Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #157: Getting Away

Our guest hosts Bert and Rusha Sams of Oh The Places We See have challenged us with the theme: Getting Away.

Henry and I have always enjoyed getting away. When we were both working and raising our family, one of our favorite places to get away was to the Florida Keys. We started off camping in state parks there, first in a tent and later in a pop up trailer.

Beautiful day in the lower Florida Keys

In 2006, we bought our fifth wheel trailer and took off for our first RV road trip with no set schedule and no reservations. For two months we wandered around the United States and two Canadian Provinces. We loved exploring the National Parks and National Monuments and all of the places in between.

Mount Rushmore National Monument

After our first RV adventure we were hooked. We continued taking RV trips until the end of 2019. Our longest and most memorable trip was our four month journey to Alaska in 2013.

Majestic mountains and glacier in Alaska

This year we were able to get way to three completely different types of destinations for three short road trips . Oh, what a wonderful feeling to travel again!

In March we traveled to Cedar Key, Florida for a relaxing and fun weekend. Located on the Florida Gulf Coast in the area known as the Nature Coast, this small town was just what we needed for a short getaway.

After Sunset at Cedar Key

In May we traveled to our daughter’s home in Virginia for Mother’s Day. It was wonderful to visit with family and on Mother’s Day we enjoyed a relaxing walk together around Pandapas Pond.

Turtles at Pandapas Pond

We returned to Florida in June for a week long getaway to Orlando. While we didn’t visit any theme parks we still enjoyed a little Disney Magic with two memorable meals at Disney resorts. We had fun being kids again at a dinner with Mickey Mouse and friends. Another day we had a fantastic lunch with a view of animals in the savanna of Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Many thanks to Bert and Rusha Sams for this challenge. Please be sure to visit their original post at Lens-Artists Challenge #157: Getting Away

19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #157: Getting Away

    1. We bought our RV because we knew we would be traveling long distances and would be away from home for months at a time. Our favorite places to camp were state parks and other places where we could enjoy nature.

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  1. You’ve found so many great places for getting away– and most of ones we’ve never visited. We did, however, love Mt. Rushmore, but all the others have been added to our bucket list. Thanks for lovely photos, as usual, and a format that makes it easy to see and enjoy. Looking forward to your theme for next week.

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    1. Judy, Henry and I both inherited the love of travel. We have wonderful memories of traveling with our kids and of our adventures after the kids were on their own. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  2. What a wonderful getaway series. These are beautiful photos of these special, fun places. I love the first image especially. Four month journey to Alaska, I envy you!

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  3. the Alaska journey must have been a dream. One day for us… We also enjoyed he RV life. I think you meet so many interesting people and its nice to carry our house on our back so to speak. Very nice. Donna

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    1. Thank you Donna. Yes, our Alaska adventure was the trip of a lifetime. I hope your dream of going will happen soon! I agree about the RV life. We loved having our home on wheels and had so many fun conversations with interesting people.

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