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Topic: Car Trip (07/18/05)
TITLE: Oh, That Car Trip!
By Nell Berry
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Many years ago, when we were still vacationing, we took many car trips. That is the only way we could go. We couldn’t afford to fly and besides, my husband being a fishing enthusiast had all kinds of fishing gear to take with him when we went on a vacation.
We took a vacation down to Bull Shoals Lake one year and our neighbors and his sister and her husband took their camping trailers. Our neighbor had a Shasta camping trailer which was really nice. His sister had a camping trailer which was built by her husband. The first weekend of the vacation, our neighbor, his brother-in-law and my husband went fishing leaving the women and kids behind. That was the normal course of action. But we enjoyed the park and just visiting with each other.
The next week, our neighbor’s sister and her husband wanted to go on down to Arkansas to visit his brother and other relatives. Since we only had a tent and it had rained all night the night before, they suggested we sleep in their trailer which was dry. Everything in our tent had gotten wet.
The first night we stayed in the camping trailer, my husband set the alarm; a Big Ben alarm clock; he set it inside a metal dishpan. The next morning when that alarm went off, it scared the daylights out me and I began to yell at my husband to “turn it off, turn it off”. I yelled so loud and with the alarm being so loud it woke everyone in the camp. I never heard the end of that. I was teased for years about the alarm.
Another time we went to Minnesota. On the way up to Minnesota, we stopped and ate breakfast along the road at a rest stop. Our youngest son was just three years old. I remember carrying him, and as a matter of fact we have home movies of me carrying our son around while we were stopped at the rest area, because he was cold or something. I can’t remember what the reason was, but I look at my grown son now, who is over six foot tall and I can’t imagine that I ever carried him. But children do grow up.
While we were there in Minnesota, we experienced a water balloon fight the firemen put on every year as entertainment for the townspeople.
We went water skiing, or I should say the others went water skiing. I tried to get up on the skis but the water came up between my legs and hit me in the face about the time I was about to stand up on the skis and down I went; scared the bejeebies out of me. All I could see was my husband driving the boat and going away from me, leaving me in the water. I am not a good swimmer.
Naturally he came back and picked me up. But that was the end of my water skiing. Our friend, who had dentures at the time, left his dentures with his wife because he was afraid he would lose them in the water.
On the way home I took movies. My husband said when we got home and watched the movies those were the most interesting decals on the car window he had ever seen.
Thank Goodness for car trips, we would never have gotten to go on vacations if not for car trips.
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