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What was your favorite American travel moment of the year?

What was your favorite American travel moment of the year?

Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 11:34 AM
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Our first road trip together - our schedules are terribly off kilter, so it was tough - over Labor Day weekend. The goal was Monument Valley in southern Utah, which I've been dying to see since my days of Roadrunner cartoons.

I was a little disappointed when I saw the first few mesas - I thought - "is this it?" Turns out we were still about 10 miles away from the actual valley. We drove up the road and parked near the visitor center and there it was... Monument Valley in all its glory, stretched out before us like a Henry Ford western.

That was a great trip. This just reminded me to make sure we do another one in 2008.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 02:07 PM
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Kay2, thank you so much for starting this thread, because I have some favorite US travel moments, too! It's a tie:

Although I have seen so many plays and musicals and have been in a few, I had never actually seen a show on Broadway. Our first this summer was Legally Blonde....it was so fun to sit in the theatre during that first song, knowing I was seeing a Broadway show-on Broadway-at last.

Other fantastic moment: I've always been a huge John and Abigail Adams fan. We toured the Adams properties in Quincy...it was so special for me to see the room and the desk where Abigail corresponded with John.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 05:22 PM
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Mine would have to be riding mules down to Kalaupapa with my husband, my daughter and our son-in-law. They are moving to the east coast in a few weeks and this was the first, and likely only time for many years, that they were able to visit us in Hawai'i. We took the ferry over and, being early March there were whales everywhere.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 05:41 PM
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Walking out the beach path through the sand dunes to see that first full panorama of the ocean stretch out before me. It was a November day in Avalon, NJ. I've done it many times before but it is still special for me.

Happy Holidays to All.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 06:28 PM
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Watching my 5-yr old see NYC for the first time and especially her seeing the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. I will never forget it!
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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Reaching the top of the last hill on the rim road around Crater Lake in Cycle Oregon, or, stargazing from the deck of a friend's cabin on San Juan Island. http://www.pbase.com/smg9774/image/83520249
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 09:31 AM
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I can't think of one particular moment. But we had a great trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior (Minnesota) in July. And a very pretty drive down the Mississippi on our way home.
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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Two moments come to mind quickly:

1)Attending Wicked with my daughter this summer and seeing her reactions to the musical itself and to the beautiful theater in Chicago.

2)Walking around the memorials in Washington DC on Memorial Day weekend and feeling overwhelmed with emotion seeing WWII vets at the WWII memorial.

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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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Driving over the Million Dollar Highway from Durango to Crested Butte, CO, the day after a wet snowfall early last May. Only the roadway was clear; the evergreens were all loaded with heavy snow. It was even better for me since I was a passenger and my husband was doing the driving.

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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park. Exhilerating!

Watching the sunrise over Glen Canyon from our Lake Powell houseboat was a close 2nd.
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Watching my grandson (3 yrs) on a surfboard with a little help from his dad--3rd generation to hang ten!
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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Driving the Going-to-the-Sun Rd through Glacier National Park.
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 11:29 PM
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Driving across the border from Canada to Oroville, Washington to buy Christmas turkey and a tank of diesel!
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Old Dec 25th, 2007, 09:39 AM
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Cahokia Mounds - the contrast between the peacefulness of the park now and the gruesome events of the past.

Also, tried to take a cruise, and didn't get seasick. Hooraaaayyyyy
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Old Dec 25th, 2007, 10:50 AM
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Driving up the CA coast from Bodega Bay past Mendocino.
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Old Dec 25th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Watching my daughter get "up" on a surfboard during her first lesson, and her "audience" on the beach applauding!
Old Dec 26th, 2007, 06:22 AM
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Seeing a grizzly in Yellowstone Park in September. He walked down a grassy hillside, swam across a river and wandered around for all of us watching him. Besides actually seeing the bear, the best part was that the people who stopped to see him were so quiet and nice to each other. Saw several people share binoculars with those who had none. I was so involved in the moment, I forgot to take a picture. That's okay, it's etched in my mind.
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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Seeing Lake Tahoe for the first time a few weeks ago. Snow on the ground, gorgeous blue skies; it was breath taking

Being with all of my family at my Mom and Dad's farm about 20 miles out of Tampa and welcoming the newest member of the clan...Flash a 7 month old Arabian stud that my 76 yr old father purchased for the grandchildren. He has already spoiled him rotten!
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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This is a repeat - but watching the glaciers calve in Glacier Bay.... As part of that same trip, watching a moose and her baby run in front of us (after being all over Alaska, we finally see Moose running across the highway in North Pole, Alaska....)
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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Spending the day at Huntington Beach State Park, SC in early November - it was sunny, warm, almost deserted - we found lots of "sea treasures", spent the day with family members and ended with a delicious meal at Bovine's in Murrells Inlet as the setting sun cast a warmth over the marsh.

Also - on a much different note - feeling the power as top-fuel rails, funny cars, motorcyles shook the stands at Brainard, MN for the Lucas Oil Nationals. Smelling the fuel, hearing the "broommm" as they took off, watching John Force & Kenny Bernstein tear down the track - a good way to spend a summer day in the Midwest!
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