Tag Archives: Travel

  The year is 1911. Picture a young boy: poor, hungry, ignored.   He travels with his sheepherder grandfather, tending the flock.   The young boy is required to take the animals up into the mountains of Oregon, for months on end, alone. Only a make-shift wagon with a canvas top pulled by a mule […]

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  • Cary - My partner really wants one of these.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Don’t we all! They are AWESOME on the inside. Ben and I are thinking about getting one and making the restoration a project- like I need another ‘project’.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - My inlaws had one and it was a beauty. I loved caravanning with them when my kids were small.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I bet. They really are just beautiful and, if my sister-n-law is any indication, the people who caravan are wonderful! So fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - This brings back such memories! My grandparents had an Airstream for years and were part of the caravan club – they had many wonderful adventures! Waiting for the story about Ted…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ya know? I really SHOULD write a post about Ted. Quite a character! Thanks for the idea!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, anytime I see one of these, I think of Lucy and Ricky
    {The Long, Long Trailer} movie. I love the planter box outside the window. I have never been inside one, but looks very fun for family travelsReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh you should see the inside!!!! So diminutive with not an inch wasted. Absolutely charming. I would go crazy decorating one in 1950’s vintage style. My sister-n-law is so stylish- that window planter box is perfect, and she had an awning sewn for outside from a new fabric that looks vintage. Very clever. Let’s all get one and meet up! hahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Airstream. Grey’s Anatomy. I’ll say no more.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - What???? You’re going above my pay grade- again!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - ofeverymoment - The photos make me want to visit!
    Also, after reading your bio about Wally, if my life story ever needs to be told – I want you to write it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ohhhhhh, I’d LOVE TO!!!! I’m thinking of writing my Obit- now. Hahaaaaa I will be amazing if I have anything to say about it!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Bluth Robertson - Yes, yes… I want one. It looks so FUN. I love the garden on the back.


  • William Kendall - I’ve seen these things in campgrounds, but never did get in one.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - AMAZING inside. So compact but efficient. Very Retro and shiny. I like it all!ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Hi Cheryl! This entire post fascinated me from start to finish. Now, I really want one of these and the adventures too! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Terrye Toombs - How awesome is THAT?! ReplyCancel

  • Alana - Yes! Yes! Yes! This has been my dream since I worked in an insurance agency in Arkansas that wrote insurance on Airstreams (and other types of travel trailers and mobile homes). There is something so special about Airstreams.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They are….. beautiful. Really beautiful. It fast becoming one of my ‘dreams’ as well. Meet you at the Caravan?ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Craggs - Your writing really drew me in, and to be about such a fabulous land craft, even more! Your brother in law sounds like someone who will try anything! I gather it was intentional? xReplyCancel

  • Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife - Wish we had an Airstream; I’ve always loved them! FYI, I’m under orders from my tugboat man to make sure everyone knows it’s “Merchant Marine”, not “Merchant Marines”, and one is referred to a a “Merchant Mariner”. (Don’t shoot the messenger!!)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Good to know. I’ll go in and make the change now….ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Airstreams are such a head turner. Loved the story!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - A kind of ‘house’ for you to write about on your wonderful blog?ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - So I can now add ‘marketing executive’ to your burgeoning list of talents! My good lady has recently expressed an interest in caravaning; if she were to read this post I’m sure she’d flip into overdrive and nag me into submission. ReplyCancel

  • Big Top Family - Wow! What a great story, I loved this. And yeah, even though I already did my time in a trailer back in 1979 or so, you did kinda make me want an Airstream. 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Claudia Schmidt - I always thought it would be way cool to travel cross country in one of these babies! Maybe I still will, when the kids are out of college. Love the pictures, cool story, I had no idea about how he came up with them.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Claudia! I agree- very cool. We should start our own caravan group? Wouldn’t THAT be a R-I-O-T!!!ReplyCancel

  I have been on hundreds millions of vacations.     Europe, South America, Central America, Islands all over the globe, Canada the Moon, and our own Great Nation have hosted my adventures.   I have enjoyed cities, streams, mountains and majesty.   I am good at traveling.   I choose my clothes to do double […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Do you have any idea what a nightmare this sounds like to overly planned me? LOLReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. I was thinking about you when I wrote it Carol. So unlike me, and NEVER again.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I was with ya until I got to, “I through caution to the wind…” – that’s when I began twitching. I am a Virgo….ORGANIZE is my middle name. I only travel in a carry-on no matter how long I am gone…but my clothes are all organized and ready for packing at least 2 days ahead. My toiletries all labeled and packed in my see-through baggy….usually replenished after my last trip. My drivers license is out and ready a day ahead with my boarding pass. If we are going out of the country, I have a bag of “In Case” meds. Once I get home…I must unpack and do all of the laundry before I go to bed….So, I could never throw caution to the wind and wing it. Good for you for trying! Maybe someday I shall throw caution to the wind and try it myself. My husband would probably faint!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I also am not a ‘caution to the wind’ kinda gal. This was a first. Unless you count how I raised my kids. THAT was a crap shoot. Thanks for stopping by Ellen. I’d rather travel with you. XXOOReplyCancel

  • Beverly Diehl - Oh, jeez, that was hilarious. Loved taking that trip with you – from afar.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m sure if you had been with me, I would have had a MUCH better time! ps: I found your comment in my Spam file! How many times have you heard that?! Hahaaaaa Hopefully now that I’ve ‘approved’ it- that won’t happen again!ReplyCancel

  • Dave Sumner - You are so right! I wish my damn bank would stop persecuting me for traveling in my own country by constantly jamming my ATM card when I am out of town! I refuse to call them every time I get on a plane in the 21st Century when we are free to fly practically anywhere on a moment’s notice. I suppose that if I continue to be stubborn and refuse they will just continue to be stubborn and not let me have any money! They did it to me the other day in California, and once they turned off all my debit and credit cards on a long “bank holiday” weekend (3 days) when I was in a small town in rural Wales. Thank goodness the Welsh are nice folks, or I would likely still be there, probably living in a park by now:)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I don’t know…. being stuck in Wales sounds pretty fabu to me! And I know- it’s irritating but once they DID stop a hacker get into my accounts, so I’m okay with it, it’s just that I was in the USA!!! And they must have an amalgam that realizes I travel a lot. Seriously, once I went to a new grocery store and I had to call!!! Uuugh!!!! Thanks for stopping by Dave. It’s great to have a new commenter!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I totally get it because I just spent the major part of last week without any wi-fi or cell tower signals (at the Redwoods)and had my nerves shot looking for a Starbucks!!
    Oh, and I forgot to pack my toothbrush!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - OMG- I forgot to mention the toothbrush issue!!! Me too!!!!!!! I swear, if I think about it I left out a lot of stuff. Probably because I didn’t want to embarrass myself any more then necessary!ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Did anyone tell you, “You have a purdy mouth”?ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra Williams - The houses look beautiful. The rest of it does’t sound so great. ReplyCancel

  • Alyson Shitastrophy Herzig - I love you, that is all. ReplyCancel

  • KymberlyFunFit - great sequence of pics before and after restoration. All taken with no undies. Ha ha aha hahReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - All commando because really, is there any other way?ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - OMG, too funny. Good to know I’m not the only one who ASSUMES I have it all together just because I’ve done something a million times before. Hope this trip was fun, the pictures are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Liv BySurprise - What fun! At least by travelling that way you have a great story to tell!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - So funny! None of these things will ever happen to me because I’m way too anal about everything (note my name is anal spelled backwards). I would love to be more spontaneous and have some of your adventures!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I never thought these ‘things’ would happen to me either. ANd yet, the story of life keeps unfolding. Thank God for Starbucks!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I loved those photos of the old/new. Is that southern Ohio by any chance. The daughter had her credit card cancelled once because the bank was being “cautious.” Sounds like a normal trip.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - No- it’s NE OHIO. The Connecticut Western Reserve. After the Revolution, Connecticut couldn’t afford to pay their veterans so they offered them land in they owned. This region was settled by Connecticut citizens. Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy Klapper Trotta - You are so funny! I love the old/new pics. Say what you will about you–you do have an eye for beauty!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - So was it a good vacation or a bad vacation?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaaaaa. Good & challenging! But I survived!!!ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - Cheryl, as long as you get a good story to tell, the adventure is worth it!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Sometimes I wonder? Hahahaaaa….ReplyCancel

  • Susan - ofeverymoment - I’m much too familiar with what you have written here. But deciding which shoes to pack is a huge issue for me – and I often bring more than three!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It can be painful- like ripping off a bandage, but well worth the trauma- then, kinda liberating with so few choices Susan. Why are we soooo attached to our shoes, I wonder? I think I smell another blog post! HahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Wise advice. I too have fallen victim to the ‘not informing your bank before traveling’ – not great when your Visa card is cancelled while you are in foreign lands. Also, I’ve always feared a lady with an agennnnda!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahaaaaa. My agennnndas have been to smooze a room, or acquire corporate secrets- or find an open bar! Occasionally to kick some ass. All normal stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - LOL. You are too damn funny. And all for a trip to BFE…er, Ohio.

    I usually get everything together the night before we leave for a road trip. And although it’s only the two us, we pack our car like we’ll be gone for a fricken month. Camera bags? Check. Laptop bags? Check. Travel bags with clothes? Check. Tote bags with non-perishable snacks? Check. Anything else? The kitchen sink, perhaps. Haha. We’re a bit nuts but we still have a good time…most of the time. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Kim! I’ve always been very organized- still am. It was just something about this trip that tripped-me-up. And Boy did I pay for it! I often travel alone- without the hubby. Maybe once a year we are together on a trip. Why? I don’t have a God Damn clue. I guess he’s busy. (SOMEONE NEEDS TO WORK!). Hahaaa But I remember the days….ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Just wow, all this for just traveling to Ohio. I will have to remember your checklist remembered and not remembered next time I travel within the heartland. As always, this was the most fun to read all week.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Dear Sue. This was a OHIO trip, but it could have been ANYWHERE. Next week I’m off to the Upper PENN of Michigan. Wish me luck.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Ramsey - Wow! This sounds nightmarish. I wish I could say it didn’t make me laugh. I have to find humor in someone else’s bad traveling experiences having just returned from my own.
    But those photos! Love them! I am such a sucker for anything historic. Those were a treat!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Sandy! The Historic Town made it all worth while- even with my car impounded and a lawyer hired. Classic- would be what my husband said- but the bill got paid!ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - LMAO!!! I can’t go across town without packing a ‘day bag.’ If we leave town, I have the ‘night bag.’ And vacation? I pack 2 weeks in advance. I’m OCD and ADD. That bag gets packed and repacked more times than a dog sniffs a tree before taking a piss. 😉 Good to have you back!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So funny! I know- I’m usually like you- but not this time and I learned my lesson. It’s nice to BE back!ReplyCancel

  It’s Summer Time and the livin’ is easy… except when it’s complicated.   This is my mantra. George Gershwin got it all wrong. He probably couldn’t even swim.   It should go like this: All together now…   Summertime, and the livin’ is complicated. Mass travel sucks and tempers are high Oh, your daddy’s […]

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  • Lisha Fink - I think we were in the next condo. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If that were ONLY TRUE! I may have had a better time Lisha! EeeGads.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I’m laughing so hard the dog left!

  • Penelope Lemov - What a way to capture the “joys” of inter-generational, international travel. I’m still humming your tune–even as I posted a blog on similar theme this morning.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - The essence of the down side of travel, neatly encapsulated in a poem. Burnt ass, frayed tempers, long lines at airports; I recognize all of these. And a fine quartet of womanhood on display in that photo (just saying!).ReplyCancel

  • Terrye Toombs - What a way to start a Monday – with a smile. Thank you Cheryl. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - You’re so funny Cheryl Nicholl! Love this.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Yeah. I’m pretty much going to go with your version from now on . . . 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Catchy tune. Plan B sounds good. Everyone in the picture looks happy about Plan B.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We were- eventually. I was happy from about an hour and a half into being denied access to our original flight! I said the universe was trying to tell us something. Everything was so messed-up! Oh well…..ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love you for this from start to finish.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So cute Sue! I love you from start to finish! If you only knew the ‘details’. Holy Crap what a bunch of jerks- all over the globe!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Great, now I’ve got Summertime playing in my head, over and over again. ReplyCancel

The first time I can remember playing was in a playpen with the little girl next door.   Her name was Barby. Her mom had named her in the debutante age of the iconic doll, but in a show of defiance, had changed the spelling to make a point- a ‘point’ I think that could […]

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  • Jessica - Wow, you could have just described my son right there. There are no simple answers to his questions (Google has become my best friend). And of course we love the Legos! 🙂 Looks like an awesome display.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It was/is- mind blowing. The things that can be made out of lego’s are awesome. PS: our son grew-up to be amazing- so will yours I bet. [[hug]]ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I play more as an adult than I ever did as a child!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- I believe you do! Which is so wonderful Carol. You only live once! Might as well have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Sometimes I think it would be a relief to let myself be self-involved occasionally… because you are completely right, it’s not something you really get to do once you’re a mom. But really I need the chance to lighten up, to spend time on frivolous things. With my kids or without them, either way. It’s hard sometimes because my guys are still little, but we’re working on it- trying to make sure that at least some of my time is geared toward laughing and silliness and not ALWAYS trying to make every minute “count.”

    Stopping by from Bloppy Bloggers.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Have any truer words ever been spoken? I don’t think so! Yes- trying to make every minute count is impossible. Somehow I had a revelation as a younger mom that all I could do was my best- and that included just relaxing, and playing, and letting things goooooo sometimes. I have tried to perfect my imperfections- aka: RELAX. Hahaaa. Great to see you here!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Yes! We get so caught up in the stresses and responsibilities of adult life, that we forget to have fun and play. We only get one ride on the merry go round of life. We should enjoy it while we’re on the ride! Great piece. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My pleasure! And in full disclosure- I STILL have to remind my self from time to time!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I find that wonderful and extraordinary that he is so focused and doesn’t let success stop him from striving to achieve more!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He really is AMAZING. It’s not that he’s NOT satisfied, it’s just that he wants to do and learn more all of the time. He’s my hero- as are your Big and little A’s!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Love this post! My younger son was a lego fan as well, and could sit for HOURS working on a creation. He would love to see this installation – thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I think LEGO sponsors these installations all over the country (smart, btw). Check your area or swing by Cleveland, Ohio. There are a lot of great things to do!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - My son is so much like me. And I fought it for years because I didn’t want him to have the problems in life that I’ve had. I wanted him to be like me, but the better version that was perfect. In other words, nothing like me. And then I realized that he’s himself. And if I want into his world I’d better stop superimposing myself on it and insisting he be entirely different. And it’s been a blessing every since.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Such discoveries are better late than never.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I think if more parents were like you the world would be a beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Amazing child and most likely an amazing adult these days. His world has no boundaries, which means the possibilities are endless. I am in awe of folks like that.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Lego. Best toy ever! (Unless you step on it!) I think your son and my sons would have gotten along famously!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Not to be a ditto but I agree with Rena that more parents should be like you. ReplyCancel

  • Tana Bevan - Sweet memories of your darlin’. Thanks for sharing. Does he still enjoy Legos?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We just talked about this and he said he misses playing with them. I think I’ll surprise him with a kit soon! He’s 29!!ReplyCancel

We do a lot of traveling. All of us- me, Ben, and the kids. We always have.In fact, my kids think air travel is like bus travel- normal, pedestrian, easy.I’ve often times admonished them for bartering with their father for flights. “Daddy? If I could just visit Rachel in NYC for her birthday I’d be the happiest […]

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  • shelly - Lucky you. Job well done then.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com - Okay Cheryl…I just found your blog and I’m wondering what I have to do to get adopted myself!!!! Really…I’m VERY young at heart and I love to travel too 🙂 ~KathyReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahaaaaa- I love you already! So funny. Just come for a visit- I’ll do the cooking! So nice to make a new friend!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - Very VERY jealous of all the traveling! Can I please be reincarnated as one of your children?ReplyCancel

  • Angel The Alien - Will you adopt me? 😉ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes, Angel, I will. Because I really appreciate your writing/sharing/thoughts and how you extend yourself. You are one of my inspirations.ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - Great to hear of your children’s success; it is clear that you’ve dedicated a lot of time to them and it has reaped rewards. Similarly, I’m proud of my two kids (19 & 23). I do, however, reflect on whether Mrs Jones and I have struck the optimal balance between support/over-protection (or even over-indulgence). We can only do our best and hope.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Ben and I have ‘decided’ not to worry about the over-indulgence part anymore. The kids(25 and 28) have grown into such responsible, contributing adults that we’re not beating ourselves up about all of those kinds of rearview questions anymore. It’s really nice to hear from another ‘mature’ parent on this blog. I appreciate your chiming in and our conversations Bryan.ReplyCancel

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