$250 Modern Bird Studios Giveaway!

Contest is now over. Congrats to entry #342 Heather. I’ve sent you an email!

Yippee, it’s Friday! Since I love Fridays so much I thought it would be fun to share with you this fabulous giveaway that Modern Bird Studios is offering one Picky Palate Reader.

One reader will win $250 to go shopping at the Modern Bird Studios Website. You have got to check out the beautiful work they do with your photographs! Talk about an awesome Christmas gift πŸ™‚

Modern Bird Studios creates personalized, modern art from your photographs. Each work is a one-of-a-kind, original studio piece created with a combination of digital, hand, and painting processes on an Oak composite, or, for the extreme modern enthusiasts, on acrylic mounted to Oak. They capture that moment from your life—a wedding portrait, a baby picture, a travel photo, a pet snapshot or whatever the event—and transform it into a totally hip urban-style art piece that enriches your home.

my painting of the boys, “a day at the beach” how cute!

You have got to see how cool these paintings are that they create out of an image you send them! It makes the most beautiful picture on your wall. I just received the painting of my boys that I picked out (pictured above) and I LOVE it! If you place an order between now and a week after the giveaway ends, you get 15% off by typing PICKYPALATE in the discount code box.

Here’s How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment here telling us…since I always take a ton of pictures on family vacations…”What’s been your favorite family vacation, either with your own family or from when you were a kid?”

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4. Contest ends Wednesday November 10th 8pm PST. Winner will be selected by random.org and will be notified by email. My painting and giveaway is provided by Modern Bird Studios.

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  1. mandi o'neill

    my favorite vacations are the yearly trips my husband and i (and now my son!) take to oklahoma to visit my family. it’s never extravagant but the closeness of family makes it bliss!

  2. My fave family vacation is when we used to rent a cabin in Lake Tahoe. We would caravan there right after Christmas, and there would be so much snow. I still remember spending the days skiing, and coming home to cabin and enjoying a nice cup of hot chocolate by the fire. I really miss those days.

  3. Jessica

    How cool!!

    We took a family trip this summer that was so much fun. It was nothing major but some fun family time not too far from home. We went to the North Shore here in MN with no real plans and just did what looked fun.

  4. Jordan Morrison

    My favorite family vacation was my honeymoon in Mexico. It was the first time that I was actually able to relax on a vacation!

  5. tara

    My favorite vacations have always been Disneyland. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but I love seeing the wonder and awe in my children’s eyes when we are there.

  6. Jenni Pilcher

    Favorite family vacation…5 years ago to orlando Florida! We went for two reasons..vacation and sons soccer team played at the World 3v3 soccer tournament and they took FIRST place! Very special and fun time!

  7. Judy

    My MOST favorite vacation was spending 3 weeks in and all over Italy with my youngest and her then boyfriend, now husband. I would love to go back.

  8. My favorite family vacay was when I was a little girl and my mom, step dad and I spent a week on the beach with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. I remember having so much fun with the family, and since I was a kid, I didn’t have a care in the world. I miss those days…

  9. Ron

    Spent some time on a small island off the coast of Seattle. Had a great time sitting on the shore by a lighthouse watching the whales go by each afternoon.

  10. Guenevera

    My favorite vacation was just this summer, when my husband and I went to Walt Disney World. It was our first REAL vacation together, and it was amazing. =)

  11. courtney

    My husband and i went to hawaii for our honeymoon last october. We rented a small house and a car and had a wonderful time exploring the island we were on!

  12. J Brown

    I love vacations, especially ones with family. One fav is a trip to Martha’s vineyard – a great and relaxing time.

  13. My favorite family vacations have been our trips to visit family in Bermuda every year. When I was little, I rarely ever appreciated where my family lived, but once I began working full-time, I couldn’t get enough! Family, beach, sun – what’s not to love?!

  14. Sarah

    Traveling to visit my mom’s side of the family in Colchester, illinois, population approx. 1000. The entire family (other than me and my mom) lives there so it was always great to see and be a part of a tight group of loved ones. I miss it!

  15. Jen

    My favorite family vacation was one year when I was younger and my family went to Florida for Easter. My brother, cousin and I really wanted to go to Disney World so we kept telling the adults we were going on a certain day, like it had already been decided. They Did end up taking us and it was funny when they came to the conclusion that no adult wanted to be there that day.

  16. My husband and I love going to St. Augustine, FL for vacation. It is such a peaceful place where we can relax and listen to the ocean!

  17. Suzanne

    We recently took a trip to the beach. I think it was, overall, the best and happiest trip for all of us. The kids were so cheerful almost the whole time, even in the car. It was lovely!

  18. I follow PP – favorite vacation was to Memphis. We usually vacation with friends or family and this was a vacation with just the 4 of us – a lot of fun!

  19. I’ve only ever been on one vacation, and that was to disney world. it was a bit overrated as we went during the touristy summer days and lines were huge. i did get to meet ariel tho, my favorite disney princess πŸ™‚

  20. Jess

    When I was little, my parents took us camping at Copper Harbor, Michigan. Now I am a mom of four, we started out tradion camping at Copper Harbor. Best memories and to see my kids loving the place. I also like your facebook.

  21. my favorite vacation was last year when my WHOLE family went back to our home State…we were able to stop at a few fun places on the way back too!!!(we live in Wa. our home state is S.D.) =D

  22. Steph

    Going to California with my husband, his parents and his aunt and uncle. This was well before we got engaged so it was a great opportunity to get to know my future family a lot better!

  23. kelly

    my favorite family vacation is a tied between two..disney and niagra falls. our youngest son was just so cute during those vacations..he was 2 1/2 and 3 and said some cute things that we still today day quote. he is 8 now…and still as cute!

  24. chatelaine b

    my favorite vacation was earlier this year. my husband and i did an african safari. waking up in a tent with zebras glowing 20 feet in front of you by moonlight…….. best ever!

  25. Love the giveaway. Count me in. My favorite vacation has been the many trips to Monterey, CA I have taken. I love the ocean and Monterey by far is one of my fav’s.

  26. Katie

    My favorite family vacation is the one that I just got back on with my new husband, Jon! Our new little family went to the Riviera Cancun in Mexico on a fabulous honeymoon! So amazing! πŸ™‚

  27. Cyndi A

    Favorite vacation … with expecting twins, we will have many exciting ones in our future, but for now, my honeymoon — hiking Machu Picchu

  28. My favorite family vacation happened when I was 14 – my parents secretly packed up all of our things and spirited us away to Disneyland at Christmastime! We took a road trip down the Washington/Oregon/California coast and it was SO much fun to be at Disneyland at Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Kim B.

    My very fav vacation would have to be when my daughter and I went out to California. It was for her senior trip and it was a wonderful time. We made some very wonderful memories. We met a few celebs and lived the high life for a week! Can’t wait to do Vegas with her in a couple of months.

  30. My favorite family vacation was when I traveled around Europe for 3 weeks when I was 10. It was a huge adventure for my family of 7, and we truly bonded during that time. It’s one thing I’ll never forget πŸ™‚

  31. my favorite vacation was in Kauai with family for a wedding. It was 10 glorious days of relaxation and adventure, coupled with spending time with family that we had never vacationed with before – I’ll never forget it.

  32. Marie

    My favorite vacation so far has been the one we took this summer to Branson, Missouri. It’s not the most glamorous vacation spot in the world – but my 3 young children had so much fun and everything went so smoothly – we made many wonderful memories!

  33. My favorite family vacays are when we go to Michigan to visit my husband’s family! He is one of 9, so it is always a GREAT and busy time! We love family!!!

  34. By far the best family vacation has been taking my kids to Disney World! They loved it there! So many fun memories were made, and I can’t wait to take them back again.
    I subscribe to your blog and also follow you on twitter. Love your blog and all your fabulous recipes!

  35. Lisa M

    Bass Lake, California over the 4th of July. It’s my husbands family tradidtion and our kids and ourselves look forward to the next year the DAY we leave. One week is never enough of this beautiful lake!

  36. Kristen W

    My last favorite family vacation was a couple summers ago. My entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins) went to Gulf Shores and rented a house on the beach. It was amazing! Thousands of pictures were taken! πŸ™‚ But we are currently planning a trip to Mexico for this summer and I could not be more excited!

  37. Janell

    I really have had some fantastic vacations that I don’t know if I really have a favorite! But a super fun one that we reminisce about was a cruise my hubby and I went on with my fam about a year or two after we were married–good times for sure!

  38. Hayley

    I have always loved family vacations in Florida in the winter…it is so nice to get away from the harsh weather and spend time with people I love!

  39. MY FAVORITE FAMILY VACATION WAS TAKING MY FAMILY TO VISIT OUR GREAT AUNT THAT LIVED IN THE ARKANSAS MOUNTAINS SHE WAS STILL COOKING ON A WOOD STOVE CARRIED HER OWN WATER IN MY CHILDREN WERE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE TRUE COUNTRY LIVING WE ALSO VISITED THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL THAT MY GRANDMOTHER WAS RAISED UP IN AND ALL THE COUNTRY RELATIVES OLD FAMILY HOME WERE THE WILDERNESS HAS GROWN UP WITHIN THE WALLS AND CHERISHED PHOTOS I HAVE…

  40. Lauren

    Right now, I’d say that any kind of vacation is my favorite. However, I really enjoy the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

  41. JANET SHIH

    The best vacation I had was with my immediate and extended family to Maui as a child. It was the first time we went anywhere as a family, and I will never forget snorkeling and time spent on the pineapple plantation!

  42. Robin

    My favorite vacation would have to be the first trip my now-husband and I took together. We just toured around New England for 2 weeks, but it was so much fun. Didn’t hurt that he proposed to me on that trip either!

  43. There are so many favorite vacations to choose from. My top two are probably Disneyland/San Diego when I was a teenager with my family and the other Yellowstone this past summer with my boyfriend!

  44. I love going to Island Park, Idaho every summer with my husband’s parents and siblings. We camp, swim, fish, catch frogs and crayfish, roast marshmallows, and admire a sky full of stars πŸ™‚

  45. Brenda

    My favorite vacation was when I was a kid and my sister and I stayed at my grandparents in FL while my parents went on to some island for a week! We got to break all the rules with mom and dad gone!

  46. Lindsay

    My favorite family vacation was the Disney cruise my family went on a couple years ago. Disney always does it up right! We had such a great time. I hope to do it again soon!

  47. Meghan

    My favorite vacations growing up were to Edisto Island, SC, Charleston and Savannah, GA. We went every spring break. My favorite vacation with my husband was our honeymoon.

  48. Favorite vacation was to cancun! πŸ™‚ My whole family went and since my brothers are older than me, it was so nice to have the whole family together!

  49. My favorite family vacation was our January ’09 trip to Disneyland. It was the first time any of us had been, and it’s true- the place is magical!

  50. Susannah

    My favorite family vacations were always our yearly trips to the beach in North Carolina when I was kid. So much fun and so beautiful!

  51. Linsey Brockman

    My favorite family vacation I’d have to say was a roadtrip from Iowa (where I live) down to Galveston, TX with all of my girl cousins. So many hysterical happenings the entire way down. I don’t necessarily remember much from Galveston itself, but the breakdown of the van, the old red junker car rental, the jail-cell motel in podunk Kansas, the getting lost in the ghetto.. such great memories!

  52. April in CT

    My favorite vacation was a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. It’s so beautiful and I can’t wait to go back!!

  53. Christy

    My favorite vacation was with my husband to Great Britain! We went on a Contiki bus trip and met a bunch of people our age from all over the world that were travelling too. Such a good time!

  54. My favorite family vacation was to Playa del Carmen about 5 years ago. Everyone was so relaxed, no kids bickering – just an awesome time enjoyed by all!

  55. Nicole-Lynn

    My favorite holiday vacations as a kid and even now as an adult is when my family and I go to our beach house here in Florida! It’s about an hour away from where we live, but it’s on the beach and we go every year! I love it and can’t wait to bring my kids to it someday!

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  56. cathy bartley

    MY FAVORITE VACATION WAS WHEN ME AND MY DAUGHTER WENT TO NIAGRA FALLS A FEW YEARS AGO TOGETHER IT WAS SUCH A GOOD TIME.AND WE GOT TO SPEND SOME MUCH NEEDED TOGETHER TIME.

  57. Abby

    My favorite family vacation is our yearly family reunion. Even though we have a big family, we always try to go someplace different every time and we always have a great time.

  58. My favorite place to vacation was going to my grandparents cottage. It was right between a little lake and Lake Michigan. We had the best of both worlds, skiing and boating on the little lake and jumping the waves in the big lake! My aunts final resting place is there now too so it has even more special memories for our family.

  59. Janie La Pierre

    Vacations where I get away with hubby are the best. Last year we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a trip to Italy: I had been wanting to go to Italy since I was 19, so it was a very big thing for me.

  60. Jess

    My favorite vacation was going to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island when I was 15. It is a beautiful place to visit!

  61. Karen

    This summer to Galveston. Not because of the location, but because my children are still young enough to enjoy simple trips and spending time with their parents…I’m told that this wears off eventually!

  62. Jess :)

    The summer before 3rd grade my Mom, Dad, and sister drove up to Niagara Falls, headed up to Montreal, and finally ended in Lake Placid. Every memory I have of that trip is a good one. It was such an awesome time

  63. Gina

    My fave vacation so far was when I was pg with my son. We had just found out we were pg and were so thrilled, so that vacation was super special and so memorable!

  64. Andrea

    My favorite vacation has to be the road trips to Cali! Nothing is better than a big ol’ family vacation to Disneyland.

  65. Tracy

    Favorite vacation would have to be Disneyland last year with my husband, brother-in-law and mother-in-law for our 5 year anniversary. Had a blast!

  66. Well how can Disneyland not be the best vacation ever? We have gone every year for the last three years (although I had never been before that – at age 23! So deprived…). Anyway – this last time was amazing. We had 5 days in the park with our 3 year old and 5 month old. Maybe the baby was a little young, but it was great just having all that time to explore. Plus our family is complete so it was nice knowing that was the first time our WHOLE family was there together πŸ™‚

    /novel.

  67. Jennifer V

    Last year, we took our then-3 year old to Williamsburg, Va. We spent a lot of time at Busch Gardens and spents one day at Virgina Beach. We had a wonderful week. That was my favorite family vacation.

  68. Becca

    My favorite family vacation (and one that resulted in some great photos) was a family reunion and 80th birthday party for my Granddad in Jacksonville the summer before last.

  69. Taylorbunch

    My favorite family vacation was to the Smoky Mountains. I enjoyed it so much because we went with 3 generations.

  70. Sarah P.

    My favorite vacation was a few years ago when we went to Chicago. We went for the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum which was one of the coolest things I’ve been to.

  71. Courtenay

    My favorite vacation(s) is the one we take every year as a big-old family to the OBX. We’ve done it since the year I was born and that week is the highlight of my year!

  72. Kari H.

    My favorite family vacation was back in July when we went to Maui Hawaii to see my brother that I haven’t seen in 10 years!

  73. My favorite vacation was when my fiance and I travelled to London, Paris, and Nice over 2 weeks. We finished the vacation with a bike ride up the Col de la Madone in Southern France which goes from the Cote Azur to 3500 ft in 9 miles!

  74. Shelly Merrill

    My favorite vacation has been a roadtrip I took with my hubby last year when I was pregnant. It was our last trip together as just us and we had such a blast driving through California and Oregon. Wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  75. Maneesha

    We travel a lot all over the world but I think my favorite is when we do mother-daughters trips to Disneyland. It’s we all get to to be little girls again & spend time remembering previous trips we had their.

  76. My favorite family vacation was a trip to San Antonio a few years ago over Thanksgiving. My entire family, parents, grandparents, cousins, Aunt & Uncle met there to celebrate with my cousins in the Air Force who were stationed there. We had a blast the entire week and spent Thanksgiving day at a very uncrowded Sea World. The only downside… it was before my 2 kids were born.

    Here’s to more family vacation memories!!

  77. My favorite family vacations were our annual week at the lake during the summer! It was always a blast hanging out, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, laying out, eating, playing board games, napping, and just doing whatever we wanted to do!

  78. Ginger

    I love Modern Bird’s artwork!
    Our favorite vacation has been going to Hawaii with my husband’s side of the family. Lots of cousins to play with, and lots of great grown up time too!

  79. My favorite family vacation of late is taking our 9 y/o grandson to a Colorado dude ranch for a week. WE all just loved it. Would do it again in a heart beat. ~Andy

  80. Ronna

    We have our small summer home on Chincotegue Island, Viginia and we’ve taken many special vacations there. If I won this giveaway, I would definitely make a portrait of our grand daughter, Lila. Her smile brightens the world!

  81. Vanessa

    My favorite vacation was 4yrs. ago. My whole family went to the beach. It was becasue my older brother was getting married there. It was just soooo much fun. My fav. memory (besides the wedding) was running with my Dad. I never knew it would be the last time we ran together (hip replacement). This summer we are going back because they now have a 2yr. old girl and it will be her first beach trip! This is such a great giveaway!!

  82. Tricia C.

    Our favorite family vacation was to Custer, South Dakota. The extended family went, from IL and KY. We visited my aunt and uncle, set up camp in a rainstorm, had a deer jump over our van on the highway, and overall had a great time. Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. My fave family vacation(s) are just the regular ones where we go to the beach and do nothing special together. But it always seems like those are the ones where inside jokes are formed and memories are created.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. I don’t know that I can ever have a “favorite” vacation with my family since they’ve all always been so wonderful but the one that comes to mind right now is a cruise we took with several other families I’ve grown up with. It was so much fun to be with everyone on a huge boat in the Caribbean!

  85. Rachel

    Two summers ago I drove my four boys (3 days in the car) out to Oregon to camp on the coast with my family and then hubby flew in for a few days and drove us home. Favorite family vacation ever.

  86. Brooke

    We had a FANTASTIC trip to Disneyland just a couple of weeks ago! My kids are still talking about it…. πŸ˜‰ It was their first trip and we have studied every map since then as well as watched the trip planning DVD several times! It’s quite precious.

  87. Carla

    Once my husband was sent to live in Quebec for 2.5 months when my kids when 5 and 7 years old for the summer. It was a true learning experience. Carla

  88. Jennifer Ciniello

    My favorite vacation with my family was this year when we all went on a caribbean cruise. It was fabulous, the kids loved it and we had some extended family with us which made it more fun. But my fav vacation when I was a kid was Disney World, who can beat Disney World! πŸ™‚

  89. I am redoing my bedroom, this would be awesome!
    My favorite vacations memory is with my husband, and two daughters going to Disneyland and San Diego 2005!!

  90. Dawn LeBeau

    My favorite vacation was a trip to Japan that my Dad took me on when I was in college. It was the neatest experience I have ever had.

  91. Can I share two? πŸ™‚ My favorite from when I was a kid was the summer before my senior year of high school. My parents took myself and my brothers to Disney World for a week to celebrate sort of a last family vacation together. We made some great memories! And my favorite with my own family was when we took the kids to Epcot for the first time last year. They’re older now, so they found things to enjoy there (especially the countries) that they might not have when they were younger.
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  92. Tricia C.

    My 14-year-old son and I went on a vacation by ourselves this past summer. Life has been very rough for the past six years, so we needed time alone together. We traveled to Nova Scotia and had a marvelous time. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  93. My favorite vacation so far has been my trip with my husband to Washington D.C. a few years ago. With two small children, we have yet to do a true “vacation” but I am looking forward to it!! Can’t wait for trips to the beach, Disney, etc.!

  94. Jessie

    Our annual trip to Hilton Head is always something to look forward to. We wait all year for June to roll around!

  95. Christine

    My favorite family vacation was my honeymoon – my husband and I were brand-new family, and since we definitely want kids we knew we’d never have this peaceful a vacation again! Hawaii was the perfect spot. πŸ™‚

  96. We tried to have many vacations, when I was a kid, but with a family size of 12, it was difficult. Cars broke down, plans were cancelled…you get the idea.

    However, now that we are all grown up, we had an “original 12” reunion, meaning no spouses or grandkids were invited, and we had a blast on our vacation together. That was the best!

  97. Kristin

    My favorite vacations as a kid were our summer visits to Dallas to visit family. My grandparents and aunt would always plan lots of special activities that we didn’t get to do in NM.

  98. Melissa

    We spent a weekend this summer with my parents at a cabin on the lake in Wisconsin. It was so great to see my son interact with them in a new environment. Thanks for the giveaway/contest!

  99. Aimee

    My favorite vacation was just this last month. We went to Florida for a week. My 2 year old quickly became a little beach bum! she loves it!!

  100. Going home to visit in Southern California is my favoraote vacatio. Since I live in AZ the drive is quick, there is always lots to do when we get there, the weather is beautiful, and we get to spend time with family!

  101. Jenette Marie

    My favorite family vacation was going to Disney World with my parents and siblings. The best part… we were all adults and had just as much fun, if not more, than when we were kids!

  102. My favorite family vacation was our honeymoon! πŸ™‚ Two weeks off work and time to relax after the stress of planning a wedding. It was wonderful!

  103. Ems

    my favorite vacay was a trip with my entire extended family to maine for my grandpa’s 80th birthday. what a hoot!

  104. Alysia

    My favorite vacation happened in June of this year…took the family to Hawaii! It was my first time there and had a blast!

  105. These are beautiful!! I grew up taking lots of family vacations. Now that my sister and I are a bit older and out on my own, we haven’t done our annual trips. Just last month, my parents, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend, and me headed to Austin, Texas, to see some more relatives. It was SO nice to all be together again on vacation like the old days πŸ™‚

  106. Rhonda

    One of my favorite vacations was when my husband and I took our toddler to Pennsylvania. She wanted to walk everywhere. It was so cute. We also visited the Amish communities and WOW was the food good!!!! The Amish folks know how to cook. πŸ™‚

  107. Patti

    My favorite vacation was the last time we were in Disney World as a whole family (all five kids). As some of the kids got to college age it became more difficult to get everyone together. That trip ended up being my husband’s last vacation as he passed away the next year. So it holds very special memories.

  108. mrshiggison

    Fave vacation to date: before he was my husband, we used to jump in the car and do day trips. We’d stop and shop, stop and eat, stop and make out. So simple. So awesome. Sooooooooooooo miss it!

  109. My favorite family vacations were always our roadtrips to national parks – the grand canyon, yellowstone, zion, etc. I can’t wait to do this with my kids!

  110. Ashley

    My favorite family vacation was one we recently took in October. It was our first family vacation with just my husband, my son, and I. We went to Florida. Nothing but relaxing on the beach as a family.

  111. My favorite family vacation was going to NYC last year for the first time. My son got to see the big city, ride on the subway, see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in person, and see 2 musicals on Broadway (his absolute favorite part of the trip!)

  112. Cory

    When I was 7. A 3-week trip, in our camper, from Miami to the West Coast. We visited everything from Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the Redwood Forest! Sooo many things. It was at the end of July, near my birthday, and I still remember there was snow on the ground in the hills surrounding San Francisco!! I still love to look at the pics as a reminder!!

  113. Stephanie

    My favorite family vacation is an annual trip that my family takes to Florida. I have been going on this vacation since I was three years old and since our family is so large (with over twenty cousins) there are always different groups of cousins/aunts/uncles/nieces/nephews coming and going. I like that there is always an open invitation to anyone who wants to come, and at times we have had 15 people at once!!

  114. Andrew

    My favorite family vacation are camping trips all around the US. That is something I plan on doing with my children when I have them!

  115. Maria

    My favorite family vacation was definitely last month when we went to DC. We enjoyed the fall foliage, museums and enjoyed family time!

  116. Bridget

    My favorite vacation has been the Disney Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. It was a week full of fun, food, and bliss. Highly recommended to everyone!

  117. Joel

    My favorite vacation was when I went to Sydney Australia to see the world premiere of the newest Star Trek movie. Yeah, I’m a nerd…

  118. Dawn Sims

    My favorite vacation was the last I shared with my daddy. I was 8 & we drove cross-country to CA to be with my grandparents. We didn’t have a camera but I’ll always carry the bits and pieces of pictures of him in mind… the lights of the dashboard reflected on his face as he drove in the dark, holding his hand at the base of Mt.Rushmore, him pointing out an old withered spooky looking tree on the side of the road telling me that was the tree where they hung Tom Dooley (Remember that song “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley?), and him surprising me with a china doll after he and mom got back from visiting San Francisco. He died that fall… killed by a drunk driver. That was about 47 years ago, and oh how I wish I had pictures of us together.

  119. Diana S.

    My favorite family vacation was when we took the kids to Disney World for the first time. They were in complete awe!

  120. Caitlin

    My favorite family vacations were always going to my Grandparents cottage in Michigan during the summer. They always have been, and they always will be my fave!

  121. We live in Hawaii (i know poor us!) so we don’t go on many vacations because there is no reason to except to visit family for the holidays! My favorite vacation as a kid was when my dad would have seminars and we got to go with him! San Diego was my favorite! I could spend all day at the zoo and Sea World!

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