Tuesday, May 20, 2008

SOOOO looking forward to vacation...
Sad news...

Some of you know that we were excited about planning to go to Hawaii this year for a belated 30th Anniversary celebration with a few other couples. So even after 2 of the couples changed their minds, a few months ago we booked our 7-day cruise at a higher price than we were hoping for.

Then after the 3rd couple had to cancel due to an upcoming wedding and we found out that airfare was going to be nearly double what we were expecting, we decided to postpone our Hawaii trip until prices are more reasonable.

Now the good news...

Terry and I have been talking a lot about where to go and what to do for a special anniversary trip instead of Hawaii. Of course, we have a list a mile long of places all over the world that we'd like to visit, but money doesn't grow on trees so we have to be realistic.

We own a timeshare that we have used a lot in the past, but over the last few years we've hardly been able to exchange for any resorts in the areas that we want to go to, so we had pretty much given up on being able to use it anymore for preferred vacation destinations. BUT, we decided to check a few possibilities for exchanges and we were actually able to exchange for a 2 bedroom unit with a loft that sleeps 6 people in Lincoln, New Hampshire for the week of September 27 thru Oct 4th!!!

The resort is on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway and is called "The Village of Loon Mountain". It's in a ski area in the famous White Mountains of New Hampshire. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! New England in the Fall has been one of my top 5 choices for vacations for as long as I can remember and we're finally getting to go. The more I think about it and do research, the more excited I get and the longer I want to stay. Between the natural beauty of autumn, the cooler weather (while it's still in the 100's here), history and architecture we won't know where to begin. We're hoping to do day trips from the timeshare, but also spend a few extra days in Boston or other spots. We've just begun to do the planning. It will be hard to decide where to go with so many awesome choices.

One of my favorite seasons is autumn...the sights, sounds and even smells are so captivating and exhilarating. I'm sure this will be one of our best vacations EVER.

Now, because of the size of the unit, we'll have space if a few friends want to join us for all or part of the time, but even if they don't, we'll still have a blast. If you have been there and have any suggestions on places that we shouldn't miss, be sure to let us know. I'll keep you posted on plans, and then of course, will have lots to post afterward or preferably during vacation.

Aren't these photos spectacular!!! They just take my breath away. I found them here at www.photo.net. I can't wait to get there and take some awesome ones of my own. I have lots of photography techniques to learn before September...can't wait!!!

1 comment:

linda said...

Just stopping by your site and thought I'd leave a comment...hope you don't mind.

So sorry about the Hawaii cancellation. Hawaii has long been our vacation favorite...but I too have ALWAYS wanted to visit New England in the Fall. You lucky girl you!

I have become great friends with a fellow blogger Mom who lives in Conn. She wants me to come visit in Oct. I just may have to take her up on the offer!

Did I read that you live in AZ? We live in CA but my daughter just finished up her first year at ASU. She loved it and will be heading back at the end of Aug. I don't know how you are able to tolerate that AZ heat. It seems unbearable!