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What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?

 
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What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
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I'm hungry. Are we there yet? lol
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That tall bridge in Savannah, Georgia. Signs for alligator wrestling in Florida and the smell of the paper plant as you crossed from Georgia to Florida.
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My mother would pack wonderful meals for us to stop and eat. At the time, you only saw Howard Johnson restaurants on Interstate 80. The food was expensive and we lost a good hour of travel waiting for food and eating. Oh yeah, everything was expensive in the state of Ohio. We made sure we had plenty of gas so we didn't have to stop. I really loved all those road trips we made to our grandparent's house.
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I just remember being on 1-10 going from Jacksonville to Cali and Texas taking fooooreeeevver to go through.

I also remember the first time going into western Nebraska/Eastern Colorado and seeing the Rockies in the distance and having that pang of wonder and excitement people have when seeing mountains in the distance when they'refrom the lowlands.

I love mountains so much, so much so that I moved to Florida.

Seriously though, I want out of Florida. But I love this state too much. I just wish we had mountains here.

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My mother would pack wonderful meals for us to stop and eat. At the time, you only saw Howard Johnson restaurants on Interstate 80. The food was expensive and we lost a good hour of travel waiting for food and eating. Oh yeah, everything was expensive in the state of Ohio. We made sure we had plenty of gas so we didn't have to stop. I really loved all those road trips we made to our grandparent's house.
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Yeah I loved that feeling of new places, and getting to the Rockies was huge!
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
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Yes New Jersey to California in a van pulling a trailer in the early eighties, what an adventure.
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My favorite memory was Stuckeys. I absolutely loved going in those stores abd getting taffy.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
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Cities and towns were separated by long, wide open undeveloped spaces.
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I remember my mom trying to drive in ridiculously fast traffic on the highway in Houston. The speed limit was higher than at home.
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That trees are tall and the sky is blue.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
My favorite memory was Stuckeys. I absolutely loved going in those stores abd getting taffy.
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Stuckey's either had a messed up B or they become Buckey's and they adapted a beaver I think as a mascot. They are common along freeways in Texas. I was told they were always Buckey's , but I too remember Stuckey's. And, they were great!
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We never went anywhere.grumpy2just stayed home until the fields were cut and the firewood was split then back to school.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
I remember Stuckeys and the Howard Johnson hotels. We had a large family and didn't take big road trips. But I do remember them taking us to Washington DC in the 70s. That was a long road trip with vehicle breakdowns dead of summer 6 kids pack In an old International Harvester suburban.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
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Stuckey's. I had an almost Pavlovian excitement arise at sight of a Stuckey's sign. It meant sodas, and pecan log rolls, and Stuckey's saltwater taffy, and shelves of those stupid souvenirs that seemed magical as a kid, like corncob pipes with a tourist city's name on it.

As a small kid, I remember everything being varied and different. Wacky roadside attractions and vegetable stands. But that's a thing of the past, it's not the unique, mom and pop owned world any more. Today, road trips are just hours of corporate chain signs passing your window, and you know the Target and Applebee's in Tallahassee are identical to all the rest you'll see between there and Chattanooga.

Speaking of Chattanooga, some of my favorite memories involve road trips where excitement qnd mystery would build with each "See Rock City" sign.

I miss the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, a road trip is ZERO fun...nothing unexpected ever passes by your window.
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Traveling to the boot heel of MO to visit family in the 60s and 70s was like time traveling back to the 1940s. Zero technology…besides 50s cars and electricity.
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My parents gave my sister and me each a roll of quarters (a lot of money to a kid back then). Each time one of us asked/said one of the standards (When are we going to get there? I have to go to the bathroom. I'm hungry. Etc.), she had to pass up a quarter. At the end of the three week trip, we got to keep the quarters we had left.

At one point, my sister preemptively passed up a quarter with her request to please stop at the next bathroom because she really had to go. She got to keep her quarter that time around though, because our parents were already planning to stop anyway.

This was long before gps devices. We had Rand McNally.

A cooler full of drinks, cheese, lunch meat, bread, crackers, and fruit.

The CB radio dad installed before we left home probably saved our lives at one point. It was nighttime and storming. A trucker travelling westbound was warning motorists heading eastbound of a wrong way driver. My dad pulled over just before the car came over the rise in the lane he'd just vacated.

And of course the standard backseat travelling games. Slug-bug, I spy, state license plates.

Good times.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
We went to the grocery store for food, eating out was expensive.

No motels, we camped.

The US used to have a lot of regional differences, especially in the South. Local stores and brands were a reflection of their ma and pa owners, not some faceless corporation.

I'll never forget Hep-R-Sef self serve gas in Alabama or Geogia somewhere South.

And all the confederate flags.

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That trees are tall and the sky is blue.
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The magical exotic smell of the desert. Mountains in the distance.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 83821368


Yes New Jersey to California in a van pulling a trailer in the early eighties, what an adventure.
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Our was in 85. Md to cali
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Motel pools. It’s how I learned to swim
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Tapping on dads shoulder letting him know he had about 10 seconds to pull over until I was gonna barf. Sometimes he’d stop on time, sometimes the car stunk of vomit. I never enjoyed the travel, just the destination. My little sister had the same issue, poor kid.
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How it sucked us four kids sitting in the backseat of a corvair.
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Noticed nothing.
Always carsick.
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Yellow, everything was yellow, nothing but yellow in my little world, which was the bed of a pickup with a topper that had yellow windows. So I sacked out on a chaise lawn chair. Every time I woke up I looked out the back window and all I was the trailer, Concord.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 83821368


Stuckey's. I had an almost Pavlovian excitement arise at sight of a Stuckey's sign. It meant sodas, and pecan log rolls, and Stuckey's saltwater taffy, and shelves of those stupid souvenirs that seemed magical as a kid, like corncob pipes with a tourist city's name on it.

As a small kid, I remember everything being varied and different. Wacky roadside attractions and vegetable stands. But that's a thing of the past, it's not the unique, mom and pop owned world any more. Today, road trips are just hours of corporate chain signs passing your window, and you know the Target and Applebee's in Tallahassee are identical to all the rest you'll see between there and Chattanooga.

Speaking of Chattanooga, some of my favorite memories involve road trips where excitement qnd mystery would build with each "See Rock City" sign.

I miss the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, a road trip is ZERO fun...nothing unexpected ever passes by your window.
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Yup every city/town is the same.
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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
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Cars didn't have seat belts. Also they had metal dashboards...

Mom always made fried chicken for us to take on the road and we would stop at one of the roadside rest stops to eat.

Burma Shave signs were always fun to read..... Also fresh fruit stands on the side of two lane highways.

just a few of the memories....

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Re: What did you notice as a child when your parents took you for that huge road trip across the country?
Mine was how big things got.
We went from east coast across the country visiting all the national parks and stuff.
I was 9 and it really changed me.

The usability of the forest with the bed of pine needles when we got to the Rockies the giant cliffs and mountains. It was like being in yogi bear land. Back east the forest was covered in cobwebs and mosquitoes. The feeling of being in the middle of the desert ( isolated) I loved it. It felt so clean even the air.

Also seeing that people lived differently. Some places had way more joy, happy energy.
It was like I was on kids acid.

Anyone have similar experiences?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 83821368


Stuckey's. I had an almost Pavlovian excitement arise at sight of a Stuckey's sign. It meant sodas, and pecan log rolls, and Stuckey's saltwater taffy, and shelves of those stupid souvenirs that seemed magical as a kid, like corncob pipes with a tourist city's name on it.

As a small kid, I remember everything being varied and different. Wacky roadside attractions and vegetable stands. But that's a thing of the past, it's not the unique, mom and pop owned world any more. Today, road trips are just hours of corporate chain signs passing your window, and you know the Target and Applebee's in Tallahassee are identical to all the rest you'll see between there and Chattanooga.

Speaking of Chattanooga, some of my favorite memories involve road trips where excitement qnd mystery would build with each "See Rock City" sign.

I miss the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, a road trip is ZERO fun...nothing unexpected ever passes by your window.
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