Vacationing with Grandkids

Several years after vacationing with our first grandchild, I've taken four more trips with grandsons and granddaughters! I have linked them below so you can read about their adventures as well. All five have given me new experiences, kept me young and helped me become a travel blogger for seniors, solo wanderers and intergenerational activities. 

Middle of the sizzling summertime and I’m planning a winter vacation to NYC!  We committed to taking each of our five grandchildren on a trip of their choosing and now it’s our second granddaughter's turn.  At twelve, my Flower is the perfect age to research and explore what she wants to see and do. It actually feels good to think about ice skating at Rockefeller Center right now! 

After climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge several years ago, I wanted to share the experience with my Sunshine girl, the oldest grandchild. When the time came, she sweetly asked, “instead of Australia, is it okay if we go to Alaska instead?”  
As an animal lover living on the beach in Southern California, she was curious about this harsh, snowy environment and totally smitten with Alaskan Huskies. One of the states we’d never visited, it's full of history and a great place for a “doing” adventure! Top of the list was dog sledding. It felt like a magic carpet hovering above the snow and whisking us through the silent, white meadows again and again!  Not only did she mush, she was able to harness the dogs prior to our rides. Early April is still very wintertime in Alaska. We spent other days hiking mountain trails, cruising the Gulf of Alaska and touring behind-the-scenes at the SeaLife Center.


So...New York City during the holidays, or maybe her fall break from school. We’re definitely planning on The Lion King, Lady Liberty, FAO Schwarz, and of course, the ice rink!  The 9/11 Memorial is important too, she was born the day after. We love the idea of seeing the holiday-themed streets, parks and store window as only this city can do. My little fashionista, she’ll LOVE the shopping! And luckily, not only does she enjoy a good meal, but readily tries new foods! 








The younger ones couldn’t wait for their turn...that perfect 10-12 age range when they’re responsible but still accept hugs and grandma’s hand if necessary. 
My third trip was a dude ranch in Montana complete with cowboy boots and long hours in the saddle with my oldest grandson. The following year, his younger brother was up and he wanted to sleep on a train or in a treehouse. 
Grandma was growing older too and saving money to make sure the last little one got her chance. She favored swimming, sailing, sand dunes, horses and tea parties! Yes...we made it happen!  
 I wanted them to choose what captured their imagination and curiosity.  Something to savor time with me as well as embrace the joys of travel. 

8 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Special times for each grand baby while you are also enjoying a great trip. Seeing things through the eyes of a loved child has got to be the ultimate:) I just may steal this idea for my own grand kids:)
    Thanks for dropping by and just returning the visit and am glad I did.
    Now following:)

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  2. Thank you, Evelyn! As you can tell, this is a work in progress! I just figured out how to see and respond to comments! Nice to know others enjoy my writings.....and that we have connections as grandmas as well as writers! :)

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  3. How fortunate for your grandchildren. What better gift could there be. As writers, I think we all go through the ...phase.

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    1. Thanks Pat....you're too kind! The 'dot' phase is embarrassing...but kinda of how I talk with hardly a pause! Ha I know our trips mean a lot to the kids :)

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  4. So sweet! I'm taking my granddaughter to Disney in the fall for the first time and I'm beyond excited!

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    1. Oh wow! That's a big deal....not sure I could pull it off alone now. I worried about losing mine in NYC! Have an awesome time...you'll be making lifelong memories for her!

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  5. I admit to having all the desire to travel, and none of the necessary funds to do it. You are a blessed woman to get to share these adventures with your grands!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! You will have the chance someday I hope! I love doing things 1-1 with each kid...they feel special and I feel young!

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