I'd fallen off the "this is ..." meme wagon in the last few weeks while I sorted my life out, but I decided this morning, as I was lying in bed listening to some fool setting off fireworks at 6.27 am, that it was time to start up again. So I was thrilled to log in and see Hila's suggestion - I've been reminiscing a lot lately about things such as this.
Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive, California
We had a tough year in 2003 and that's a long story in itself, but the opportunity came up for Mr QM to take some piss-off-and-don't-sue-us money from his employer. So we took the money and ran away to America for a month.
Train tracks, southern California Coast.
We travelled by train from LA to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver (Canada), back to Portland because we loved it so much, back to Seattle (because we hated it so much the first time and wanted to prove ourselves wrong). Then we flew back to LA, took the train to San Diego, then back to Santa Monica and back home.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
It was a great trip in so many ways - it was lovely to escape the stresses of our lives, to fly by the seat of our pants, sit in Powell's City of Books all day if we wanted to, walk our way around San Francisco, and stand outside realtors' windows and dream of living in Portland one day (compared to Canberra, it was very affordable!).
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
We finally felt some peace in our lives. That's why this holiday is my favourite travel memory.
Snow trail, Mt Hood, Oregon