|The El Garces Hotel was later on historic U.S. Route 66|
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Where do I go? Where I always go. My typical vacation destinations are Houston, Texas; Maryville, Tennessee; and the Jersey Shore area, with all sorts of stops and side trips along the way. For the past several years this has been my general itinerary since these are the places I must go to see my kids, my grandkids, and my other family members.
These are all fine places to go if one plans to take a vacation trip. Exotic places and major tourist destinations are fine for some, but for me I want to see my loved ones and spend some quality time with them. Besides, I've been to plenty of places in my life already and though I love the travel and the thrill of discovering new adventures, I've got to stick with the places of my heart and mind.
No theme park or far away city can give me the joy of watching my grandchildren and hearing them talk to me. Spending quiet time with my daughters or running around with them as they go through their life routines give me new memories and allows me to relive some old ones.
Maybe one day I'll go to Europe or Australia or do some big vacation thing that I've never done before. Or maybe I won't and not particularly miss not having done those things. I'll let life just come as it will. On the way home from our visiting, my wife and I will take our time. Maybe we'll see a national park or two, a historical site, or some kitschy roadside attraction. We'll enjoy the journey and we'll enjoy being home.
Every day is part of a journey to some destination which may be new or may be old or may be the one that is totally unexpected. My life has often seemed like one long vacation with a few stops here to work or there to rest. The journey is the best that life has to offer. One destination leads to the next.
What is your dream vacation destination? Are you sometimes disappointed when you reach a destination that you've been looking forward to? What is it that you like about the journey before you get where you are going?