Get away for a warm winter vacation – Canon City Daily Record


While on vacation, my family and I took a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. This was our second trip to the islands together; we visited Oahu on our honeymoon.

But it was the first time our daughters saw the ocean and went to the beach. It was extremely special to see them take it all in for the first time.

Jaime Reed

When we got back, my mom asked me what was my favorite part of our trip. I didn’t hesitate, throughout the trip I found myself wiping away intermittent tears that came from being grateful to have time with my family in such an incredibly beautiful place. It really is one of the most beautiful places I have been to.

I am a real summer lover and the opportunity to wear sandals and sundresses in January was a real treasure for me. Of course, I love the beach, but seeing the island’s active volcano is also high on my list. Every day, every bend we’ve been through, every meal, it’s all been a huge blessing.

To get to Hawaii, there are several steps you need to take before you arrive. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded, COVID-19 testing must be performed by those who are not vaccinated, information must be uploaded to the State of Hawaii website, all travel reservations must be documented, then there are all normal travel days. to jump through.

Although traveling with children is a business, we do a few things to make it easier for you. One of my favorite tips to share is that we take our own water bottles with us. We throw them in front of security and fill them on the other side. We save money and we have water right away without having to find an open store or restaurant.

Plus, I always pack a lot of snacks. If we travel in the morning, I bring bagels and put cream cheese on them before getting out of the car. Afternoon and evening flights, I bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for everyone. It never fails, every time we open our meals someone asks, “Can you get this through security?” They’re usually pretty shocked when I tell them I’ve been doing this since I saw someone else do it on a flight to Tucson in 2008!

I know that at one point after the 9/11 attacks there were stricter regulations on food. However, they haven’t been for some time. Next time you travel, I suggest making your own easy meals and snacks. Save your money to spend it at your location rather than at the airport.

Even though the steps to get to Hawaii were stressful, it was definitely worth it. While we were there, I felt tremendous relief from the anxious tendencies I had harvested. My husband rested, really rested and enjoyed every moment of our trip. Our girls were playing and still playing, they loved the ocean. They didn’t use a single electronic device or watch even a minute of TV during our entire trip.

The blessing of our time together was incredible. This was our first family trip (not to see other family members) which was more than one night. I hope and pray that we go on vacation together more often. My goal for 2022 is to skip small purchases and save for another trip. I want to explore and make memories in new places!

Jamie Reed is a teacher at Cañon City High School and a contributor to the Cañon City Daily Record.