Vacation Memories by Tara Randel

This is the time of year when families are headed off on a grand adventure. School is out, the weather is great and once you gas up the car, it’s time to hit the road. Since so many of our friends are visiting new destinations or making pilgrimages to favorite locations, I started to think about the vacations that stand out in my mind.

When I was a kid, we loaded up the station wagon—yes, I’m showing my age here—and traveled to places like, Cape Cod. Washington D.C. The East Coast beaches. My parents would rent a camper or a cottage and we would explore these special areas. I have to say, my folks weren’t the least bit daunted by heading out to a new vacation spot with three kids. I really appreciate their adventurous spirits because my brothers and I still reminisce over the a many road trips we made.

Like the time we rented a pop-up camper. My dad’s hand somehow slipped out of the canvas siding and he woke to feel a dog licking his hand. It was the last time went camping. Or when we stayed with friends in Georgetown who lived right next to a huge old cemetery. My brothers and I squeezed through the iron gates after dark and scared ourselves silly. But we also laughed so hard we cried. There wasn’t anything we weren’t willing to try as long as we were together.


When my daughters were growing up, we went to north Georgia, Daytona Beach or, the good old Florida standby, Orlando. No matter where we would land, we had lots of fun and made wonderful memories we look back on fondly today.

Like the deer we glimpsed in the woods as we walked down the hill to the small Georgia town from our cabin. Teaching the girls how to skip rocks in the river. Sitting around the campfire telling stories. Our many trips to Disney World. I’d do it all over in a heartbeat.


Do you have plans to make vacation memories this summer? I’d love to know what exciting places are on your vacation list. As for my husband and me…we might drive up the coast here in Florida and see where we end up. It’s all about the journey, don’t you agree?

Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, THE LAWMAN’S SECRET VOW, available August 2018. Visit Tara at Like her on Facebook at Sign up for Tara’s Newsletter and receive a link to download a free digital book.

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