Summer Vacations Made Easy

Summer Vacations Made Easy

This little piece was written in 1927, when road trips were more of a novelty. In the current day when gas (and just about everything else!) is ridiculously expensive, short day trips are more reasonable on the budget. The author’s trips sound just as refreshing as a jaunt across the country, with the added bonus that you can sleep in your own bed at night!

Last year we took a vacation that lasted all summer and well into the autumn, and yet the actual “vacationing” took place on only one day each week. John and I both believe in the re-creating powers of an occasional outing, and since we could not leave our little farm for more than a day at a time, we hit upon this plan. Every Sunday morning last summer we were up before dawn and while I packed a well-planned lunch, John took care of the chores. When everything was in order for the day, our little car slid down the shadowy driveway and out into the open road and with what joy we went out to meet adventure!

Sometimes we had a trip planned, to some resort or beauty spot, a visit to a distant relative, to the mountains or the lakes. Or again we started out with no particular destination in view, just following any road that took our fancy. Sometimes after a strenuous week we looked for a quiet spot where we might just rest among Nature’s beauties. A fishing trip, perhaps. At least that is what we called it–even though our idle lines bobbed on the sunny waters all day long and we never caught a thing!

Each of these trips brought its little adventure, its bit of beauty, a lesson, an amusing incident, a lovely memory to store away and think about and discuss all through the following week. Our kodak album is filled with pictures that tell the story of each of those trips, and often during the winter we have taken them out and laughed and talked them over. And best of all, we never missed a Sunday at church all summer. It was always possible to find along the way a church of our denomination holding services sometime during the morning. We always came away refreshed, awakened, with some old truth or some new thought to take with us on our little journey.

4 Replies on “Summer Vacations Made Easy

  1. That is beautiful! Our family of six loves a good day trip, too! A good reminder to make more time for these little adventures.

  2. My husband and I have taken a few of those day trips and had so much fun!

    I used to take car trips with my mom and grandparents several times a year to visit family. About 1200 miles one way. They would take turns driving because we couldn’t afford a motel. How I begged to stay in the Arizona teepee motel just once..on Rte 66, I believe. We ate packed sandwiches, water from the Coleman thermos, always in a rest stop. I loved those trips!

    1. Road trips are still my favorite! We always had packed lunches, too–bagels, bananas, and water were our standard fare–and we never stayed at the fun motels, either! 🙂

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