Far from paradise: Tales of honeymoon mishaps ahead

We decided to change cars, so I broke out my 1966 Rambler Classic, and we left for the Oregon Coast. I had spent many vacations there and never had a problem getting a room at that time of year. So I had no qualms about not making reservations.

But there was not a room to be had for 150 miles in all directions. At 2 a.m., we decided to sack out in our Rambler (the front seat folded flat to make a makeshift bed).

We spent our honeymoon night parked outside the main gate of Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, Ore. Sadly, the weather turned, and we froze our patooties off. We were miserable!

(Did I mention that my ever-loving brother-in-law made me a sandwich to take with us on the road — that had a raw egg in it?)

— Brian Schmidt, 50, Lake Tapps, Wash.

Warning: Thief at play

We ran away to Florida to get married. We took our classic 1962 Corvette down on the auto train and got married at a quaint wedding chapel. Everything was wonderful, until we checked into our hotel near Disney.

We decided to go for a swim and returned to find that we had been robbed. No purse or car keys, no money, no credit cards, no camera. Fortunately, we had hidden an extra set of car keys in our luggage.

We were sure the robber had seen us drive in and would return to steal the car, so we spent our wedding night with me crying and my husband sitting up waiting for the thief to come back (he didn't). Our terrific parents wired us money, and we went on to have a great time, but we never found out who did it.

— Barb and Ken Mosi, 55, Sewickley, Pa.

Yield to incoming snow

We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this December. We got married in Iowa, back when we used to get lots and lots of snow.

The day after our wedding, we went to over to my folks' house for a brunch and to open presents and we ended up getting snowed in.

So we spent New Year's Eve with my parents and seven younger brothers and sisters. My siblings, who were still excited about the big wedding and new guy in the house, had us up at 5 a.m. so we could play Pac-Man and Pong with them the entire day.

By the time the storm cleared out, it was time for classes to start again at Iowa State University.

Dave and I finally took our honeymoon the following August. Luckily, we didn't encounter any snow then!

— Anne Radke, 48, Onawa, Iowa

Eat, and tan, with care

We decided we would do a Windjammer cruise in Hawaii.

Hubby had a great time, ate up a storm and did all the "fun" stuff. I hurled the entire ride. I didn't eat anything the whole time we were on the boat.

Then, we went to Hanauma Bay and were having a nice time, until we ended up falling asleep on the beach, woke up totally sunburned and had swollen ankles for days.

But otherwise, we had a nice honeymoon.

— Peria Duncan, in her 40s, Olympia, Wash.

Full speed ahead

Our honeymoon started with waking up 90 minutes late due to a power outage.

We were out the door in less than five minutes. My car would not start.

We transferred everything to my wife's car and busted a serious move on the interstate. We narrowly avoided a speeding ticket twice and arrived at the airport with just 40 minutes to check in, get through security and get to our gate.

I talked the security guy into letting us use the first-class line, which got us to our gate with less than 10 minutes to spare.

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