Summer is synonymous with vacation and for many of us, that means quality time with the family on a road trip! Here are some of the Kids Team’s fondest road trip memories. Tell us about yours!
Katara Patton, acquisitions – My family drove all the way from our small town in Louisiana to Orlando, Florida, to the happiest place on Earth—Disney World. When our hotel reservations were given away (this was before credit cards held your spot!), we thought we might have to turn around and head home before visiting Mickey. My sister was only worried about not getting to take a shower. I was amazed that she could be concerned about hygiene when we were in jeopardy of missing Mickey and Minnie. Luckily, things worked out, we found another hotel, my sister got her shower and we all got to enjoy seeing Mickey and friends. I still can’t read Disney Classics—anything with Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella or Snow White– without thinking of this trip and all that we saw in Orlando. It truly is the happiest place on earth and on record as one of my most memorable family vacations.
Tim Wolf, buyer/manufacturing – The road trips I remember most during the summer were going to see family. I remember one time we headed from Fresno, CA up the cost to Portland, OR. It was beautiful and a surprisingly long trip. We were always so busy doing things with my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents that I never thought to bring a book. I am sure this is partially because I get motion sickness, so the idea of reading in a car or plane has never interested to me.
Stephanie Riche, editor – My family drove from Illinois to the Grand Canyon one year—almost 2,000 miles in our trusty Buick, which was loaded down with five people, five sleeping bags, overflowing gear, and limited leg room. While my dad drove late into the night to make it to our next stopping point, everyone else in the family fell asleep except me. I stayed awake, devouring book after book by the light of my little flashlight. After every chapter or so, I’d fill my dad in on the latest plot twist, feeling grown up and proud that I was helping him stay awake. The Grand Canyon was magnificent, but as I look back now, I realize that those small moments of talking to my dad about books and life were just as precious.
Amie Carlson, product manager – The year I turned eleven, my mother, brother and I went on a long road trip together from California (where we lived) all the way up through Oregon and Washington state. This was momentous for two reasons. It was the first long trip we took without my dad (which felt very adventurous and daring) with my mother allowing me to navigate with the atlas – resulting in more than one long, scary trek down dirt roads that I was sure looked like a real road on the map. And secondly it was memorable because my mother made us listen to a series of books on tape all about navigating the transition from child to adult (Preparing for Adolescence by James Dobson). I think my mom gave my little brother headphones and his own book to listen to in the backseat when some of the more dicey topics were discussed. While somewhat mortifying, all in all, it was a fun trip filled with lots of good memories.
Cheryl Kerwin, marketing manager – The only time my family left California as a family was to visit my aunt and uncle in Provo, Utah. My dad liked to leave for any road trip at night or early morning to get a jump on traffic and probably because the five of us would sleep most of the way, all except for me. In order to secure my spot in the front seat I learned to read maps, and because I had a good memory I would make very good mental notes of how to get places so I could tell my dad where to go as he drove When you have five kids in a station wagon, the front seat is prime space. I don’t know why my brothers and sisters never figured this out and I wasn’t about to say anything, why risk it! Back to the story, that road trip was amazing for me, I helped my dad get where we needed to go and I saw places I had never seen before that I read about in this thing they called an Atlas, what an amazing book! I loved it, even though it wasn’t really a novel or a story book I loved to read and learn about other places and dream about going there someday. What places you ask? Wyoming (Old Faithful), Arizona (The Grand Canyon), South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore), and Hawaii (Volcanoes) I have yet to visit any of these places but someday…someday.