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.
If there is one thing that annoys me about a hotel or vacation spot – it’s not having a connection to the outside world. Yes, I know what a lot of you are thinking: Murray Huberfeld wants to go on a vacation and still be interested in what’s going on in the regular world? The answer is a resounding YES! Not too long ago, Jennifer and I were at a wedding our friend made in a beautiful area in upstate New York. I had planned on doing a little eating, drinking, dancing, resting and relaxing along with some blogging and reading of the latest updates on my travel websites. However, when we checked in to the hotel, I asked the front desk what the availability was with high speed internet and the concierge told me there was absolutely none to be had. Now I don’t have one of those fancy cell phones that has all this access to data at your fingertips, so I was literally in the dark connection-wise.
In any event, some hotels like to bill themselves as a place where you can wind down and totally disconnect – and some people like that. But making a wedding in a place with no internet basically forces all those attending the reception to make the choice as well. That’s just unfair.
At some point in the 1980s Jennifer got it into her head that we should move to Florida. I think it was on a return trip from a really cold destination where we had gone on vacation during the winter. She turned to me and said “Murray Huberfeld, we are moving to Florida, pack your bags”. So, once we arrived home I booked us a trip to Florida and we set out to explore and find ourselves a new home. The kids were still in school at the time, so as many of you know, searching for a new neighborhood was not an easy task. Anyway, to make a long story short, we spent a few days in Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and in Miami, and we just couldn’t find something that fit into our vision of a new home. I spent that week trying (and begging) to convince Jennifer that moving to Florida wasn’t what we really wanted, and that she would hate the mild weather all year around. Anyway, after about two weeks in Florida with nothing really to show for it, we headed back home. I don’t really remember why, but as time went on, we decided not to move and to stay at home – even if it gets really cold in the winter.