A family friend of ours named Marcus is a huge fishing fanatic. A couple of years ago, he dragged me along for a weekend of fishing in Salmon, Idaho. Apparently, for all big fishing folks like Mark, Salmon, ID is a major spot for fishing and he’s constantly checking the fishing reports for weeks before he goes. In Mark’s opinion, Salmon is full of big fish just chomping at the bit and just waiting to be yanked out of the water. I am not such a great fisherman, and I don’t have close to the same expertise as my buddy Mark does, but he was kind enough to set me up with the right equipment and show me the ropes. We started our day bright and early and it took over an hour just to get all of our gear together. For those of our readers who don’t fish very often, you should realize that fishing is a lot more work then you might think. When Mark goes on a fishing expedition, he packs enough gear for a boatload of fishermen to be at sea for a month. In any event, I did really enjoy myself. Fishing is a wonderful way to relax and unwind – and I even caught a fish or two before we left to head back home.
Have you ever had a flat tire on the the way to something really important? It’s very annoying, and Murray Huberfeld can tell you from first-hand experience that a flat tire on vacation is no fun. There was this time in Florida where we had rented a car from a very famous national car rental chain and we got a flat just as our trip got off to a start. When I rent a car, I really never go for fancy. I always look for cars that are reliable, and have lots of space in the trunk – because we Huberfelds do not pack light. Anyhow, we brought the car to the hotel and proceeded to pack what we needed for a day of activities. In short order, we were on the way to a theme park. Along the route, there was a bump and then another bump and another one. We pulled over and you know the rest – the tire was done. Thankfully, there was a spare in the back and our automobile membership was valid even out of state. It took an hour or two and a lot of effort, but we were soon on our way – uninterrupted. Luckily, the rest of the trip was uneventful.
Over the weekend, at the annual “Murray Huberfeld Memorial Day Barbecue” a friend of mine reminded me about a trip that our families took some time ago. It wasn’t a very pleasant experience for me, but I’m going to share it anyway.
Jennifer and I had decided to accompany some friends on a visit to Martha’s Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. For those readers who are unfamiliar with Martha’s Vineyard, I’ll give just a little bit of background. The Vineyard is a very desirable vacation spot – especially in the summer months. The population swells and the beaches fill up very quickly once the weather warms up in the northeast part of the country. Now, someone (not me) decided that the best way from Falmouth, Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard was by ferry. It was thereupon decided that our group would meet at the ferry on Cape Cod the next morning. From there, we would proceed to Martha’s Vineyard where we would spend the rest of the day.
In any event, we were up pretty late that night eating and drinking until the wee hours of the morning. I had barely gotten to sleep when Jennifer woke me up and rushed me to the boat. Right at the start I wasn’t feeling that well, and by the time the boat started moving I was leaning over the railing – and it wasn’t a very pretty sight.
On a good day, my sea legs are kind of wobbly so if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take things very easily if you know there is a boat ride in your vacation plans.
The Battle of the Alamo has fascinated me for ages. As many of our regular readers know, Murray Huberfeld is quite the history buff so it was only a matter of time before we headed for San Antonio, Texas.
I was really excited about this trip and we (or at least I) planned to spend the whole day seeing the sights and reliving the history. However, someone (I won’t mention names on this blog) forgot to throw enough food into the cooler, so by the time lunch rolled around – we were fresh out of food. Not only was this a huge catastrophe because we were starving (and I wasn’t planning on leaving just yet), but I had specifically instructed a certain member of the Huberfeld family to make sure there was enough food in the cooler for a full day trip. In any event, we spent a few hours touring and headed home much earlier than I had originally anticipated.
After all this was said and done, I made it very clear that I would be packing the food for all future trips. Now, before every vacation while I am packing the cooler and someone inevitability tries to “help out” I really mean it when I tell everyone to “remember the Alamo”.
Normally, if you ask Murray Huberfeld for travel advice, you be told to avoid all the standard tourist traps. The lines are just too long and the prices are usually too high. However, there are always exceptions to every rule – especially if it is something you’ve always wanted to do. On one of our trips to New York City, the kids decided they wanted to go on a helicopter tour. Now, I usually like to keep my feet on the ground when visiting a destination we’ve chosen, but all of you who have kids know just how persuasive they can be.
Anyway, before I knew it we were booking tickets for a tour with one of New York City’s many helicopter operators. Truth be told, I was kind of nervous. I am used to traveling by air in an airplane, where you barely feel any movement at all. The shaking and whirring of a helicopter is not very calming or soothing for one who is shaking to begin with (I should mention that I had about three cups of coffee before we left and the caffeine wasn’t helping with my nerves at all). In any case, the kids and Jennifer had a wonderful time and talked about the helicopter ride for the rest of the New York trip. My favorite part was looking at the pictures when we were back on solid ground.
About seven years ago (almost to the day), Jennifer and I took our first trip to Fresno, California. As many of our long time readers know, Murray Huberfeld likes to take vacations that have destinations we can visit that appeal to my interests while keeping everyone else happy. Just to rehash for our new readers, I love animals, art, music and nature. Fortunately, I did quite well in Fresno.
The good thing about Fresno is the ease of getting around. Although public transportation in Fresno is nothing to sneeze at, we rented a car and had no trouble getting around when we needed to and there was more than enough parking.
We took in the various attractions and spent sometime in downtown Fresno, but the highlight of the trip and the most pictures we have are from the time we spent visiting the main attractions of our trip. Among the best places we went were The Fresno Philharmonic, Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Woodward Regional Park. Just between these three stops of our trip, we must have about 300-400 photographs.
The best part of the vacation and the really good thing about Fresno, is the diversity of the city and the attractions. If you have a family with different interests and are looking for a budget-friendly vacation, I would recommend you give Fresno a look.
People who have spent time with me know that Murray Huberfeld is a major astronomy fan. Now, I’m not a physicist or planetary scientist, but more of an amateur astronomer. I’m not sure why, but all things regarding space, planets, stars and astronomy have fascinated me since I was a small child.
It took a while, but I convinced Jennifer to let me take the family to Meteor Crater in Coconino County, Arizona. For all those unfamiliar with the site, Meteor Crater is a meteor impact site in the desert of Arizona. Yes, visiting a tourist attraction in the Arizona desert gets kind of uncomfortable and there was no shortage of complaining from the Huberfeld children about the weather and how this vacation was a big mistake. However, a little planning in this case goes a long way. I brought enough food and drink to feed the entire tour, so it took a while, but things did eventually calm down. That being said, I really enjoyed the viewing from the observation decks – and so did Jennifer and the children.
If you’re looking for an outdoor vacation that is both fascinating and educational at the same time, Meteor Crater is worth a visit.