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What I Learned on Vacation

Things I Learned on Vacation:

  • It’s a lot more fulfilling to drive into the Mountain timezone that to drive out of it.
  • It’s a wonderful thing to hear your kids say, “That’s beautiful!” from the back of the car.
  • My oldest son has a proneness to Altitude sickness.   I have a proneness to other people having altitude sickness making me sick.
  • Rain can really spoil your vacation, if you don’t have a place with an indoor pool.
    No, I did not wear floaties.

    No, I did not wear floaties.

  • When you have an indoor pool be prepared to swim for a minimum of 2 hours each time.
  • A family of 5 sharing one bathroom is an adventure.
  • My kids hate walking around Wal-Mart in Ruidoso as much as they hate walking around Wal-Mart in Lubbock.
  • Redbox has changed the way we travel as a family.
  • Driving up the mountian to Monjeau Lookout is the coolest thing to do when in Ruidoso.
    Were all shivering while a stranger was taking our picture at Monjeau Lookout.

    We're all shivering while a stranger was taking our picture at Monjeau Lookout.

  • When visiting Monjeau Lookout in the evening, wear a jacket.   It was freezing cold!
  • Visiting Bonita Lake is the stupidest thing to do when in Ruidoso.
    Seriously?  Its a lake and you cant swim or picnic?

    Seriously? It's a lake and you can't swim or picnic?

  • “You are in Bear Country” signs can really freak out a 7 year old boy.
    We never saw any bears, but saw a few dozen deer.

    We never saw any bears, but saw a few dozen deer.

  • It’s all right to eat popsicles as an after-breakfast treat.
  • I will never actually read the books I take with me on a family vacation.   I’m beginning to think it’s a urban legend that adults get to read books while vacationing…
  • My kids like to stare at strange looking people when they get into a swimming pool. (Embarassing…)
  • My wife enjoys having in a iPhone on vacation.   (Yet, she still asks me for directions while holding it in her hand.)
  • Having wi-fi where your staying is much preferable to not having wi-fi.
  • Almost nothing rivals playing in a cold stream.
    Ryan would later fall in this very stream, and get a bad case of wet pants!

    Ryan would later fall in this very stream, and get a bad case of wet pants!

  • Tripadvisor.com is a real lifesaver, and I’ve found most of their online reviews to be spot-on!
  • It is ALWAYS better to rent a condo than to stay in a hotel room.   Trust me, I’ve done both.
    • It’s better even if the condo has a few bugs crawling around.
  • Those roaches in the condo, will try and sneak home in your bags.   Trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

3 Comments

  1. Papaw · June 29, 2009

    Looks like everyone except Dad knew about needing a coat on Monjeau Lookout! Sure looks like a great trip.

  2. gina · June 29, 2009

    “I will never actually read the books I take with me on a family vacation. I m beginning to think it s a urban legend that adults get to read books while vacationing ”

    amen. that’s been my experience. i’m more likely to nap on my vacation than actually read. but i’ll still pack my books. i think it’s security thing.
    .-= gina ´s last blog ..Patterns in the Lawn =-.

  3. Josh · July 2, 2009

    I think I have finally found someone who has skinnier legs then I do. Congragulations my man.
    .-= Josh ´s last blog ..Baptisms At Grace Church =-.