VACATION REPORT: DAY 2 – RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

When you can’t fix it, you soldier on. Today, overcoming the series of blows that knocked out yesterday, we go forth to shop and take pictures of Cape Cod. If the Red Sox can survive last night’s defeat by Detroit, we can survive a cruddy tourist trap on Old Cape Cod.

The weather is with us, or it’s supposed to be. Hard to tell. Yesterday it was bright and beautiful early, but got dreary and chilly by early afternoon. Regardless, we’re out and about today.Until we get tired.

Ogunquit, September 2009

Ogunquit, September 2009

We’ve never had a bad vacation. Garry and I travel well together. We’ve been to awful hotels and had horrible airplane experiences.

Once, coming back from New Orleans, American cancelled our connecting flight (without so much as an explanation) and left us stranded in Atlanta.

On a flight from Israel to New York via London, British Airways left me sitting on my luggage (with all the other Israeli in-transit passengers) in Heathrow for 40 hours. It was supposed to be a 3-hour layover, but the plane broke down. BA had to bring a replacement from Italy. They didn’t even offer us cookies and tea. Or a comfortable lounge because we were merely coach passengers. It didn’t ruin my trip home, but I have never willingly flown British Airways again. I’m not quite that forgiving.

I remember when Garry and I were coming back from Florida and Delta left us sitting on the runway so long (in Philadelphia) one of the passengers went into a diabetic coma. We had to make an emergency landing in Baltimore, which was going backwards since we were in transit to Boston from Orlando.

Williamsburg 2012

Williamsburg 2012

Then there was my memorable flight between JFK and Logan, during which two out of four engines got taken out by lightning. I wasn’t sure I was going to ever see Garry again. Not to mention the poisonous mussels in Galway that left me unable to look at a mussel for the next ten years — that was our honeymoon. One vacation, I came down with German Measles but we just kept going because there wasn’t anything to be done about it anyhow.

We are, as I said, good travelers. We let bad stuff roll off and enjoy the rest. It’s hard to find anything good about this “resort,” but it will give me plenty of material for blogging mill and in the midst of a kind of grisly horror have been moments of insane hilarity. It would be silly to let it ruin our single annual week of vacation. We’d be the only losers.

Rockport, July 2010

Rockport, July 2010

Today, laden with cameras and optimism, we will sally forth to hunt for (1) a really comfortable pair of shoes for me and some great beauty shots of beach and cute Cape villages.

We’ll be back. Later, with photographs.

Gettysburg, 2012

Gettysburg, 2012



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14 replies

  1. That is great that no matter what – you still enjoy your trips. I would say that most of it is attitude & great company! πŸ™‚
    Love your travel pix that you shared here – especially the one captioned Rockport, July 2010.

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    • Thank you πŸ™‚ Which one? I’m having a lot of trouble getting Word Press to come up … can’t edit or publish anything this morning, so I’m counting on good old email!

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      • Sunshine Award! Funny you should say that about having trouble with WordPress: it is like that Damned Elusive Pimpernel here once more. xx

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        • I can’t edit or publish anything. Actually, I can barely get most of my site up … pictures are iffy. So I think I’ll shut down and go out and enjoy the sunshine. It’s definitely WP because other sites are working normally. Sigh. Thanks for the award and when I can actually get to my dashboard … Double sigh.

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  2. You’ve posted some beautiful photographs in this post Marilyn. I also noticed the lovely new header photo you’ve adopted. Since I’m basically a loner I’ve learned to enjoy my vacations in spectacular places. You realize I go for the photo opportunities. My favorite trip was to Monument Valley in Utah. It’s actually the homeland of the Navajo people. I guess that’s why it hasn’t been messed up by mankind. My least favorite visit was the Grand Canyon. That was because of the 100,000 rude & crude foreign tourists that I wished would all disappear.

    Now in retirement and poor I still enjoy trips to see the wonderful landscapes all around me in the Pacific Northwest. Within a 75 mile circle I have every type of topography you could name. And the beautiful part is the lack of people Monday-Friday. πŸ™‚

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    • This IS a beauty spot\. The resort sucks, but the Capes has gorgeous beaches, lighthouses, dunes and the loveliest classic little villages in the country. If I don’t get up and do something today, I’ll grow roots and become a tree. Time to have some coffee and get moving!

      Are you having problems with WordPress? Websites aren’t coming up completely — or at all. They seem to be having server problems.

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      • I have noticed but I’ at a McDonald’s.

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        • Parts of websites come up, but a lot of the pictures don’t. Sometimes they come up scrambled. It may be affecting some regions more than others. The graphics servers seem to be the most affected. I couldn’t get onto your site, either … it was scrambled. Last night, all my English friends came up with blanks for pictures. I think WP is having a problem. Maybe a big one.

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  3. Gorgeous photos – and some hilarious moments from past holidays! Obviously not so funny at the time – but the catalogue of disasters, told in so matter-of-fact a voice, has me laughing and wincing in sympathy at one and the same time! Enjoy your day! xx

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    • If you travel enough, sooner or later, everything that can happen will happen. Even when you are fully entitled to a full mental breakdown, you really can’t … or you’ll find yourself trapped for eternity in Atlanta …. a fate too cruel to contemplate πŸ™‚

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