Summer Vacations

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-10-03 16:59:42 -0500
Started 2012-08-07 15:54:18 -0500

I have not taken a summer vacation for a while now, so I would like to live vicariously through yours. LOL

What kind of things do you do on vacation? Where are some of your favorite haunts? How do you manage your diabetes while you are away from home?

30 replies

margokittycat 2012-08-21 18:24:54 -0500 Report

Gabby I wish I could help you with that one. I am in the same boat as you. I have not had a Vacation since 2003. I was not even able to go on a honeymoon in 2009 when I got married. Wish I could help. The last vaction I took was a 4 day cruise that went to Key West, Cancun and then through the Brumita Triangle and back. We dock and stayed in South Beach Flordia for 2 days and did a lot of boating, walking on the beaches and shopping. That was fun. I really need a vacation.

GabbyPA 2012-08-21 20:33:20 -0500 Report

That is why I keep a journal of my vacations with pictures, sketches and everything. Then when I am really missing them, I just crack open one of my tattered books crammed with memories. They are great. I used to have people at work ask to read my journals when I returned and that was weird to me, but they enjoyed my vacations almost as much as I did.

draco59 2012-08-18 15:14:56 -0500 Report

At the end of summer we go and visit, my dad (lost mom in 06) and go to the Night NASCAR at Bristol Tenn. But this year no summer vacation, Going to dad's over Thanksgiving week. In 08 we went to Kauai…

DeanaG 2012-08-18 15:04:45 -0500 Report

This summer my husband and I spent a week in Nashville and Memphis. We toured the Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home), several Civil War battlefields, The Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame, the honky tonks on Broadway and of course Graceland!!!
Just got back from 1 day at the beach in Malibu and 2 days and nights at Disneyland with 2 of our grand kids.
As far as my D goes it was much easier in Tennessee to stay on track as a lot of the restaurants had low carb menu selections. Trying to stay on track at Disneyland was tough, but I managed. ;-)

Dev 2012-08-14 13:00:02 -0500 Report

I don't take summer vacations because that is the busiest time of the year for me but this summer my parents visited for 2 months so we did some touristy things and took a short trip to Naigara.

The one day visits were - tour of USS Constitution, Falmouth on the cape - must try the wonderful tea house there - British style tea service with scones and jam,

It was more stressful than what I would think of a vacation because I was engrossed in making sure everybody's food and health needs were taken care of. but it was still good to spend time with family.

As for the managing of diabtes, for the day trips we ate well before we left and carried lunch, and snacks so that we didn't spend time finding the right food for all. For the Niagara trip we found an Indian buffet that catered to everybody's needs - vegetarians, diabetics, and other dietary constraints of my parents.

But overall food is the most stressful part of vacations for me so I prefer one day outings where I can carry stuff of my own. Or stay in Hostelling International hostels where I can cook and eat if there are not many options around. I generally get lentil soup, and assortment of frozen veggies the first day so that I can at least steam with salt and pepper and add it to whatever else I am eating to balance that meal.

Previously we have also opted for paying guest kind of accommodations than hotels so that we are freer to cook quick something. It works really well. we use airbnb site for this.

GabbyPA 2012-08-16 10:49:07 -0500 Report

Yeah, vacation dining can be very hard. I find if I stick to protein and veggies, I can do pretty well.

I have not seen Niagara for years now. I love it there though. What a place of incredible power and majesty. It roars and you would think it would run out of water...but it hasn't yet.

CaliKo 2012-08-13 17:36:48 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, I'm on vacation now. Unfortunately, I got a bad head cold or virus or something that is making me pretty miserable. Enjoyed the first few days. We flew to Philadelphia and have been taking in the historic sights, but really choose this area to visit my niece, whose husband is stationed at McGuire AF Base. We went to the Jersey beach with them yesterday. Hope you get to take a trip soon.

GabbyPA 2012-08-16 10:46:27 -0500 Report

Oh, it stinks to be sick on vacation. At least you get to be with family and maybe get taken care of a little??

I don't know about a big trip, but I might do something little around the state or something in the fall. Too hot now to do any camping.

MAYS 2012-08-13 18:00:00 -0500 Report

I am sorry that you are not enjoying your vacation as well as you should be, I hope that my home state of New Jersey has been good too you!
Try to enjoy your vacation.

CaliKo 2012-08-14 07:22:56 -0500 Report

Hi Mays, Your home state is lovely! My niece enjoys the produce from all the vegetable and fruit stands near the base, which we also got to enjoy when we had dinner with her family. The countryside is lovely with all the wooded areas, and the beach was fun, although crowded with summer visitors. And the cooler weather was such a lovely break from the Dallas furnace we came from. I feel better this morning, thank you, but we return home today. We did get to see most of the things on our list, the Franklin Institute with the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, a tour of the U.S. Mint, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, lunch at City Tavern. And of course, visiting with my niece and her family. Take care!

Lizardfan 2012-08-09 15:28:59 -0500 Report

This has been the summer of reunions at our house! First a class reunion, next a family reunion, and in a few weeks a community reunion! Whew! I want to go to Tennessee in the fall for a historic homes tour that loops about 90 miles starting in Nashville. We love that sort of thing and the fall colors are so pretty in the mountains.

We stay on top of diabetes by testing as always, eating light breakfast and lunches. Making sure we have our snacks and water at all times and splurge on dinner while still making good choices.Lots of walking is always a part of those tours and shopping etc. rounds it out.

Dev 2012-08-14 13:03:55 -0500 Report

wow! I would like to something like that. I love guided tours of historic homes and not just mansions. We went to Newport in winter when some of the current residents had opened up their homes to show how they had revived, restored the old houses.

Where can I find information about this Nashville tour?

GabbyPA 2012-08-09 15:44:09 -0500 Report

Reunions are always fun. To have so many must be a "caught up on everyone" moment. Whew! I have not heard of a historic tour like that. How neat! Do you go as a group or individually? I love historic districts in towns and doing something like that sounds like a lot of fun.

I find on vacation, my numbers do very well. Mostly because I am out and about all day, unlike when I am home at work. Walking is a great way to keep those numbers good on vacation. I would love to see some photos of the historic places you visit.

Lizardfan 2012-08-09 17:31:43 -0500 Report

We go by ourselves always. Our last famous place was Monticello! That was so interesting.

GabbyPA 2012-08-10 18:48:16 -0500 Report

I was there as a kid and was fascinated by it. I know I would appreciate it in a whole different way now as a home designer and an adult.

RAYT721 2012-08-08 21:08:00 -0500 Report

I'm sorry… what's a vacation? I have been out of paid time off from work for several months and when I have been able to take time it's for surgeries or doctor appointments. My summer vacation photos are of the various Cleveland area hospitals. Would you like to see the photos???

My Spring vacation was spent in a dentist's chair getting my teeth ripped out (literally) by the roots and I'm now a part of the elderly toothless club… and I'm only 53… um… 54!

The closest that I have been to the wilderness is chasing frogs on my patio. (Oh, heck no, let's NOT go there!)

GabbyPA 2012-08-09 15:40:06 -0500 Report

Well, lets see. You have to pay for room and board and the sights are just white coats and stethoscopes. That is a bummer. And I know how much you love the frog round up. Do they make a ranch for that?

jayabee52 2012-08-07 22:53:16 -0500 Report

Unfortunately my "vacation" plans to accompany Suzy to Orlando for her National Scrabble Championship won't happen. My Kidney Function has fallen to 12% and Dr thinks it is not a good idea to do a lot of travelling. (falling to 10% means I must undergo dialysis again), so Suzy will be giving up her Championship games so I can just fly to Milwaukee and be with her instead. Planning to establish with a Dr and Kidney Specialist there so I can undergo dialysis when I absolutely need it.

It is a bit of a Bummer, but at least I have a lady who is willing to give up something she really wanted to do so that she could support me in my time of need. It is wonderful we have each other's backs in that way.

GabbyPA 2012-08-09 15:37:42 -0500 Report

Oh James, I am so sorry to hear about this. That was a huge thing for her and for you...and I won't get to meet you after all. I hope that you will find a great doctor in WI and you and Suzy can play scrabble all you want.

Lizardfan 2012-08-09 15:30:49 -0500 Report

So sorry to hear this Jay, you have indeed found someone special to cherish. Hoping your kidney function improves.

MAYS 2012-08-07 23:09:44 -0500 Report

Keep her close to your heart, it's a blessing to find someone who cares about you a little more than you may care about yourself in life!

jayabee52 2012-08-07 23:20:33 -0500 Report

thanks Mays I will do that! I have been so blessed in that way with the last couple of ladies I have taken up with. Both "Jem" and "SuzyQ" were/are real sweethearts.

JSJB 2012-08-08 03:49:34 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear of your problem. You beat it before you can do it again. You have a great lady, cherish her. My prayers are for you.

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