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Second place winner: Gail Moore
I purchased my first 6000 credits in 1997, making me an owner for almost two decades! There were only 23 properties when I came in, so I have experienced WorldMark grow as I have grown! I attended the presentation, attracted by the prizes I would get for my presence. As it turns out, my presence resulted in the priceless present of WorldMark! The combination of breaking up, and a $6K raise made me the perfect candidate for the vast enjoyment WorldMark had to offer.
My most delightful WorldMark ďmemoryĒ comes from sharing with others! 1st trip- LAS VEGAS! Back when the only Vegas property was WorldMark Las Vegas Ė Spencer Street, I hooked up my houseboat traveling buddies after leaving Lake Meade. We were so impressed and I was so proud!
On the Board for a non-profit organization, I booked two 3 bedroom units for a planning retreat weekend in Palm Springs. Convenient, productive and fun! Helped a dear friend check off a bucket list item by taking her to Bass Lake. She was in her late sixties and Bass Lake had been the location of nostalgic childhood vacations. The rustic and peaceful charm of this WorldMark location blew her away! Our week spent canoeing, strolling around the quaint town and visiting Yosemite Valley and the redwoods in Mariposa was mind blowing for me too! I probably would not have gotten around to enjoying this stunning location were it not for Mary, and Iím still blessed by the memory because she succumbed a few years later to ALS.
My favorite vacation of all was when I took two groups of godchildren to Lake Tahoe to experience snow for the first time! I drove a van, carrying four adults and ten children for a memorable winter extravaganza, including spectacular scenery, resort activities, sledding and a horse drawn sleigh ride!
Big Bear with my houseboat crew for New Years! Didnít ski because the only friend whoíd try to learn with me was recovering from knee surgery, but inner tubing was great! Remarried and moved to Texas in 2009. Honeymooned the first three years in New Braunfels (gorgeous), New Orleans (charming) and Lake of the Ozarks (majestic). My husband had never traveled, so all of these locations made an impact! All those years as an owner, and my own two children had never accompanied me until 2011 when we spent a week in New Orleans, along with my two grandchildren. So convenient and efficient having a trolley-stop right in front of the resort!
Hosted church members for two international conventions in Florida and Anaheim! Reunited with childhood friends and hung out in Solvang! My grown godchildren now love the Indio resort! Gifted two other sets of honeymooners in Las Vegas! Spent valuable time with my late cousin and his family in Oceanside! The list goes on. The variety in my valuable WorldMark relationship has exhausted the word limit for this travel memory testimony. Thanks to WorldMark I've truly been the "hostess with the mostest"!
Third place winner: Robyn Nored
Where should we go on our next WorldMark Adventure I ask my husband, Clay? Each time we pose this question in our household, we know it will take us to some new and exciting getaway for us. From quaint Taos, New Mexico to unforgettable WorldMark Depoe Bay in Oregon and cozy WorldMark Whistler - Cascade Lodge, British Columbia, Canada, our decision to become WorldMark owners has greatly enhanced our lifestyle. It was while we were in Big Bear in early fall, that offered us a unique, alpine mountain escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The 99-mile drive up to Big Bear was an adventure in itself, winding through the San Bernardino Mountains, with some spectacular views of the valley below us.
Upon arriving in Big Bear City, we were greeted by an impressive body of water with striking big boulders that made up Big Bear Lake. Once we arrived at the resort, we knew Big Bear was a special place. After the two hour drive, we were rewarded by its natural beauty, clear, blue mountain skies and loads of sunshine! Outdoor activities take center stage in Big Bear! We rented bikes and rode around the scenic pathway around the lake's edge. Along the way, we spent some time at the Big Bear Discovery Center where we learned more about Big Bear's wildlife. To enjoy more panoramic views of the lake, we took the exhilarating 15-minute ride to the top of Snow Summit on the Scenic Sky Chair. At 8,200 feet, the Sky Chair proved to be very popular with Mountain bikers, sightseers and hikers like us. After hiking the Mountain Top Loop, we were ready to relax at the View Haus restaurant. With even more jaw-dropping views, the View Haus is just the place to stop and have a juicy hamburger and cold beer outside on the sunny deck.
Just for pure fun of it, we went on the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain one day. We went as fast as we wanted, braking and steering our sled, down a quarter-mile track. Another fun day at Big Bear and just one more way to enjoy the impressive views of Big Bear Lake. Big Bearís appeal is itsí small town character and rustic charm and is clearly evident at the local dining scene. From Big Bear Brewery to The Captianís Anchorage, a cozy and friendly ambience prevails. Itís while dining, we learned Big Bear is a backdrop for many Hollywood movies and television productions, because of its close proximity to the entertainment capital of the world.
What did we like most about Big Bear? That's where we upgraded to Silver Elite and we are so glad we did! We canít wait to go back to Big Bear when the snow falls! "Where should we go on our next WorldMark adventure I ask my husband Clay? Well, that's another story I look forward to sharing with you.
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