Friday, June 24, 2011

Childhood Roadtrips

When I was a kid we took one vacation a year.  It was a 4 day trip to the Black Hills.  We would drive– all 7 of us in our Ford Conversion van.  Classy.
Rear of said classy van

What I wouldn’t give to go on just one of those trips again. 

My family is different today.  We no longer travel to the Black Hills and we no longer have horses. My parents are divorced and one of my brothers is gone. 

As my own family embarks on our summer trips, I’m going to really take it in.  Because in the near future, I’ll look back on these trips and realize I’d give anything to relive them. 

What’s your best childhood roadtrip? 


  1. Oh, I know exactly what you are talking about. I miss my family trips (that honestly, as a kid, I probably was not thrilled.)

    In Georgia, we would go to two places - 1 week to southern Indiana to see my dad's parents and 1 week to Jekyl Island, GA. It's a small island off the coast of south Georgia in an area known as the Golden Isles. Love that place. :-)

  2. Mmmmm...I feel you on this one. It goes so dang fast it's almost hard to hold onto the moments even when we try! Sounds like you had special memories with your family and that made me smile. I think my favorite childhood road trip was when we went to the snow a couple hours from home. It was stress free, fun, smiles and laughter. I loved every second of it!!

  3. Our family NEVER took vacations when I was growing up. We didn't have a lot of money and I don't think my dad ever took a whole week off of work. However, I do remember Saturday trips down the Natchez Trace (Mississippi) and trips to the drive-in in the summer. My brother and I would take pillows & blankets and just relax in the back of that old station wagon and laugh ourselves silly.

  4. You are so right! How I would love to just flashback to my childhood for a day and relive a day, or a trip...what memories. We are taking the kids to Atlanta over the 4th of July...they may be a little too young to remember, but I'm going to do my best to keep the stress out of the trip and focus on the fact that these are memories we are building!

    Great timing on this post, TV!

    PS: Have you ever heard Taylor Swift's song "never grow up." Same concept...makes me savor these days a little bit more.

    have a great weekend!

  5. Oh, how I miss those family road trips. One of my favorite was this 3 week trip we took out West. We went to California, and Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and more. It was so fun -- and left amazing memories.

    Beautiful post.

  6. Every summer we went to Rehoboth Beach DE for 2 weeks. Always the same two weeks...last week of July and first week of August. We always ate out one night at a really fancy restaurant called "The Avenue". We would always get ice cream sundaes at Royal Treat (at least twice). My dad always took us out deep sea fishing on the party boat at least once. It was quite a tradition we had. We went every year from 1983 until I graduated HS in 1993. Once I was in college, I didn't go anymore due to summer jobs. My parents continued to go until my Dad passed in 2008.

    Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories for me.

  7. We never really took any vacations due to money when I was growing up so that's why I am going to make sure to take my children on tons of vacations...b/c vacations don't always have to be expensive. I want them to experience so much, and I can't wait to share it with them!

  8. That is easy! My sister and I took a road trip with my Dad to Williamsburg, Tennessee to see Elvis Presleys house (by far my favorite!) and to the World's Fair. I remember fighting with my sisiter the whole way and at one point my Dad got so upset with us at a Howard Johnsons that he put us right back in the car and had placed his wallet on the roof of the car in all the commotion. Well, we realized we had no money eventually and he had to turn around to find it. It was truly my favorite trip with my family and even with all the hullaballoo I would love to do it again. Hope you are doing great!

    Mama Hen

  9. I know what you mean, childhood trips have a magic to them. I remember our family took a huge road trip driving from Bay Area to Disneyland LA, Arizona, and Las Vegas. It was crazy memorable for sure!


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