The other day I noticed a posting on Facebook by David Presley. That brought back a memory (one of hundreds) from the 2009 Europe trip we took that David was on.
Without going into details, let's just say we named a new safety procedure after David called "The Presley Protocol." So when I saw his posting, I had to reply with this photo of David taken on a high-speed train as we were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. It was in Paris on the third or fourth day of the trip that the Presley Protocol was invented.
David replied to my posting by commenting, "Trip of a lifetime, I'll never forget it."
Three weeks from today another set of boys (17) will be taking their trip of a lifetime as we head back to Europe for 20 days traveling wherever the guys decide to go via train using Eurail passes. (Actually, five of these boys were on the 2009 trips so they're having two trips of a lifetime!
Parents and kids have already started asking when will we go again. And that has been decided - July 2015. Several parents have already added their sons to the "no application, no deposit, no commitment, save-me-a-spot maybe" list. That guarantees them a spot should they want to go when actual sign-ups start.
Interested in more info. Click to go to the info on this website.
I've been reading about the tragic wildfires in Colorado this past week and one of the areas hit was around the Royal Gorge Bridge Park in Canon City, Colorado. We were there in 2011 and enjoyed a day of walking across the bridge, "flying" the Skycoaster, taking the tram across the river (over 1,000 feet below), observing the animals, and more.
The park has had several attractions burned from this fire. Word is, they will rebuild. We hope so. This historic park has been visited by millions and we would certainly include it on our activities list the next time we take a trip to the Colorado Rockies. I've read that all the animals were moved to safety.
You can read more about the Royal Gorge Park on their Facebook page.
This is a glimpse of the Skycoaster attraction at Royal Gorge with a couple of our guys taking a ride. You would have to see it, or experience it, to know what this thrill might be like. Personally, I haven't experienced it and doubt I ever will.
Part of the fun of traveling anywhere we go is coming upon a street musician or two. The YouTube video here takes that to a whole new level. I'm not sure where in Europe this was filmed but I hope we end up there this July.
And that always bring back memories of our own Mark Gilbert performing with a couple of street musicians in Amsterdam on our 2009 trip. I don't know if Mark still plays the mandolin or not, but he's going back with us on our upcoming trip. HIs little brother is coming along too! Who knows what we'll discover on this year's adventure but you can sure it will all be memorable!
I was preparing pre-trip packets this evening to mail out to the 17 boys going on next month's trip to Europe - and the idea of being able to choose where we want to go from 24 incredible European countries reminded of how amazing this trip is.
Boys decide where to go, what to see, how long to stay. This year we're starting in Brussels, Belgium and will end in Munich, Germany. Everything in between is up to the boys.
It's an opportunity most boys "and" adults never get. Thanks to the parents for making this possible.
I've already decided to repeat this trip in 2015 and boys are already adding their names to the "no deposit, no application, no commitment, save-me-a-spot maybe" list. In fact, as of Friday there are seven boys on it already.
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I never imagined that when I started taking kids on travel trips in 1978 that I would still be taking trips today! It has been a great ride and I'm looking forward to more.