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Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:26 am
by J295
82 year old grandpa, 56 year old father, 28 year old son looking to take a short trip together over the next year. We get along great. Father enjoys golf but son doesn't play .... son loves marathons and adventure runs but that's not in grandpa's wheelhouse .....

Looking for ideas for our trip. We will be reasonable about the costs, but pricing isn't a serious issue.

Considering a weekend trip to Vegas during the first weekend of March Madness (NCAA basket tourney), or a Canada fishing trip (we aren't fishermen, but we are athletic and adventuresome, and Grandpa and Father took such a trip many years ago with a guide and it was great fun .... not "roughing it" when the guide drives the boat, fixes the shore lunch, and you sleep in cabins with meals in the main dining hall).

Other ideas? Kentucky Derby or Indy 500 don't really seem like our thing, but maybe I'm wrong or there's somethings out there that just aren't crossing my mind.

Thanks!

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:37 am
by MathWizard
Trip to historic sites: Gettysburg ?

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:37 am
by corysold
Are you fans of particular sports teams and could make a trip to watch a few play on the road in 1 weekend?

Take in the Cherry blossoms in DC. Head to wine country during harvest time. Is there another hobby you all enjoy and could go to a conference/festival relative to that? Augusta National for the Masters. Hit up some B&B's in New England in the fall. Hit NY for a weekend of Broadway shows. Head to the Final Four wherever it is. Hit up the college football playoffs.

Some of the events you mentioned are more for the experience than the actual event, so even if you don't like horse racing or auto racing, seeing the spectacle of it might be worth it.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:23 am
by barnaclebob
I was going to suggest fishing, maybe alaska or the PNW for salmon and halibut. Not super athletic but still a little adventurous. Plus you get to keep a ton of tasty fish.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:31 am
by Grt2bOutdoors
barnaclebob wrote:I was going to suggest fishing, maybe alaska or the PNW for salmon and halibut. Not super athletic but still a little adventurous. Plus you get to keep a ton of tasty fish.
+1 - Nothing like a fishing trip. :)

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:00 am
by The Wizard
A dive trip to Cozumel or Bonaire would be fun...

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:10 am
by cheese_breath
Drive Route 66. It might bring back some old memories to Grandpa if he had traveled it in it's heyday. It could give son some insights into how we had to do it in the old days before freeways.

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/ ... p-route-66

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:11 am
by Raymond
The Canada guided fishing trip sounds great, especially as there is a bit of family history there already :happy

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:58 am
by ShiftF5
One more vote for the Canada fishing trip.

Have a great time.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:01 pm
by Rodc
Definitely do the fishing trip. It will rekindle great memories and make many more.

Repeat with each generation to make a fabulous family tradition.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:02 pm
by neuro84
Do you have some ancestral homeland you could all visit together?

When I was 17, my dad (mid 40s at the time) took me on a trip with granddad (late 70s at the time). We went to Ireland to look for signs of our ancestors who had come over during the Potato Famine. We didn't find much in the way of ancestors but it was still one of my most memorable trips ever. I feel very grateful to have gotten that opportunity while my grandfather was still able to travel.

Whatever you do, don't set up too much of an agenda. Leave plenty of time for R&R. My best memories of that trip are all the mundane moments spent in between the scheduled excursions.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:35 pm
by dubsem
Easy hikes with great views, wherever they are.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:48 pm
by bottlecap
I'm not a big fisherman, either. But fishing trip in Canada was my first thought.

JT

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:54 pm
by mak1277
Fishing trip sounds good.

Are you baseball fans? My dad and I took a week-long trip to North Carolina one summer and drove across the state seeing a different minor league baseball park every night. It was fantastic. Similar trips can be planned all over the US if you have a different area you'd like to see.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:58 pm
by Chadnudj
J295 wrote:82 year old grandpa, 56 year old father, 28 year old son looking to take a short trip together over the next year. We get along great. Father enjoys golf but son doesn't play .... son loves marathons and adventure runs but that's not in grandpa's wheelhouse .....

Looking for ideas for our trip. We will be reasonable about the costs, but pricing isn't a serious issue.

Considering a weekend trip to Vegas during the first weekend of March Madness (NCAA basket tourney), or a Canada fishing trip (we aren't fishermen, but we are athletic and adventuresome, and Grandpa and Father took such a trip many years ago with a guide and it was great fun .... not "roughing it" when the guide drives the boat, fixes the shore lunch, and you sleep in cabins with meals in the main dining hall).

Other ideas? Kentucky Derby or Indy 500 don't really seem like our thing, but maybe I'm wrong or there's somethings out there that just aren't crossing my mind.

Thanks!
Given your interests, maybe Lake Tahoe in the summer would work better than Vegas? Golf courses, hiking/trails/biking/mountain biking, good food, some casinos, the lake itself, as well as a nicer climate than Vegas....

Spring training in Florida could be fun, too -- catch a couple games, go deep sea fishing, Dad can play some golf....time it right, and the NCAA Tournament could have games in St. Pete (it has in the past, I know).

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:10 pm
by Doom&Gloom
mak1277 wrote:Fishing trip sounds good.

Are you baseball fans? My dad and I took a week-long trip to North Carolina one summer and drove across the state seeing a different minor league baseball park every night. It was fantastic. Similar trips can be planned all over the US if you have a different area you'd like to see.
I agree about the fishing trip, but I like this idea as well. Or even a road trip to a few different major league stadiums.

Other road trips might also work, depending upon everyone's interests. A couple that come to mind: bbq joints road trip; seafood road trips; fine-dining road trips; highly-recommended "out of the way" eatery road trips; microbrewery road trips.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:34 pm
by btenny
Central California has a complete minor Class A league baseball setup with 10 teams. See here
http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=l110

You could visit a few of those clubs and visit the Sacramento Mud Hens triple AAA team as well. Then you could travel over to Lake Tahoe for some evening fun and some fishing and hiking and biking. And if you are into wine you could stop on the way to Lake Tahoe in Amador county outside Sacramento and do some wine tasting. There is just tons of stuff to do if you are in that part of the country.

Enjoy.

Re: Grandpa, Father, Son Trip

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:43 pm
by CABob
The first task is perhaps to figure out the type of activity that appeals to all of you which may be difficult with the age difference.
Some suggestions:
Washington, DC - monuments, Smithsonian, etc.
National Parks - Utah would give you three or four possibilities.
Historical sites - Revolutionary War, Civil War, etc.