Across the US in 1964
In 1963 my father bought a travel trailer. It was the start of many adventures for my family. At first we visited may historical sights within a days drive from our New York home but on the following year we spent 5 week traveling cross country visiting everything from bull fights to caves. During that trip we stopped at every National park, national monument and historical site we could on the southern route heading West and along our northern route heading back home. We nearly flipped the whole rig over at the Grand Canyon. We saw a thunderstorm from above at that location. My mother and I swam the Merced river at Yosemite and watched when they used to build a fire at the top of the falls and pushed the burning logs over in the dark. At Yellowstone we fed the trout and caught some, sat and waited for old Faithful and collected various rocks as souveniors. At Sequoia we managed to collect some sugar pine cones (after being cloppered by one) and walked through a forest of giants. My brother fished the Snake while the rain drowned us out. But who cared, what a view.
We stopped at Carlsbad, to watch the bats and see the blind fish plus went to Mammoth cave. we saw the petrified forest and devils tower but did not see any aliens. Our car window was knocked out on the way to the Alamo and we blew out a head gasket in death valley. On the way up Pikes peak we nearly lost the rig while sliding on hail. We got so camp got set up and taken down in under 15 minutes so we could spend time exploring and witnessing the essence and majesty our country has reserved for us at up to 500 miles a day stopping at every roadside marker sign.
Our adventure was fantastic and the greatest gift any parent could give to their childern. In this day and age it would nearly be an impossible task in that most of us will never accrue the vacation time to manage such a trip. But maybe with some luck I can do this for my grand children.
During the trip we took over 400 slides of which I am currently digitizing. When finished each of my children and my brother's children will get a DVD with photos and naration so the gift my parents had given to us can continue for generations past them.