This is ONE OF 4 responses to Vol 14 John 10 ("Far Away Places")...
Now let me get this straight: you want me to describe in detail these trips I haven't taken? Well, OK, but I'll start in rather general terms.
I like exotic (read: out-of-the-way, unpopulated, untraveled, unusual) places. I dislike crowds, formality, and strict schedules.
With that in mind, here are several of my favorite vacations:
On second thought, I won't try to describe the possible vacations John brought up - except to say that they involve exotic vacations and small groups of people. I *will* say that all of John's proposed vacations sound wonderful. Maybe you should start up Canyon Creek Travel, John!
- Sailing the Queen Charlotte Islands (off the coast of British Columbia, near Alaska). I did this with Robert and ~10 other people. We went scuba diving nearly every day, fishing when we felt like it; we stopped at abandoned Haida Indian villages to observe the totem poles; we ate gourmet seafood in vast quantities.
- Hiking the French Alps. I did this with another close friend. The only French we spoke was straight from a Berlitz phrase book, but we met friendly locals every day. Some days we ate *wonderful* French country food; some days we ate almost nothing. Accomodations were mostly rustic; one night we had to huddle in an unused pig shed. The hiking was TOUGH: sometimes 12+ hours/day.
While we were doing this, the neighbors set fire to my house, damaging or destroying most everything. And when it was all over, we declared the trip a resounding success.
- Visiting the Nicholson family cabin off the west coast of Vancouver Island. I think this will always be my favorite place in the world. My father and grandfather built the cabin on a ten acre island in 1964. It's two miles from a small fishing village, ten miles from the nearest road.
The rainfall is something you'd have to experience to believe; I've sat through two weeks at a stretch without let-up. There's no electricity, and the gas-powered refrigerator was stolen years ago, not long after the original stove rusted itself out of existence. Fresh groceries arrive at the village weekly, more-or-less. Both Robert and John have visited this vacation spot.
Some of you will remember that years ago Richard Feynman abandoned geographic vacations for "mind-based" vacations. He would pick some subject at the university where he worked, and study that in-depth for the summer. For example, one year he worked in a biology lab, doing some form of research. In fact, Feynman says that his sloppy labwork kept another researcher from an almost certain Nobel prize.