Photo Friday: Family Vacation

Turkish Evil Eye amulets at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth
Turkish Evil Eye amulets at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth

I'm heading down to San Francisco today for my dad's memorial service (my parents lived in the Bay Area since 1978 and had moved up to Seattle for my father's cancer treatment just recently, so it makes sense to celebrate his life with his close friends and co-workers nearer to their home). This is going to be an emotional trip for sure, so I thought I'd steel myself by sharing a picture of happier times.

Here's a shot from the last trip we took with the whole family (my parents, my family, and my brother's family). A tree at the resort we visited was strung with Turkish amulets against the evil eye. It was beautiful and slightly magical feeling. A wonderful discovery as we explored the territory. Looking at this picture now helps bring back the calm and ease I felt during that trip.

Do you ever return to your travel pictures to cheer you up in difficult times?

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      1. Keryn @ Walkingon Travels on August 9, 2012 at 10:26 p.m.

        I love to look at photos from our past travels. It's when I feel at my most happy. It's my visual comfort food. And such a blessing that we have those visible memories to look back on and remember with crystal clear recall thanks to those photos we remembered to take in the midst of so much fun.
        Safe travels down to SF.

      2. Kerry Dexter on August 10, 2012 at 4:39 a.m.

        sending you good thoughts on this next step in your liefe's journey.
        photographs of travel often help in recalling calm and good times,I find. thank you for sharing this one with us.

      3. Michele @ Malaysian Meanders on August 10, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.

        I have a digital photoframe of just travel photos, and they both cheer me and calm me. I'm so glad that I've had a chance to travel with multiple generations. It does seem that if no one is hosting, it allows us to really concentrate on each other. Take care.

      4. Sonja on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 a.m.

        So sorry about your loss. I wish you and your family safe travels and comfort.

      5. Sarah V. on August 10, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

        I'm so sorry for your loss, Debbie.

      6. megan on August 10, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.

        That is a really pretty picture.

      7. Beth Henry on August 10, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.

        That's a beautiful picture. I also love looking at our past travel pictures. I love to make photo books of planned vacations to help remember each particular one.

        I'm praying that you will feel that peace you feel when viewing this picture in the midst of the sorrow and mourning you are experiencing. God bless and comfort you and your family.

      8. Anwar on August 11, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.

        I love the photo. I have never seen those turkish amulets interesting. I did not know those were meant to protect against the evil eye either! I wish you and your family the best on your trip to San Francisco. I am sorry for your loss.

      9. Stella on August 14, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.

        I'm just now reading this entry and feeling very sad about your dad's passing. Tearing up for you and your family. I hope it was a nice service and that you are enjoying time with your family. I didn't get to know your dad too well, but he sure was a friendly guy. I'm so sorry for your loss.

      10. megan on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

        Sorry for your loss, I'm sure your father had a full and great life.