Surprise Vacation 101

Okay. So I leave for surprise vacation 1 week from today. And we've officially received all of our clues. And I need help. Your help. Here's the deal.

A little history for you.... back when my sister and I were little, I'm talking 6, 7, 8, 9 years old, we would always have birthday parties with all of our friends. And more times than not, one kid at the party (usually me) would end up crying and having a miserable time. Why is it that you always cry at your own party?!? So after my 9th birthday party, my parents suggested that instead of having birthday parties each year, they would plan a fun surprise vacation for us. All we would know is what to pack and then we'd be swept off to our surprise vacation.

Basically it's the best idea ever. The anticipation up to the vacation is just plain awesome. It's fun. Over the years we've gotten all of our friends and family involved. It's become a game for lots of people that know us. Even my tennis coach from Tucson, whom I haven't seen in way too long, is still totally into the clues.

And these aren't just any clues. My parents literally spend months thinking of these bizarre and outlandish clues. Here's one of my favs:

Noisy Sheep. Tasty Pig. Ah

Like really? What the heck does that mean. Well... here it is.

Noisy Sheep - what sound does it make: BAAAAAHHHH

Tasty Pig - what's a tasty pig: HAM

and then there is AH

Put them all together: BAHAMA.

Like I said. Who the heck thinks of these things?

Here are a few of our trips:

Disney World, Napa, Los Angeles, Vegas, Texas, Bahamas, Cancun, Hawaii, New York, Washington DC, England/Scotland/Wales, Turkey, and Italy. I think there might be another one in there but I can't remember.

So here's where I need your help. We've got 8 clues. Each clue correspondes to a city or event that will take place on vacation. I concluded that we are not going to Africa or South American based on the clothes we need to pack. So we are going to Europe. I'm 100% positive of this. And I don't think we would repeat any of the above countries. So here they are....

Surprise Vacation Clues:

1. Where only buffalo would roam

2 .When puppies take a little nap they always take their favorite bone, a part of the fun!

3. When I told my brother about the trip, Al says, "have a glass for me."

4. Towering above the river, and such beautiful scenes to behold. Away from the dust and dirt in the west. What a day it will be, or two or three......

5. Beautiful she is, yet such a hard name. Could she be the place, so bubbly and warm, or just a stop on the way?

6. This little piggy went to the market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy ate strawberries and nuts
This little piggy had none
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.

7. Hey Anya, Give Ernie a call, it's not that far!

8. Paddling the river, there's a dog in the middle - hope it can swim!

Alright. There you have it. I promise to send a giant box of cookies to anyone who can decipher the clues. wooohoooo!! Thanks guys 🙂

Happy Friday!


  1. Actually, thinking it might be Quebec--- googled a bunch of things and for #6:

    6. This little piggy went to the market
    This little piggy stayed home
    This little piggy ate strawberries and nuts
    This little piggy had none
    And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.

    it could connect to this festival in Quebec-- festival de cuchon? A pig festival haha not sure just trying to think out of the box Also there are a lot of hints that seem connected to France, but they do speak french in canada!

  2. #2= Bon appétit! or Bonaparte- like Napoleon Bonaparte ("bone" "nap" "part") -- so definitely france!

  3. I'm thinking somewhere in France. Maybe Marseille or Étretat? They are tourist places with cliffs (towering above), clean air (away from dust and dirt), difficult to pronounce (hard name), wine producers... and I suspect pork in many incarnations are popular with the French (this little pig). It's hard! Gah!

  4. This is so fun! Sorry, I'm no help deciphering the clues...I'm not a very well-traveled person, but I am SO doing this someday when I have kids. Your parents are so creative, I love it!

  5. Uhm, when can your parents adopt me?

    I lOVE that you're getting help on this from your readers. I totally agree. You're going on a major tour of France. Maybe even a biking tour. Please let me know if I can be your baggage. xoxoxo, B

  6. Geez, everyone is so good at this! I'm just sitting here like "...hmmm...*crickets*"

  7. #7 - Here's an addition: Give Ernie - That's Giverny, France (pronounced kind of like jeeve-air-nee); Claude Monet's home is there! Also, there's Ania, France (prounounced: anya) but it's very far away from Giverny. (Maybe that's the point of the clue?)

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