a REAL shocker that a travel writer would be familiar with road trips. Hehe. BTW, I understand how home can be a vacation at times... if only I'd learn to shut down the laptop for a while. :-(

Amy, I find road trips soothing, too. Something about the endless road...

Aidan said...

I like to go back country snowboarding. No voices. No demons. No war.Just me, the snow, and my board.

Of course, I never get to go anywhere now.

Jason said...

Might I remind you, Lord Seer, that you live on the BEACH?

Kaelin said...

Yeah. Marc takes His Highness out on the boat every day, while the rest of us rangers are slogging around on crap missions.

Aidan said...

Marenya, I could show you the sea. If I can't bring you here, I could use my ken to show you.

And I don't have to touch her, Faldur. Don't worry.

Marc said...

Nine Bloody Levels of Hell, here we go again. I turn my back and he's flirting with Marenya.

Aidan, can you leave the poor girl alone for a bloody minute?

Sorry, Faldur. I'll try to keep a leash on him this time.

Aidan said...

Maybe it would be more of a vacation without Faldur and Marc around, huh, Marenya--

Kidding! I'm kidding! OUCH!

Thassodar Jax said...

*laugh* They aren't short, Candy. Though short is a relative term. The breathable air there is close to the ground, but only in terms of average planets. You don't start losing atmosphere until about 50-100 feet above the ground, depending on where you are.

The fruit that grows on those nutrient-rich cloud clusters are so succulent. They are light and sweet, most of them. Absolutely delicious. I shall have to look up some of the names to give you a full list and compendium, but it's good eating, I assure you.

Sky said...

If I could go on vacation I would go striaght to a private tropical island and run around all day, smelling the air full of the freshness of seaweed, and playing all day in the water. My father and I once took a vacation to the woods near the field I live in and it was a disaster. I hope I get to go to my dream vacation soon.

~Marilyn M. (R1)