Open Thread: Vacation

Hosted by a hat and flip-flops on the beach
So, since I took a bit of an unplanned mini-vacation last week (sorry), I thought this was an appropriate topic!

The time of year is upon us, when tourists from all around the world flock to my home state of Florida, convinced that the Sunshine State is the best place to spend a nice, relaxing summer vacation, lounging on a beach and basking in the sun's gentle rays.

And we laugh, and we laugh...

Because what they don't realize, you see, is that Florida weather in the summer has exactly two settings:

1) broilingly, swelteringly, oppressively hot; or
2) tropical storm.

Often both in the same day, if you're lucky!  (Fun fact: this morning, I intended to get up early and walk, rather than drive, my daughter to daycare.  At 6 am, I was awoken by a thunderclap that no joke, went on for a full minute before finally losing steam and fading away.  And I said "Nnnnnope!", rolled over, and went back to sleep.)  Not very conducive to lounging on a beach, or even spending all day outside in a theme park, is what I'm saying here.

Which is why Floridians, when we go on vacation, tend to go away from Florida.

Open thread!  When's the last time you went on a vacation?  Any funny stories about vacations interrupted by unfriendly weather or other unpredictable factors?  What's your dream vacation - do you fantasize about relaxing in a tropical locale, roughing it camping out in the mountains somewhere, exploring the nightlife in a faraway and glamourous city, hiking through ancient ruins, etc.?  Do you live in an area that attracts a lot of tourists, and if so, what do the tourists rarely realize about your home town until they get there?

Monday Reminder!  While I have fun coming up with pretty pictures and/or interesting “prompt” questions for open threads, you aren’t limited to those!  These threads are open - go wild, talk about whatever moves you!  (Just remember that this is still a safe space, please!) 

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else! 

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