Return of the photo contest Take your acorn on vacation

Undaunted in the face of a 50% increase in airfares due to soaring fuel prices and personnel issues, courageous Glans travelers speak volumes and still hit the tarmac for the promise of a great summer getaway in the US and abroad.

RV drivers seem unfazed. Even with the cost of gasoline at an all-time high, parking spots at Emma Wood, Point Mugu, Faria, Thornhill Broome and other southern Ventura County beaches are filling up with vacationing RV families, even as we speak. The gas bill won’t be pretty, but the views certainly are.

With COVID testing and travel restrictions eased for the first time since 2019, residents are ready to hit the road, and who can blame them?

Pandemic cabin fever has given way to wanderlust.

In 2020 and 2021, Acorn Newspapers were keen to acknowledge that people simply couldn’t travel because of the pandemic. But our popular Take Your Acorn On Vacation photo contest hasn’t been completely abandoned. We repurposed it as a Take Your Acorn on Staycation contest, though the submissions were admittedly light. The holiday mood had, after all, turned gloomy.

Do you remember all those walks around the neighborhood or the time spent in the garden? Unable to hit the beaches of Maui or the cafes of Paris, our intrepid vacationers found solace at home instead. But this year is different, and families are once again traveling to beaches, parks, mountains and other popular summer destinations with children.

And with those ridiculously high-tech cameras in our pockets, who doesn’t take a million photos and shoot hours of video to capture those moments of joy, wonder, and good old family fun?

Acorn Diaries, following a tradition of over 40 years, invites you once again to share your vacation photos with readers in the community. The top 10 photos selected by our staff are posted online for public voting. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers, as determined in a final reader poll.

Competition in the vacation photo contest is fierce. We’re looking for spectacular locations, creative settings and, most importantly, the smiling faces of readers holding their Glans high log.

Remember we need high resolution photos and be sure to include your name, phone number and address. Also include a few lines about who the people in the photo are, where exactly they are, and what they are doing.

Holidays are an exciting time and even more fun when you can share the experience. There is a world to explore and this summer is the perfect time to capture the moment.

So grab those bucks, pack that suitcase, and tuck in a Moopark Acorn on the inside. Send your photo to [email protected]

Maybe we’ll even see you on the road.

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