Interesting Places You've Been to and Things You've Done

MelroseHawkins

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Really though if you met the guy you’d think he’s completely normal, and to be honest he is. He just has zero desire to do any sort of traveling or to experience anything other than NW Iowa.

He thinks I’m an idiot driving 5 hrs to Iowa City 15 times a year for football and wrestling and he’s probably right.

Yea, I was throwing out the extreme. I've met people like that. Very normal within their home region.

I could see my dad being like that. He's gone to a few places over his lifetime but I don't think it would really bother him if he didn't. I think if he's asked he may go but never initiates anywhere to go. I think he thinks it's kind of a pain in the azz and he really dislikes driving in large cities.
 

Fryowa

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I don't understand how someone can raise kids without getting them some experiences. That's one of the best parts of having kids.
Agreed. I’ve never been out of the country and neither has my 15 y.o., but he’s been around the block a bunch in the US. I try to do stuff with him anytime we can. He’s been to DC a couple times, all over the New England and Pennsylvania region, all 3 9/11 memorials, we’ve spent ten days in a tent above 6,000 ft in the Black Hills on two occasions, we rode an Amtrak from Omaha to Philly with a sleeper room a few years back. He’s been to a shitload of Hawk football, baseball, wrestling, and basketball games. A hundred other trips that I’m forgetting…

As an aside, a couple years ago when he took a friend to a Hawks game with us I really started to think. His buddy had never been anywhere cool in his life—no football game bigger than a shitty 2A high school Friday night—and when he walked into Kinnick for the first time I thought he was gonna shit himself. Totally speechless and he just stood there and stared at everything taking it all in. Mind blown. My own kid now walks around Melrose and Kinnick like it ain’t no thang, and I don’t know how I feel about that. I remember being blown away like my kid’s buddy the one time my dad took me to a Hawks game in ‘91, and to think that it’s old hat for my son is weird. We’re not wealthy by any stretch, but there’s definitely some privilege there that he’s not aware of. I actually talked to him about it because I think it’s important that he understands what he’s got.

Our kids (yours and mine, and others) are fucking spoiled, man. I never did any of that stuff with my old man or parents. Not even a little. I remember taking 2 vacations in my childhood life, one to Disneyland one summer, and one to the Grand Canyon. And I was damn glad to have ‘em. My folks couldn’t afford to do the shit I do with my kid and I don’t resent them for it a bit. But I want my own kid to know how many opportunities and experiences he’s had that most of his friends probably don’t ever get to do.
 

uihawk82

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Given all the negative news lately including high gas prices that may be curtailing travel plans, what are some interesting places you've been and done. List your favorite 5 to 10. Bet there are some interesting things.

Anyone game?

My wife and I like to look and visit nature and natural settings. As someone said, Niagara Falls is just amazing, the power of water, the roar. We finally have been to a lot more national parks the last 15 years. Yellowstone, the Utah parks are just an amazing work of art by nature, the Grand Canyon, what a great piece of work. And Meteor Crater is is just out of this world. The Big Island is big in everything, volcanoes, lava flows pouring into the Pacific, lava tubes, huge greenery. One day on the Big Island we went for an early swim in the ocean, you drive through the lush vegetation down low, we drove up to a semi-arid reserve about 3000 feet up, then drove to 10,000 feet on Mauna Kea to the Telescope Visitor Center, great views and so many biomes in such a relatively short drive. We didnt go to the peak even though we rented a 4 wheel drive jeep because my wife was feeling the thin air at the Visitor Center.

We also like history and science museums. A really good one was the NASA Apollo 11 tour traveling exhibit we went to St Louis to see with kids and grandkids. So many great museums. I have been a rocket NASA outer space nut since Sputnik and I finally went to Cape Kennedy/Canaveral to visit there a couple of days and to watch the last launch of the Shuttle Discovery, AWESOME. I still do not know why I didnt twist my brothers arm to go to an Apollo launch. Great museums in Chicago and DC.

Taking the kids to Wrigley and Busch stadiums was always fun.
 

okeefe4prez

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I have been a rocket NASA outer space nut since Sputnik and I finally went to Cape Kennedy/Canaveral to visit there a couple of days and to watch the last launch of the Shuttle Discovery, AWESOME. I still do not know why I didnt twist my brothers arm to go to an Apollo launch. Great museums in Chicago and DC.

Oh, that reminds me of one of the coolest thing I ever saw. We did a cruise out of port canaveral and our motel was right next to Kennedy. We saw them explode the SpaceX rocket. That was awesome.

And that lunatic tightrope walker guy who walked from that building on wacker to marina city in Chicago on a tight rope was a few hundred feet out of my office window. Watched that thing live from damn near eye to eye level. What an absolute madman.
 

okeefe4prez

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Agreed. I’ve never been out of the country and neither has my 15 y.o., but he’s been around the block a bunch in the US. I try to do stuff with him anytime we can. He’s been to DC a couple times, all over the New England and Pennsylvania region, all 3 9/11 memorials, we’ve spent ten days in a tent above 6,000 ft in the Black Hills on two occasions, we rode an Amtrak from Omaha to Philly with a sleeper room a few years back. He’s been to a shitload of Hawk football, baseball, wrestling, and basketball games. A hundred other trips that I’m forgetting…

As an aside, a couple years ago when he took a friend to a Hawks game with us I really started to think. His buddy had never been anywhere cool in his life—no football game bigger than a shitty 2A high school Friday night—and when he walked into Kinnick for the first time I thought he was gonna shit himself. Totally speechless and he just stood there and stared at everything taking it all in. Mind blown. My own kid now walks around Melrose and Kinnick like it ain’t no thang, and I don’t know how I feel about that. I remember being blown away like my kid’s buddy the one time my dad took me to a Hawks game in ‘91, and to think that it’s old hat for my son is weird. We’re not wealthy by any stretch, but there’s definitely some privilege there that he’s not aware of. I actually talked to him about it because I think it’s important that he understands what he’s got.

Our kids (yours and mine, and others) are fucking spoiled, man. I never did any of that stuff with my old man or parents. Not even a little. I remember taking 2 vacations in my childhood life, one to Disneyland one summer, and one to the Grand Canyon. And I was damn glad to have ‘em. My folks couldn’t afford to do the shit I do with my kid and I don’t resent them for it a bit. But I want my own kid to know how many opportunities and experiences he’s had that most of his friends probably don’t ever get to do.

Lulz. Fucking same. We did two family vacations. Disneyworld (the one in Orlando?) and my dad got sent to a conference in Denver so we drove to Denver and went to some of the stuff around there, like Estes Park and Pikes Peak. That was it. But we did spend our summers with our cousins and my uncle in the Upper Peninsula near one of the nuke strike airbases from the Cold War. That was fun, but it wasn't a family vacation, it was just my parents foisting us off for summer. In defense of my parents, my brother and I were absolute little shits and I can't fathom trying to drive us around circa 1985 before the electronics revolution. And flying cost a metric fuckton back then.

My kid has a world map and a US map and he's marked where he's been. He wants to go to every state and every country. His school does a 7th grade trip to China for two fucking weeks and he's already talking about that because his class fund raising drive starts in second grade and he just finished kindergarten. I told him he's on his own because I ain't going.

He was disappointed they had to move their trip to Japan so he missed the family reunion up in Dodge because he has never been to Kentucky or Indiana and he was excited to drive through them. He was stoked to drive up there. I want him to understand just how enormous the US cornfield is. We'll make it sometime.
 

HawkGold

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My wife and I like to look and visit nature and natural settings. As someone said, Niagara Falls is just amazing, the power of water, the roar. We finally have been to a lot more national parks the last 15 years. Yellowstone, the Utah parks are just an amazing work of art by nature, the Grand Canyon, what a great piece of work. And Meteor Crater is is just out of this world. The Big Island is big in everything, volcanoes, lava flows pouring into the Pacific, lava tubes, huge greenery. One day on the Big Island we went for an early swim in the ocean, you drive through the lush vegetation down low, we drove up to a semi-arid reserve about 3000 feet up, then drove to 10,000 feet on Mauna Kea to the Telescope Visitor Center, great views and so many biomes in such a relatively short drive. We didnt go to the peak even though we rented a 4 wheel drive jeep because my wife was feeling the thin air at the Visitor Center.

We also like history and science museums. A really good one was the NASA Apollo 11 tour traveling exhibit we went to St Louis to see with kids and grandkids. So many great museums. I have been a rocket NASA outer space nut since Sputnik and I finally went to Cape Kennedy/Canaveral to visit there a couple of days and to watch the last launch of the Shuttle Discovery, AWESOME. I still do not know why I didnt twist my brothers arm to go to an Apollo launch. Great museums in Chicago and DC.

Taking the kids to Wrigley and Busch stadiums was always fun.
The Utah parks are fantastic. Camped at Grand Canyon last December. Lots of room. Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and Delaware are the states I haven't been to. Been in Canada from Yukon, BC going east through Quebec (not Nunavut). I'll have to check out the meteor crater, thx. Haven't been to a MLB game in awhile. Cards are much less stressful to see due to traffic. In and out not much trouble.
 

HawkGold

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Agreed. I’ve never been out of the country and neither has my 15 y.o., but he’s been around the block a bunch in the US. I try to do stuff with him anytime we can. He’s been to DC a couple times, all over the New England and Pennsylvania region, all 3 9/11 memorials, we’ve spent ten days in a tent above 6,000 ft in the Black Hills on two occasions, we rode an Amtrak from Omaha to Philly with a sleeper room a few years back. He’s been to a shitload of Hawk football, baseball, wrestling, and basketball games. A hundred other trips that I’m forgetting…

As an aside, a couple years ago when he took a friend to a Hawks game with us I really started to think. His buddy had never been anywhere cool in his life—no football game bigger than a shitty 2A high school Friday night—and when he walked into Kinnick for the first time I thought he was gonna shit himself. Totally speechless and he just stood there and stared at everything taking it all in. Mind blown. My own kid now walks around Melrose and Kinnick like it ain’t no thang, and I don’t know how I feel about that. I remember being blown away like my kid’s buddy the one time my dad took me to a Hawks game in ‘91, and to think that it’s old hat for my son is weird. We’re not wealthy by any stretch, but there’s definitely some privilege there that he’s not aware of. I actually talked to him about it because I think it’s important that he understands what he’s got.

Our kids (yours and mine, and others) are fucking spoiled, man. I never did any of that stuff with my old man or parents. Not even a little. I remember taking 2 vacations in my childhood life, one to Disneyland one summer, and one to the Grand Canyon. And I was damn glad to have ‘em. My folks couldn’t afford to do the shit I do with my kid and I don’t resent them for it a bit. But I want my own kid to know how many opportunities and experiences he’s had that most of his friends probably don’t ever get to do.
Everyone should go to a developing country one time. We didn't travel much as kids and until I went to Alaska hadn't been beyond Iowa, IL, and MO. We took a few vacations with my dad after my parents gave up on their relationship. Not divorced, but lived separate lives.
 

uihawk82

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Oh, that reminds me of one of the coolest thing I ever saw. We did a cruise out of port canaveral and our motel was right next to Kennedy. We saw them explode the SpaceX rocket. That was awesome.

And that lunatic tightrope walker guy who walked from that building on wacker to marina city in Chicago on a tight rope was a few hundred feet out of my office window. Watched that thing live from damn near eye to eye level. What an absolute madman.

That is just evil knievel stuff, get in a rocket car and try to jump a canyon, I think they are close to proving that super daredevils have something different going on in them.
 

Dadman

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Did a Germany France vaca about 14!years ago. French were kinda dicks, Germans much more hospitable. They know how to brew beer in Germany without a doubt. My wife and i went to a hofbrau house in Germany and partied with 3 old codgers who couldn’t speak english and we couldn’t speak any german beyond the basic courtesies, but we did have a good time!
 
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