I've been on 2 road trips back to back this Summer. We went for 10 days from Dallas to Myrtle Beach, then we came home for a week and left again for another 10 day trip to Orlando with a stop in Destin for a few days on the front end.
I've enjoyed all of it but I'm ready to be home and sleep in my bed. But it got me thinking about some of the road trips I took as a kid and teen.
I've always loved a road trip, except the one I took Spring Break of 1991. Me and about 20 friends were going to caravan down to South Padre Island, Tx. The trip down was AWESOME!! The trip back…not so great. That's a LONG post that I'll share at another time.
The road trips I took as a child were THE BEST!! When I was a child, we ALWAYS took a road trip every Summer. We would pile in the Station Wagon, or our ugly multi-striped blue Dodge van, and we had an Oldsmobile at one point that we would go in. We would travel to meet friends and family in various parts of the country. We traveled to Nashville several times, Memphis’ Graceland, Phoenix, Connecticut and all areas in between! We were cross-country travelers!
All of those trips were great, but the trips and stories that have gotten the most attention and laughs from our friends, were the ones that my sister and I took when we were really small. Our friends never believed us when we told them that my Big Daddy, (our Mom’s father,) had purchased a Yellow School Bus, and gutted it so we could take family vacations in it. When I say family vacations, I'm talking about: my parents, my sister and me, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, my great aunts, and the preacher of our church and his wife and half the congregation of the small Southern Baptist church we attended.
My Big Daddy had not only gutted the inside, but he got lawn chairs and bolted them to the floor-safety first. I'm seriously not even joking, y’-all, but wait, it gets better. He also had a card table put in the back for the guests to play dominoes while we were rolling down the road, because what road trip would be complete without a mean game of “42.”
We had a playpen in the back for my sister and I to sit in for naps or playing AND a high chair for Misti was conveniently placed up front so she wouldn't miss anything while she was eating (she had major FOMO before FOMO was a thing.). We also had the obligatory ashtrays for every guest, and ice chests with homemade tuna salad, lunch meat, and cold drinks. We ALWAYS ate what we brought and NEVER ate out on road trips! My Big Daddy wouldn't eat anything my Mema didn't fix!
None of our friends ever believed us when we told them these stories, but THANK YOU JESUS for my sister!! While she was moving, that's another story found HERE, she found the album with the pictures to prove our crazy road trip stories! I hope you all enjoy this story and laughing at our childhood and our pictures! Tell me your crazy road trip story!
Enjoy the pics below, hover for captions. I apologize for the quality of the images, they are probably 40 years old!
My name is Dawn McKee. I live in Royse City, Tx with my husband, Billy; 2 boys, Grant (away at college) and Grayson, who is almost 11; and our 13 year old Labrador, Jewel. I've never passed an Estate Sale I didn't break for, and I HAVE to have my morning coffee...ALL DAY!!