In honor of my trip to Florida, I’m doing a vacation and travel-themed Ask Away Friday today with Ginny Marie of Lemon Drop Pie. This is our first swap, which surprises me because we’ve been blogging friends and Mother of All Meltdown Co-Authors for awhile. She’s a blogger you can get close to fast, with her stories of sickness and health, family and marriage, travel (she went to Alaska!!) and working on a farm. She was a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2013 and I was so happy that a blogger I “knew” got that wonderful award. I even squealed when I saw her name on the list. She totally rocks and deserves it all!
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!
We are sad to be losing Amber as one of our amazing co-hosts, as she is working to pursue other business ventures and focusing her attentions on her fitness ventures. We wish her nothing but the best, and hope for her thriving success!
When one door closes, another one opens…and we would like to give a huge Ask Away Friday welcome to a brand new co-host…drum roll please…Welcome Echo from The Mad Mommy! She is both a friend and a fellow blogger. I dig her.
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy
Be sure to read Ginny Marie’s answers to my travel questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. Would you rather take a road trip or fly?
Road trip. I respect flying and its amazing ability to get us to California in six hours, but I’ve had some great road trips in my life. I’ve driven from New Jersey to Florida a few times, and we moved east by driving a really winding and amazing trip from San Francisco to Massachusetts. We stopped all over the place and could have the dog with us. I think about that a lot.
Although road trips are more dangerous, I like that sense of control you have anyway, just knowing you can stop and look at anything you want. And you can stop and take photos anywhere you want. And eat really unhealthy but great road food.
2. Where is your favorite place to travel with your kids?
I’ve only gone to New Jersey or Florida with both kids, so I’ll say that Orlando was my favorite so far. We had such a great time last year, although Des doesn’t remember any of it. Before he was born, we went to San Francisco with Scarlet twice and I’d love to do that again. Showing them both our old home would be very special. One day..
3. Do you have any sanity-saving tips for traveling with a toddler?
Benadryl and alcohol! (for you) No, the biggest things I can think of are plenty of snacks and water. You can pack a whole backpack full of activities, but when it comes down to it, letting them pull marshmallows out of a box of Lucky Charms for two hours might be your saving grace at the end of a long journey. Not that I’ve ever done that.. more than once, anyway.
4. If you could take a vacation without the kids, where would you go?
Would it be too repetitive to say Alaska? I’d take that with or without the kids, but no with or without the moose. I think I’d like to do something more strenuous without them. I’d like to do the kind of trip in which I wouldn’t have to slow down or look back for strollers or bathroom breaks. So maybe something international – like Europe, or something a little crazy – like seeing Great White Sharks in the Farallon Islands. Even from a safe distance, I’m not sure the kids are ready for that!
5. What is your favorite activity to do while traveling? Do you like to read, sleep, listen to music, or play games?
It used to be that I liked to read. That was my thing. Now I have kids. My favorite thing is to do new things and to watch their faces while they do new things. And then of course, the photography aspect of it all is divine. That’s my favorite!
6. I know you love both the East Coast and the West Coast; is there a place you would travel to just for the food?
Probably Italy, from what I hear about the pizza and pasta there. I’m not a foodie by any means, but I can appreciate quality. The best food I ever ate while traveling was in New Orleans. It’s really the stuff of dreams, I tell ya.
7. One of my goals is to someday come home to a clean house, but it hasn’t happened yet! When you leave your house for vacation, is it messy or clean?
We always leave it clean, especially now that we have pet sitters to consider. Cassidy is very clean and we did a big overhaul before we went away for Christmas because we knew we’d be coming back with 1,000 new toys! He did a big deep clean before we left for Florida and it’s nice to come back to that! It will get kid-cluttered pretty quickly.
8. What is one thing you would never travel without, not including your family and your camera?
I’m so glad you included my camera in there! That’s important! I’m assuming wallet is in there too, though, right? I think I’m pretty mellow with many of the must-haves. I always travel with a book, a notebook and a pen. You just never know when you’ll need to write, when phones should be off. And there’s something about hand to pen.. I don’t do it very often.
9. My husband cannot sit still for very long on vacation; he has to be constantly on the move. How about you? Would you rather have a relaxing vacation or have activities planned from morning ‘til night?
Well I guess I’m somewhere in the middle. I like some plans with room for flexibility and whims. I also really like to rest, but that’s the winter-wearied, 24/7 parent talking, and not necessarily the adventurous parts of me.
10. If you could photograph any place in the world, where would you go?
Oh. Sheesh. I started Googling “most beautiful places on earth” and then Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds” came on Pandora – the one with the whole mall in Minnesota singing along to it – so I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I probably shouldn’t Google it. There are parts of this world that are beyond comprehension. New Zealand. Sweeping mountains. Barrier reefs. Deep sea bellies. I can’t even fathom 5% of it. So I need to answer about me and what I know and what I know about my photography.
The first time I went to Yellowstone, I wasn’t prepared. We flew to Salt Lake City and took a five hour drive through Idaho to get to the wrong side of the park from where our hotel was. With a 35mph speed limit at night, and just the large scope of the park – it took hours. And all we saw at dusk were valleys and canyons and cliffs and antlers (not moose) that looked like anime characters. And the glowing eyes at night – reflected back from our car headlights? We had no idea what they were. We managed to see some of it the next day in breaking light, and it was just as majestic, if not as mysterious. That’s what I want to photograph. At Yellowstone or someplace like it. Wherever in the world that at dusk or breaking dawn, you can find yourself in a swirl of fog and glowing eyes and canyons and vistas. And for that, I’d need a tripod, an incredible zoom lens, and patience. And that’s what I want. And I’d like Cassidy by my side. Maybe the kids somewhere down the line.
Whew. I unflattened myself. I was feeling a bit stiff when I started this post, but man, the emotions got me in the end. They always do. Otherwise, I honestly don’t bother blogging at all. So apparently I’m emotional three times a week!
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