Sunday, July 31, 2005

you've gotta have at least one

what are beautiful yet bad places to go on vacation? you know...like the scenery's pretty, but it's in the middle of hickville? like something that a really bad travel agent would keep trying and utterly failing to sell?

19 Comments:

Blogger parcequilfaut said...

West Tennessee. Some of the prettiest country G-d ever made, but you can drive for 150 miles and pass through approximately seven stoplights. (That's how many I remember between the interstate and my college, and I know it was 150 miles because I had it taped to my car dash.) Other than Memphis, no sign of big-city civilization for miles.

Of course, that part of the state does include some of the best barbecue in the history of time and a bunch of really cool Mennonite families who make cool handcrafted stuff. And some old hippies and a fair-to-middlin' college. But it's not Universal Studios by any means. Drive through West TN for the scenery, down Hwy 22 if at all possible, and go to Memphis instead. They have shows there, and places to shop that stay open past 6.

Other than that, I can't remember any place I thought wasn't interesting that I visited on my own vacations. I even enjoyed West Virginia, windy possibly-full-of-serial-killers backroads aside. Every road looked like the one you'd break down on if you were starring in a horror flick, and our whistling-past-the-graveyard announcements of "That's it, this next turn and WHAM! Serial killer" and later, "I don't even care about the serial killer, because if I'm dead I won't care that I need to pee" did not help one bit. I take that back. Unless you're going to a festival, don't go to WV for vacation. Especially spring break, because anyone who watches horror movies knows that spring break trips through the back woods are NEVER a good idea.

Does that help?

11:37 PM  
Blogger Doctor Bean said...

Saturn.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Teh Catskillz ;-)

1:58 PM  
Blogger Safranit said...

Hey Steg,

I be from dem Katskills....(the 'rents still live there)--it isn't that bad! Well, maybe it is :)

10:57 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Well, once a few years ago it was the summer and i was driving between Binghamton and Kingston, NY. Now, there's no direct route; you have to swing down route 17 through the Katzkills and then make a number of turns on backcountry roads in order to head back up towards Kingston.

So i was driving, driving, driving for ever and it was like middle-of-nowhere-Upstate-New-York, middle-of-nowhere-Upstate-New-York, middle-of-nowhere-Upstate-New-York... and then BOOOM!!! suddenly i'm in a SHTETL! and then once again it was middle-of-nowhere-Upstate-New-York, middle-of-nowhere-Upstate-New-York all the rest of the way to Kingston...

9:11 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

hmmm...the fabled catskills...you blink and you miss em?

wow, i'm genuinely thrilled. this post helped a lot. between the horror-movies-to-be and saturn you all had me laughing like a loon. plus i've got my idea. thanks a lot!

11:33 AM  
Blogger parcequilfaut said...

Right on! You'll have to let us know how it turns out. Supposing, of course, that the serial killer doesn't get you.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Well, the Catskills themselves are a large area; I just happened to be driving down a road that popped into and out of Woodbourne, the little Jewwified village that's the center of Catskills Summer Vacation Jewry.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Safranit said...

You cannot imagine how different the catskills is during the "off season". My mom works (year round) in Woodbourne, and with the exception of the Kosher food situation, I'd rather visit in winter.

3:51 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

everyone who's anyone is there ('

to be fair, we've never been to the catskills...i don't think. we drove through liberty this year and that was enough small-town-on-the-mountain for me.
the pizza wasn't that good.

6:20 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

That was in the Catskills.

9:02 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

why didn't you say so?

i could've...looked...around...more, or...something...

11:01 AM  
Blogger dilbert said...

Somewhere in Omaha there is a kosher Krispy Kreme. forget about the scenery........

11:44 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I did say something. Remember that big sign outside that bathroom...?

12:28 PM  
Blogger Safranit said...

Fudge,

You even met me there!!!!! And it was Loch Sheldrake not Liberty...LS is the place where the Jewish Gangsters dumped the bodies in the lake :)

12:14 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

heeeeyyyy...you're right! it's all coming back to me now...so that was the catskills?

i thought they would be bigger.

but hey, if the jewish gangsters really were hanging around izzy's pizza, they're also a lot cooler, safranit! (;

8:17 AM  
Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

Jim Thorpe, PA. I rented a mountain bike and poked around some really incredible trails. The town itself looks like the Candyland version of Switzerland.

3:50 PM  
Blogger fudge said...

are you joking? i used to dream about that place when i was a kid.

like most things, it looked better than anything it depicted actually tastes.

hmm. it won't ruin the travel agent, but it is making me hungry. i think that's enough to ask from a vacation spot.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Pittsburgh, PA-absolutely nothing there! Check out a tourist guide, there are like no attractions whatsoever!

BTW-Liberty is in the Catskills but is tiny. Having spent a summer there as a counselor in Camp HASC, the only thing good about it was a big Shop Rite that had lots of kosher food and the New York Times by 7am each morning. You can drive through it without even realizing it. Also, Loch Sheldrake is about twenty five minutes away-past Woodbourne. Woodbourne's craaazaay during the summer time but still not a place I'd go to visit if I weren't already in the area.

9:26 PM  

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