...or should I say, "family vacation"...
Every year without fail, I never use up all of my vacation days. After I take next week off, 2013 will actually be the closest I've gotten to exhausting the full allotment maybe ever, but in a "use or lose" situation, I'm an annual loser.
So I want to plan a good family vacation for 2014. We did some long weekend getaways this past year, but with the move to Florida taking place right in the middle of summer (and the fact that doing so shaved almost 3 weeks off Lilly's summer - school ends later in PA and starts earlier in FL), we really didn't put in a solid vacation like in prior years.
Of course, I'd also like to go somewhere where I can do some fishing. Now I'm not talking like "go on a 5 day vacation only to disappear for 3 of them and abandon the family," that's not the point. This is a family vacation first and foremost, and I want to spend time with them. Plus, I usually go on a separate solo trip to get my 3ish day, wife-free, kid-free, no-shower, stank nasty, fishing bender in.
I'm more so thinking "go on a 5 day vacation and steal a day of fishing, or a long morning or afternoon, or heck, if there is water near our accommodations, pop over during "down time" for a few hours on multiple days"...as there's always that downtime on vacations...and I'd rather fish than nap. Although I really like naps.
As a family, we've done the Florida Keys & Central New York State with great success, but it's time to change things up. Perhaps heading West is an option? Beats me. As long as it fits the criteria above, and there is ample non-fishing entertainment for KC & Lilly for that one day I'm AWOL, I'm game. Oh, and they don't like to "rough it" so no sleeping on the ground in tents...heck, no cabins without air conditioning...none of that stuff. Your cry for yurts will fall on deaf ears. We're talking hotel with pool. I know I have readers across the country that probably have some ideas, possibly even based on personal experience.
So I defer to my wise and generous readers, do you have any destination suggestions?
I'd welcome any and all in the comments below...
One Griswold to another.