Hitting the open road - Catholic Courier

Hitting the open road

Summer is almost here and soon many people will be embarking on vacations. While I don’t have a trip planned yet, my family did take a mini vacation last month when my cousin got married in Jamestown.

My daughter was the flower girl in the wedding, so we arrived a day early for the rehearsal and spent two nights in a hotel. It was the first time we’d stayed in a hotel with all three girls, so we weren’t sure what to expect, but we packed our bags and prayed for the best.

We were blessed with an amazing weekend. The wedding was beautiful, and the kids loved staying in the hotel. They were on their best behavior when we swam in the indoor pool, the baby actually slept through the night and the 2- and 4-year-olds only argued a little about whose turn it was to push the buttons in the alligator (elevator).

Now that we know our kids actually are good little travelers, my husband and I may start to plan a few more small trips. We haven’t traveled much in the last few years and have missed the open road and the excitement that comes with exploring new places.

One of my favorite discoveries so far is Equinox Mountain, which we visited during our honeymoon in Vermont in 2009. After driving up the mountain’s Skyline Drive Toll Road and taking in the sweeping views from the summit, we purchased a crucifix that had been made at Charterhouse of the Transfiguration Carthusian monastery, which also is located on the mountain.

Catholic sites are some of my favorite places to visit, and we’re blessed with a wealth of such places in our own diocese or within a day’s drive. What are some of your favorite Catholic places to visit?

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