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Why We Save

August 13th, 2007 at 06:02 pm

There is a thread asking if people are saving for a reason. I just posted something there that I thought would be a good blog entry.

As I've said, we love to travel. We left home Saturday for a 14-day adventure in New Hampshire. This morning, we headed southwest from Manchester heading toward Keene with no particular itinerary in mind. Partway there, we passed a sign for a state park with an auto road. We pulled in and found there was a road up to the summit at 2,290 feet. We drove up the steep, narrow, hairpin-turn road. At the top, we decided to hike one of the trails that went around the summit. We got some beatiful views, saw some wonderful rock formations, saw a big swarm of dragonflies and DD discovered a snake in the grass.

Being able to get away and have experiences like that together as a family is why we work and why we save.


14 Responses to “Why We Save”

  1. Amber Says:

    I would be scared to death to drive up a tiny little road but I can see that the view must have been absolutley beautiful...enjoy the rest of your vaction

    By the way you guys look great Smile

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I would be scared of the road too. Hope you have a great trip!!

  3. Hedy Says:

    Beautiful! What great memories you're making as a family.

  4. miclason Says:

    Those are the things that last!...I can remember vacations as far back as when I was 5 or 6 (I remember we went to Rio Dulce in Guatemala, and they had macaws, and I didn't like the food, so all I ate was saltine crackers which Mom always carried - I was a picky eater!- and I started feedeing the macaws and at one point they started following me around! I must have been about 6!)

  5. scfr Says:

    Fantastic - You are all going to have such happy memories that will last a lifetime --- they will be with you much longer than any "doodads" you could have bought!
    And just look at that scenery --- Mother Nature gives us so many gifts that are free! What a great experience to give your daughter.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    Amber and Ima - This road was nothing compared to our visit to Sequoia National Park in 2005. The lodge we stayed in was at 7,000 feet. The road was just as windy and the oncoming vehicles were often RVs.

  7. fern Says:

    That's a good point...that one benefit of having savings....and time... is so you can meander off the beaten path sometimes and savor experiences that were unplanned for and unanticpated. Those are often the best kind.

  8. Amber Says:

    7,000 feet? OMG

  9. disneysteve Says:

    Amber, it was absolutely gorgeous. Worth every foot of that elevation. The giant sequoias are incredible and cannot truly be described or appreciated without seeing them in person.

    On a totally separate note, we saw the Budweiser Clydesdales today at the Anheuser Busch plant, speaking of giant things. They are quite impressive as well.

  10. boomeyers Says:

    I love the sign pointing to Boston! Smile Looks like a great time!

  11. Amber Says:

    My boss just bought an RV and said it gets about 8 miles a gallon, he and his GF will be driving to Boston. I think one of these days I will take two weeks off rent a van and travel...to where I do not know

    Enjoy the rest of your trip DS

  12. disneysteve Says:

    boomeyers - It says "Boston viewing area" though I can't really say I could identify Boston when we were looking out.

  13. Aleta Says:

    What great photos. Hope that you continue enjoying your vacation time.

    One of the reasons why we bought a timeshare was to force my husband to take time off and I could envision having more family members to enjoy it with in the future. At the time, it was a little hard on the budget, but I wouldn't trade the memories that we have for anything. We have been able to enjoy some of the best if not the best resorts and all of the immenities. We have owned it for years so it's different now. I wouldn't necessarily reccommend it to someone today.

    So, you are right about saving. It gives you a chance to put what's most important to you up front instead of always thinking - I wish I could do that, etc. There are dues to be paid with this kind of thinking in the beginning, but it does become easier as time goes on.

  14. Myself Says:

    Steve, if you think those were narrow and winding roads, you should try the roads that go up into Glacier Park, Montana!
    The sights are beautiful. But my wife refused to look outside, since we were literally driving near the edge of the road (with 100's of feet of drop before you hit some ground), because she's afraid of heights. They did have a barrier in place. A pile of stones that was about 6 inches high to keep you from going off the side. Smile (and no, I'm not kidding)
    One of the many things we saw up there was frozen snow. We have pictures of us and the kids wearing nothing but short sleeve shirts and shorts, while standing on a patch of the frozen snow. And I was actually sweating a little bit.

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