My parents live on the other side of the continent, so I am rarely there for Father’s Day. A few years ago that special day coincided with a trip to visit them. I wanted to do something really special. Near where they lived is a narrow gauge railroad called Cass Scenic Railroad. It is a coal burning train that takes us to the top of Bald Knob, with explanations along the way of how the train looks, where to look to see the continental divide and other sights. Dad had a lot of fun, and it was nice to share it with him.
In our area: The Ventura County region of Southern California has quite a few places for a special Father’s Day. The Reagan Presidential Library is hosting an event…and there’s a baseball exhibit there as well.
At the Ventura County Fairgrounds there will be a Tribute to Johnny Cash performance on Father’s Day. Music, food, hot rods and other activities will be present. If Dad likes the Man in Black, it’s a great gift. This event is on the Saturday before Father’s Day.
Southern California: The Hollywood Bowl is offering a jazz concert for Father’s Day. It will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. If dad like’s good food and free flowing beer there is a harbor cruise in Marina Del Rey.
More than a day trip: There’s nothing in the books that says a Father’s Day celebration can only be held on one day. There are numerous camping and RV grounds that would be fun for a weekend outing. We aren’t that far away from Las Vegas, NV and it can be fun walking down the Strip and looking at (and into) all of the casinos and hotels.
The most important thing to do is to think outside the box…literally. Look around where you live. Use the internet if there isn’t something being mentioned on television. The expression on your father’s face, the special interaction that comes from spending real time just paying attention to him is what matters.
What my father and my husband need is attention and appreciation for all of the things that they have done for me (and my siblings, children and grandchildren). A special experience is one of the best gifts you can give.