My preferred vacation souvenirs are largely those I find in nature, such as flowers (seeing, not picking them) or an occasional bit of rock or shell and, certainly, photographs we take. This is supplemented by my journal and birding checklists/guides for particular locales purchased at local Audubon Societies as well as certain books I take to gather memories of a whole different kind.
“Souvenir” Collection Books
The following programs offer stamps at the sites you visit which make for fun memory collecting.
Passport to Your National Parks
Blue Goose Passport: National Wildlife Refuge System
United States Lighthouse Society Passport Program (applicable for coastal journeys)
There’s one more activity I pursue which I’ll share on Thursday.
I made a few purchases in addition to the occasional Christmas ornament, or the knitting project and books shared in previous posts.
The Moon Pie was birthed in 1917 at the Chattanooga Bakery. In the 1950s, drinking RC Cola and eating a Moon Pie was a Dixie tradition—there’s a t-shirt at the company’s web site that says, “It’s a Southern Thing”. My sister Connie has a big thing about these treats and loves t-shirts. So this little item was perfect to bring home to her from our adventures in Chattanooga (the last leg of our vacation which I’ve decided not to post as another travelogue might send you over the top).
One of the many books I read on vacation was brought to me by Donna. Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn gave me some ah-hah moments, so I snagged this embellished linen towel with a lovely embroidered quote to remind me (I need frequent reminders as I move through life so fast that someone/something often needs to tell me to slow down).
A sweet fabric shower cap lined in vinyl. I suspect it’s a bit of cheating on my part, but I’ve been working on a shower cap project and actually bought this to check my own handiwork.
A hand-painted hairbrush reminds me I’m responsible for my own happiness.
Just looking at this pretty hairbrush makes me happy.
This embroidered linen towel commemorates my home state of North Carolina.
What take-home memories do you collect?