Ah, the infamous Holiday Road Trip. I doubt I’m the only one out there who used to trek across the country in a “family truckster,” bound for a destination with the promise of extended family, huge turkeys, homemade fudge, a farm, an ugly cousin (or two) and a sneaky grandfather who couldn’t wait to take me out (at 10 years old) behind the barn to shoot squirrels with a .22 caliber rifle. My father bought some horrible cars over the years, but my favorite vacation vehicle of all time was the VW Micro-bus with the pop-top camping tent in the roof.
It sounded more like a tiny two-cycle outboard motor than any bus I’ve ever heard, it just sort of went “putt-putt-putt-putt-putt” as it eased on down the road. Nevertheless, we were grateful for the upgrade in space. The previous year saw all five of my family packed into an explosive Ford Pinto for a cross-country journey and it was awfully cramped. I learned to love and to hate my sister that year… Anyway, mom did a terrific job of arranging everything inside and packing all of the gear we needed to drive from
On Sunday, Christmas day, we were somewhere in extreme Western KS, I believe, (or Eastern Colorado, I forget which) and still significantly South of
As luck would have it, another family in a massive Kingwood Estate wagon (a “real” family road warrior), pulled alongside us thinking that since we were there, the station must be open! Of course, it wasn’t, but they graciously volunteered to pack all five of us into the car with them since they were headed to
Sometimes I wonder about that other family. What were they thinking? Today, in 2008, would you invite an entire family into your mini-van for several hundred miles?
This article was originally scheduled to give you tips for saving gas on your trip this year. But gas is cheap and Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so I regaled you with a humorous travel tale from my own past, instead. I hope you don’t mind… One gas saving tip I’d like to pass on involves hotel gas vouchers though, lots of hotels and motels offer them, but only if you ask. Call ahead and see if they have $25 or $30 gas coupons or vouchers, every little bit helps!