Vacation stories/pictures thread

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by TexasRaceLady, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I was very close....it made me a little nervous. I could have done with a hard hat. :D
     
  2. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I liked this pic leaving the ramp...

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  3. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Amazing what you can take from your phone.
     
  4. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    Phones have turned into great cameras. Most of the pictures from my last trip were taken with my phone because it's just easier.
     
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  5. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I'm actually scared to upgrade my Samsung 7 edge because I love the camera so much.
     
  6. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
    Heading back home tomoro.
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  7. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    @Clutch Beeeyouteeful!

    Looks like that coconut palm is hanging on for dear life. What a grand location.
     
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  8. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Took a drive a couple of days ago before work. Gloomy, wet day.

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  9. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    It's still beautiful though bud.
     
  10. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    It's pretty in the native bush.

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  11. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Beautiful photos, Clutch. Trying to talk my Bride into visiting your country. So far, not much luck but like the ad for the New York State pottery used to go, "HEY! You never know!"
     
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  12. muggle not

    muggle not Team Owner

    WOW, outstanding photos. You are fortunate.
     
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  13. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    The route for this summers vacation. 8,000 miles round trip pulling the Beast. A month long with a 2 or 3 day stay at locations E through O. The rest we've already seen or done everything that's interesting to us so it's only one night. I just bought our Sonoma Race tickets and already have reservations for every stop but one and it only has a 4 month reservation window. Which sucks because the rest have a year or six month window.

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  14. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Be sure and spend some time in the Sequoia National Forest in Ca.
     
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  15. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I saw where you are going up the PCH, make sure to visit, http://avenueofthegiants.net/ , North of SF and Sonoma. It is a humongous old growth Red Wood Forest.

    We have been all the way up the PCH from SF to Oregon boarder, it was a great adventure.
     
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  16. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Thanks bud. We're staying two full day's at the Island Park NP Campground. That should give us enough time to cover Sequoia NP, Kings Canyon and everything in between.I appreciate the suggestions since researching online is sometimes hit and miss.
     
  17. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    We're also spending two full day's at the Village Camper Inn in Crescent City. Then down the PCH to Napa for the race and two day's extra to roam around the area. We'll make sure to go through there. I appreciate the tip.
     
  18. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    If you are going all the way into Kings Canyon plan a full day, maybe you will see Kings River during snow melt, that in and of itself is pretty spectacular. Kings Canyon is the deepest glacier cut canyon in the USA. We spent a lot of time in the Sierra Mountains there when I worked in Cali for 6 years.
     
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  19. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Sun and Fun Fly In photo's Lakeland Fla. 4-4-19.
    We took a day and went yesterday, Beeeyouteeful Day. Saw the Blue Angles do their pratice and was able to listen to them as they pointed out land marks to line up on for the show, way cool, this was at Noon, then at 5PM they put on the show. Lots of aircraft flew, but no P-51's :(. But we did see a lot of Trainers both new and old old old. The B-25 flyby was a treat. The Corsair did a tribute flight but no strafing runs. Except for the Blue Angles and the F-16 doing it's high performance routine, the show was very tame.

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    Static P-51 One of a pair there. Immaculate condition. Me in the Photo :whoopee:Like a kid in a candy store
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    B-25 Mitchel, saw it fly and it was in beautiful condition.
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    X-82 refurbish history, photo of plane next
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    XP-82 (TWIN P-51's) the plane, I had read about these before but this was my first up close and personal look at one, quite a piece of work.
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    Chinook Helicopter with twin miniguns and twin 308 machine guns
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    It was a great fun day, with perfect weather.
     
  20. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I saved this one for a spot by itself out of respect for what it represents.
    This is the actual C-47 that was the first C-47 to transport Paratroopers across the English Channel on D-DAY. It gave me chills to walk around it and look it over and know the history of what this aircraft represented to our great country and the liberation of Europe. :salute:

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  21. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    IMG_2276.jpg IMG_2329.jpg IMG_2326.jpg Great pictures! Absolutely love the warbirds. Since getting involved in radio controlled flying, my focus is on WWI and WWII trainers and fighters. These are pictures taken at Venice Airfield, Venice, Florida, in February with exception of bi-planes. They were at a breakfast fly-in at Buchan AirField in Englewood, Florida, about two miles from my home. IMG_2278.jpg

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  22. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Where is that Q stop?
     
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  23. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    That's South Llano River State Park Junction Tx. I updated our route since I posted that picture and forgot to post the new one. I just added some stops but we're still stopping at Junction though. I'll post the new one shortly.
     
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  24. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Here it is. Junction is now stop S. Thats going to be one helluva trip. :D

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  25. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    mmmmmm, Junction is less than 2 hours from my home. Just saying.
     
  26. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    The wife is still laughing. Hint hint. We're gonna think on it and talk to ya in a PM later. :D
     
  27. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    I was thinking about driving over and meeting you there. I can spend the night in one of the hotels and drive home the next day.
     
  28. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Junction, Texas, where Bear Bryant coached the Texas Aggie football team his first year as coach at A&M. He was a real task master and would never get away with the rugged training schedule he utilized at the time.

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    I hope you two can meet up.That would be great if you could arrange it. :)
     
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  29. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    We should be there in late June and arrive at about 3 pm and leave the next morning at 7 or 8 am.
     
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  30. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    This is one more photo from the airshow last week in Lakeland, Fla.
    It hit my funny bone pretty hard. The lady with this backpack was in her 60's. :lol2: Still young at heart with a sense of humor.

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  31. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Gee, she wasn't even making an effort to get the monkey off her back. ;):D
     
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  32. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    My wife and I just got back from spending a week in Florida. When I was growing up, my family used to vacation in Clearwater Beach every year, but this was the first time I've been back to Florida since 2004. I was pretty excited to finally get back down there.

    Coming from Ohio, we spent the majority of the trip on I-75. Our first day of the drive we stopped in Macon, GA overnight.....

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    We spent the next night in Gainesville, FL. I'm a big Gator fan, but I've only seen them play on the road against Kentucky or Vanderbilt. I had never been inside The Swamp, so I made sure to schedule our trip so we could watch the Florida spring game in person....

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    Right after the game, we drove straight to our spot in Clearwater Beach...

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    All the beachfront motels are long gone in favor of high rises, sadly. It's been that way here since the turn of the century, but there are still a few old Florida style motels a couple blocks inland (on the marina side). I definitely prefer the older mom-and-pop beach motels over the more expensive high rise chain hotels. It's less than a 5 minute walk to the beach, and the view is still pretty good....

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    The beach was wayyyy busier during our stay than I had ever seen it during any spring break or summer vacation there in my past. I guess that's a sign of just how much this place has grown in the last couple decades. It's very "commercialized" now, almost too popular for it's own good, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it....

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    We spent a day in St. Pete as well. My grandparents used to rent a house by Coffeepot Bayou every winter, so we stopped by for a walk. The bayou hasn't changed a bit, still as beautiful as ever.....

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    Later that day, we stopped by a rooftop bar for Happy Hour and had a pretty nice view.....

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    And went to a Rays game, of course.....

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    It was a great vacation, but it went by too quick. They always do. :cool:

    One other note.....Traffic on the way down and the way back wasn't bad, except Atlanta. My God what a PITA. It's 6 freakin lanes wide, yet still takes 2 hours to get through. :mad:
     
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  33. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    It sounds like our vacations, we stay busy busy. We're glad that you enjoyed yourselves.

    Atlanta has always been that way. 2 lanes, 4 lanes, 6 lanes it didn't matter. The traffic just outgrew the roads faster than they could build them. I try to go through there around 5 or 6 in the morning, it's not so bad then
     
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  34. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Nice pics bud and I enjoyed your commentary. Looks like a really nice place.... But busy! I see you are from Ohio.... Funny thing that in February we had 2 guests stay with us for 10 days from Ohio. We only knew one of them from a Mediterranean cruise 9 years ago! Anyhow he texted us and he came with a friend he is from Orrville and the friend from Wooster.... If never heard of these places. Anyhow we all had a blast!
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  35. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan


    Glad you had a great time, there is nothing like a GATOR game in the SWAMP! I have been to many, having lived in Florida since birth 67 years ago.

    You said: I definitely prefer the older mom-and-pop beach motels over the more expensive high rise chain hotels, Me also!!!, open up the sliders right to the beach, it was great.
    Two key factors have ruined a lot of Florida, The interstate system and affordable whole house air conditioning.:booya:
     
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  36. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I'm too damned old (Florida native) to attend games in the swamp anymore. The electricity in the air is overwhelming for my 75 year old senses. There's no place like it.
    There are still a lot of the small clean motels down both coasts and even inland but are getting harder to find. The old folks are dying off and the kids are selling out to the big condo/hotel/time share scalpers. This was one of our favorites before I bought my first RV in the 70s.

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  37. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    Thanks! I'm just a few miles west of Columbus, which isn't too far from Orville and Wooster. Less than two hours away.

    Hopefully I'll make it to a real game there soon. I can only imagine how fun that place must be in the fall.

    We used to stay at this place in Clearwater Beach called the Angler.......

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    ^ I found this pic online from the late 70's. It was demolished in the late 90's and replaced by the Hilton, just north of Pier 60.
     
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  38. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Hell yeah, that's what I am talking about, couldn't beat it.:booya: :punkrocke

    Now we have eleventy million people here and we hardly have any access to our beautiful beaches.

    I remember back in my younger days in 1970 and 71, we would occasional on weekends, party like crazy on the sand dunes and beach on the east end of Panama City Beach, away from town, now it's all town. I probably spilled more liquor there than most people will drink, LOL.
     
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  39. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    During the 60s and 70s the west end of the beach was the same. That's where we hung out when we were there. Build a bonfire, party like crazy and sleep it off on the beach. Try it now and the snow birds that's taken over everything would probably beat you with their canes for sleeping on "Their" beaches. That and go to jail is what I've heard usually happens.
     
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  40. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    It's a damn shame @Johali, just a dag gum shame what has happened here in Florida with uncontrolled growth. But, oh well, cats outa the bag.
     
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