Vacation Sick

When my brother was 6 or 7 years old, he came down with the stomach flu while we were vacationing in Lake Tahoe. He came out of our room onto the porch, clutching his stomach, looking green, and said, "Now I know what it feels like to be vacation sick."

As much fun as we had camping the last few days, I now know what it feels like to be vacation sick too. Our first night at camp I was nearly delusional with a fever, my head felt like a boulder the size of our tent (which is a very large tent) and I grimaced with pain each time I swallowed. As soon as the kids awoke, I sent them to grandma's trailer to get some pain reliever. Thank goodness for her expired bottle of Aleve.

Are you ready for the rest of the story? The kids and I drove 200 miles with my in-law's to camp with a flickr friend whom we had never met. Yes, a two day long blind date, far from home, chaperoned by my in-laws. It was the best blind date I've ever been on.

Sarah and I had exchanged many lengthy emails and talked on the phone for an hour before deciding to meet in person - what an excellent decision we made. From coffee in the morning til toasted marshmallows at night, we exchanged stories, compared notes on homeschooling and parenting, shared delicious food, and watched our children become fast friends.

new friends

The kids combed the beach for mermaid scales, climbed trees, and trolled the campground on their bikes in search of mysteries.


As we were packing up to go yesterday morning, Aidan informed me he was ocean sick, which I interpreted as sick of the ocean and homesick; though I know he had a very good time with his new little friend, who was more than willing to pull his finger.

pull my finger

We are already making plans to camp again - this time in my neck of the woods without chaperones. I'll make sure to pack medication, just in case someone gets vacation sick.


  1. I'm so sorry you were sick! What a bummer to have that happen on your fun trip. Glad you're home safely!

  2. I'm so very very happy you had a wonderful time! Yay for new friends...

  3. so sorry you were sick, but it sounds like you guys managed to have a great time anyway - yay! :^)

  4. That sounds like sooooo much fun. (Except for the being sick part, of course.)What a wonderful adventure for you all to be a part of! Your children will surely have fond memories of that trip. =)

  5. really. the best blind date ever.

    thanks for a great camp out. i really don't know how you did it...with your vacation sickness and all....really...one amazing gal you are!

    can't wait for the next one :)

  6. Bummer about the sickness, it looks like a marvelous adventure in spite of it!

    Tell your little guy I totally understand about "vacation sickness", I get that too almost every time we travel, because home really is the best place on earth.

  7. fun! (not the sick part - the blind date part)

  8. your description of your vacation sick was so good, i think i might have a headache now, just from reading your description.

    that first picture is awesome. the whole trip sounds like a wonderful time. how fun to meet up with someone you've never met in person and camp out! what an adventure!

    welcome home. good luck with laundry this week! :)

  9. Aside from being sick, it sounded like a good trip. Glad you are back!

  10. I'm sorry you were sick! But it sounds like you had a fantastic time anyway!

  11. Oh how frustrating to get sick on vacation. You are such a trooper.

  12. Uncle RobMay 06, 2008

    I'm glad you and I share something in common. With yours comming later in life, I'm sure it is much more difficult to deal with. Especially since you are the parent and I was a child! Hope you're feeling better! Love ya sis!



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