Tiffany Gee Lewis: The death of the family road trip, and why it needs to make a comeback

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  • MEi51 Provo, UT
    July 7, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    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.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    July 5, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    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 trips.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    July 5, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Mark C Gilbert, SC
    July 5, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    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.