I have lots of memories of road trips as a family growing up -- some that are
getting sweeter as time goes on and the discomfort fades (like driving to Lake
Powell from Idaho in July as the car kept trying to overheat and we had to keep
the heater on.) and some that have always been fond. I have hopes that someday
we will be able to do this with our kids, but until work gives more than a week
of time off/sick leave for the year, we'll have to just take day trips.
Our family too has great memories of driving across America several times. Most
of the time we stayed in motels, but camping at the beach, by lakes (oh it was
so cold), in mountains and valleys was sometimes added. We shared family
stories of ancestors and history. Our children know their camp songs, songs of
America, the alphabet game, oh so many memories. It did not cost less than
Disneyland for us, because we stopped at museums and other places that had
entrance fees. We tried to pack lunches and have snacks on hand. We used
bedrolls instead of sleeping bags so we did not need to purchase sleeping bags.
I made duffle bags from old drapes or bought used ones. We all had
personalized/decorated with markers bags. It was easier to locate them. I
collected postcards along the way, so now I am sending them to grandchildren so
their parents on our side of the family can share memories with their children.
I guess our grown children have good memories too. They are now going on road
I will always take my family on road trips. I would rather spend a few days
driving to a national park and having my kids experience nature and beauty and
learning to appreciate those things than fly them to Disney Land for a week.
It's cheaper too.
Oh, yes, yes! Our father could ill-afford a 30-day vacation but he did it for
us, driving from Utah to Connecticut and back, camping out all the way in any
grassy place we could find. We had history books in the back window that were
read between stops as well as the WPA authored road books that described the
road, mile by mile. Church history came alive at stops all along the route,
many in places still to be restored and improved in later years. How did we
ever do it with only one or two nights in a motel? I cherish those sights and
sounds to this day. We also learned everything described in this
article--topography, geography, distance, appreciation for each other.