July 17th, 2019

What I learned on my summer vacations

By Medicine Hat News on September 14, 2016.

This summer I was fortunate enough to take two vacations. One to Las Vegas and California for a Garth Brooks concert and Disneyland, among other things, and one to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame, a pair of Blue Jays games and more in the area. Both were driving vacations, something I won’t be doing again for a few years.

Upon return in early August from trip No. 2 I spent the remainder of the month tweeting once per day about the trips. Sometimes it was the amazing things I saw and experienced, sometimes things I thought of during long hours and days on the road. One stood out above the rest.

Too much focus was on getting to the destination, be it Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto or home. I only saw small portions of this continent but there were so many things we passed on the road that I wish there was time to stop for or stay longer at. Whether it was a simple roadside lookout or fish and chips stand, the world’s biggest whatever or the Waterpark Capital of the World Wisconsin Dells we always just kept truckin’.

Next time, the trip will be about the journey. Getting to a city at a reasonable hour (not 11:30 p.m.) and finding something to do there that evening if we hadn’t already planned something. Or stopping at attractions on the road, previously planned for or not, and still getting to a hotel at a decent time.

But that’s a few years away. Until then, I’m flying.

If you’re interested in what I was tweeting in August about the vacations, check #CBholidayroad on Twitter. Pictures, witticisms, observations and more.

Chris Brown, multi media editor
Twitter: @MHNBrown

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