Monday, June 7, 2010

Honeymoon Memories

First Monday of every month at Chrysalis
Sixteen years ago next month, my brand new husband and I set off on our honeymoon with a beat up Oldsmobile and limited funds. Our destination was Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, where we would be staying at a beautiful lodge in the woods. In what would be a preview into future family trips, we ran into massive road construction, the car overheated, we got lost and we laughed like maniacs at the entire fiasco! Upon entering the park, we paid for our entrance fee and made our way on Skyline Drive to the lodge. Our accommodations were gorgeous, and well worth the trials it took to get there.
We spent hours driving around enjoying the wildlife, hiking to see various waterfalls and rock formations and visiting historical spots around the park. The two of us had so much fun simply being together!
The honeymoon memories we keep coming back to, however, is the food. You see, when we paid our entrance fee, we naively paid for a one-way ticket, not a one week pass, which would have allowed us to come and go from the park as we pleased. We were stuck. The lodge had a restaurant, but after the first morning, the stark realization that our coffers would not hold out long against $15.00 blueberry pancakes, caused a bit of consternation. There were precious few other options. Fortunately, we found a small campground store and stocked up on snack foods to make the money stretch - and we laughed like maniacs about $15.00 blueberry pancakes.
Such very good memories of our first trip together. And just like all of the trips that have followed, none have been perfect, but all have been memorable!


Amy Bayliss said...

Those blueberry pancakes must have been real good! $15? Wow!

I love hiking and waterfalls. I think I would have been overjoyed with that trip. It sounds like you two have some wonderful memories. Don't you just love recalling all of this? It really brings you back to that time.

Thanks for sharing!

MiPa said...

I find, for us, it is the "not perfect" that makes the trip so memorable. Thanks for sharing your memories from your first trip together.

Joyfull said...

Thanks for sharing some great memories! We enjoy hiking and water falls also, so this sounds like a great adventure!

Mac an Rothaich said...

Oh a little stress to start the marriage out is always common, but I love you guys laughing through it all! How awesome:)

e-Mom said...

I love hearing about other couples' private jokes! $15 blueberry pancakes... oh my! It sounds like you enjoyed your honeymoon immensely, despite the mishaps... and what vacation is mishap-free, anyway? It's all part of the adventure of travel, right?

Here's to your sixteen years together, and to the next sixteen... and beyond!

(((Hugs))) e-Mom ღ

Julie The Surrendered Scribe said...

It says so much that you guys laughed like maniacs, I know sometimes those are the things of first conflicts.

I'm with you, $15 pancakes!

tonya said...

Great post, thanks for sharing. Both my husband and I love blueberry pancakes, too. :)

Constance said...

I think that laughter is the key to a successful marriage!! We have these preconceived ideas of how something should be and when it goes ka-put, we can either get mad or laugh about it! Laughter is the better choice!

We are HUGE lovers of our National Parks but we haven't made it to Shenendoah yet, it's on the list and hopefully soon!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Our anniversary is next month too. When is yours? Sounds like a great time and great memories!