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This week we are going to explore your favorite vacations, whether they are just in the planning or happened years ago. Vacations can take place any where in the world at any time, but in my childhood at least, most of them happened in the summer. In retirement in a place like Prescott, AZ, almost every day is a vacation.

Inside Zombie Van
a Zombie Van at a Prescott Car Show ready to go on vacay.

Someone once said, if nothing bad happens on a vacation, you won’t remember it. Is that true in your life, or do you remember the good ones? I remember the ones where I take pictures. If I forget to pull out my camera, the vacation blurs into all the other great moments of life. And sometimes they blur on the digital camera, too. 🙂

Accidental Vacation Oregon Dunes ATV
Also submitted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – trails My vision blurred as this guy blazed by me.

What about when people come to see you? I count that as a vacation. We stop everything and play – do what our company would most enjoy and we enjoy it too.

Sedona 10,000 steps

Do vacations have to be with other people? I took a vacation once in our trailer to do NanNoWriMo and start my book. It was odd having my time completely to myself to write, take walks, stay up late or sleep in the middle of the day. I got my 50,000 words written and I was ready to go home! 🙂

Marsha at Avila Beach 2013
Selfie

Vacation Quotes

Tell us about your vacation. Here are some quotes to prime your pump. Here is a link to 99 more wonderful quotes. To qualify for the list of participants, feel free to find your quote anywhere.

 “No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell.”

 Jewish Proverb

 “Travelling unveils new dimensions of this world not known to the naked eye.” 

― Wayne Chirisa

 “Vacation is that time when you wish you had something to do while doing nothing.”

Frank Tyger

“When you go on vacation with people, you learn a lot about them.”

Sarah Mlynowski

“A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” 

– Morris Fishbein

“Vacations mean a change of pace, a gentleness with ourselves, a time of rest and renewal, and a time to stretch ourselves and encounter new people, new lands, new ways, and new options.” 

– Anne Wilson Schaef

Honoring Those Who Build the Community of Quoters

Also linked to Natalie the Explorer’s Coffee Share #25 and Sunday Stills: The Great Outdoors.

Now It’s Your Turn

Or dream up a new way to use quotes. Post it on your blog and link to this post, not my page. Leave me a comment to make sure I see it. I hate missing posts!

Have a great week. Have a great vacation. 🙂


83 responses to “#WQWWC # 30: Vacation”

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  5. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com Avatar

    Wow, look at all the comments about this post and quotes and vacations!! I created an illustration on an index card for #icad (Index Card a Day) using the word vacation and the following quote:
    “Don’t wait for a vacation to enjoy life. Start to enjoy it now, today, wherever you are.” ~ Debasish Mridha

    That Zombie van is kind of quaint. I would love to rent an RV with perhaps a few more comforts of home for a weekend getaway.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I like your quote. That’s what I do most of the time. We haven’t made any plans because we’re too busy having fun.🤗🤗🤗

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  8. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Very clever of you to link back to SS since our themes were thisclose! You smarty, you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I missed doing it, but I was so busy. I’m mostly ready for the week now, but we have a very busy week with traveling back and forth to Scottsdale. We got the last big piece for necessary furniture yesterday. YAY!

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  9. Suzanne@PictureRetirement Avatar

    Marsha, my favorite ‘vacation’ was a cruise to the South Pacific some years back. All of the islands we visited were beautiful, but our experiences at Bora Bora and the incomparable beauty of Fanning Island made this trip a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I don’t think I have ever felt so free, so alive and so at peace with my surroundings as I did in those waters. It is the kind of place that leaves you breathless and smiling with deep satisfaction at the end of the day.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, you have my blood turning green with envy. What a glorious vacation. When I was a child, this was one of my parents’ favorite LPs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwYvWF5j0a8&t=51s

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      1. Suzanne@PictureRetirement Avatar

        Yep, that just about sums it up!

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  11. Sadje Avatar

    Hi Marsha, here’s my post;

    WQWWC # 30: Vacation


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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for sharing. It is a fabulous photo. 🙂

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  13. Susanne Avatar

    We normally go to a favourite place in Italy every year, and my favourite holiday memory there is from 2016 when we took my parents there as a gift from us to celebrate their 70th birthdays. I was very busy during that trip to organise good day trips and find a good restaurant to eat on my mother’s birthday. These Italy trips when we have other people with us are always quite exhausting because I have to be ready all the time as translator, interpreter, organiser, project leader of sorts, because I’m the only one of us who speaks Italian. But they’re still very enjoyable trips and I love the area and the people there. That particular trip was lovely because we could show my parents all these places that we love, and they still talk about it and think about it!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are so kind to perform all those functions to give your parents the time of their lives. My first husband and I went to Italy when our friends were stationed in Brindisi. They had learned Italian, and made such great tour guides. They planned the entire vacation first to Greece because my husband wanted to see that, and we took a ferry across there and then a bus into Athens. Then we came back to our friends and went to Venice, Florence and Rome – a trip of a lifetime! Thanks for sharing your story, Susanne. 🙂

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  14. Natalie Avatar

    Great quotes, Marsha. Whether it’s a vacation or a staycation, I love exploring (hence my blog name, lol). Looks like you’ll have a lot of fun exploring your new home town and its surroundings. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We have not seen even a small percentage of all there is here to see and do.

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  16. Debbie Avatar

    These are all great quotes Marsha and my family’s has been the Danish saying – To travel is to live. We might not be able to leave Australia at the moment but we can still travel around our own country, unless state borders are closed that is! Another fabulous post 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Deb. There are so many places to see in Australia, as there are here.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Me, too!

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  18. Cee Neuner Avatar

    This is a different post for me this week. I hope you like it.
    https://ceenphotography.com/2021/06/24/wqwwc-30-vacation/

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  19. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    These are lovely pictures, Marsha. Vacation, what a lovely word.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      A word you don’t say enough, I’m sure! It is a lovely word.

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      1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

        No, not right now, but one day, Marsha, I shall retire and then there will be more time for vacations.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I understand. You have to work hard right now. Your time will come soon and be well-deserved.

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  20. Norah Avatar

    Any holiday memories that come immediately to mind are good ones. That’s good. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s very good. How are you. I think we have both gotten busy, but I was thinking about you this morning. Would you be interested in writing a short story for Story Chat? You tell such fabulous stories and you have a ton of 99 word stories just waiting to be expanded. 🙂

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      1. Norah Avatar

        Thank you for your invitation, Marsha. I’d be honoured to write a story for Story Chat. I’d feel a bit of a charlatan though, as I don’t often get over to read. Things are pretty hectic for me at the moment, so I’ll decline for the next couple of months while I get a big job out of the way. If the invitation is still open after that, perhaps we can chat then.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sounds good, Norah. You are never a charlatan. We are all busy with many things. The invitation will be open. I don’t get around to all the blogs I want to visit either. It is just part of life. 🙂

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          1. Norah Avatar

            Thanks for your understanding, Marsha.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Of course. I owe you a world of understanding for beta reading my book than has never gone anywhere. You are the most understanding person in the world.

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          3. Norah Avatar

            I’m not sure that it’s possible to live up to that compliment but I appreciate your kindness.
            I enjoyed reading your book and would love to see it published one day. I often think about your girls and what happened to them.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            They lived happily ever after, of course! 🤪🤗🤗

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          5. Norah Avatar

            Pleased to hear it. Now I need to read it. 😉😊

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            LOL. Now I need to rewrite it again. You wouldn’t want to partner with me, would you?

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          7. Norah Avatar

            Why not?

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Seriously? That would be so much fun!

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  21. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Vacation… can a retired person have a vacation? Next month we are headed for Colorado for a week in a rented flat. Yes, it’s still a vacation. >grin<

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL, John. Terri Webster Schrandt and I were just discussing that. I don’t think we are going anywhere this summer because this is our first summer here, and we are still on vacation here. 🙂 Have a wonderful time in CO. Where are you headed in CO? We used to live in Colorado Springs and loved it. There are so many places to visit in CO.

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      1. photobyjohnbo Avatar

        We are meeting a friend from Buckeye in Durango, staying for a week to check out the beauty of the mountains and to ride the Durango-Silverton train.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I think that is south of Colorado Springs. I’ve been down as far as Pueblo and we crossed the Royal Gorge Bridge, 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs. https://royalgorgebridge.com/

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          1. photobyjohnbo Avatar

            It is also west of Colorado Springs a good bit. I’ve never been there, so I only know what I see on Google Maps. >grin<

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            So we will see pictures in the future. 🙂

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  22. Kirstin Avatar

    This was great Marsha! I loved your photos to go along with it. Love taking vacations.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They are a joy, aren’t they? It’s fun hearing about other people’s travels as well. I’ve been to places through blogging that I’ll never get to in real life. And I’ve been to places I would never have been were it not for blogging. 🙂

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  23. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Yes, life is a permanent vacation now we’re both retired. It’s great.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Amen to that, my friend. I can’t wait until we can enjoy another vacation together.

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        All I can say is don’t hold your breath! 🙂 It’s not going to be for a while.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          My lungs aren’t that great. I’ll wait with baited breath, but I’ll still breathe. LOL Meanwhile I like keeping up with your local travels and baby pics. 🙂

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  24. Elizabeth Avatar

    Beautiful photos and quotes! I’m here only planning…
    Here is my link:
    https://teandpaper.ca/2021/06/23/wqwwc-vacation/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Planning makes it happen.

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  26. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    I feel like I’m on vacation all the time these days–oh yeah, what’s that word—retirement? Woohoo! I love that you hid in your RV to work on your writing, Marsha! Hans is driving to Sacramento tomorrow morning for perhaps a week to pick up a load of stuff from our storage unit and windsurf at the delta for a couple of days. I am planning to work on both of my books–updating my Blogging With Photography book and edit/rewrite my fitness book. It will be like a writer’s retreat! Once again, our themes are compatible, as I am posting about the great outdoors, where most of my vacations take place.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We are on such similar paths. I love it. Our place in Scottsdale is almost ready for business. We bought a high quality bed and found some bedroom furniture. Probably by July 1st we will be all set! Yay! Can’t wait to see you again. This winter would be perfect!

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Congratulations on the fast work on your place!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s a whirlwind. Today we pick up the furniture we picked out along with a few more items on the items checklist. Vince is making another trip down tomorrow with a load of stuff. It’s taking shape. 🙂

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  27. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Great post and quotes, Marsha. I agree that travel (be it solo or in a group) ALWAYS gives a story to tell. I’m delighted that travel is finally opening up again!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, me too! I love to travel, but since we’ve moved to Prescott, we feel like we are on vacation.

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  28. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Great vacation photos. I noticed you snuck in some ground and sand photos too! 😀 😀 Bravo!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You bet!

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  29. Gary A Wilson Avatar

    Okay – I have one that I think would be a fun read for everyone. For our 10 wedding anniversary, my wife and I did something we wanted to do before having kids. We did a miniature grand tour of Europe. The story of this trip accidentally became memorable but I’m going to hold the quote to the end of the story so I don’t blow the surprise. I think you’ll find this 10 minute read fun and important enough that you’ll be glad you read it. It tells the story of how we accidentally became part of one of the most important events in modern history.

    An Unforgettable 10th Anniversary

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Such a great story, Gary. I can’t imagine being in THAT right place at THAT right time! WOW!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s an amazing story told in poetry, Lady Lee. Thanks for being a regular Writer’s Quoter. 🙂

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  30. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Of, course, Sadje. 🙂 Thank YOU!

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        It’s a pleasure

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  31. Jim Borden Avatar

    we’ve been blessed with many wonderful vacations, so it’s hard to pick out a favorite. And how nice for you to live somewhere that it is like vacation every day; we hope to find a similar place when we retire. and I need to start taking more photos on vacation!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes because otherwise how will you decide which on you like the best?

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        that’s part of the fun I guess… 🙂

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