This is my 6th year living in NC. I have been to 'the beach' exactly once. I haven't done another single touristy thing. I live 30 minutes from Charlotte and I have never been anywhere but a shopping establishment (or the race track ). Anyway, my family planned on using me as a sleeping stop on their way to and from the beach in October. Ummm, I told them that they could stay- but I was going with them! They couldn't believe I was taking days off in the year. (I will miss 3 school days.) It is pretty common at my school- I may be the only one who has never done it!! Have YOU ever taken a mini-vacation and missed school?