Thursday, July 19, 2012
Traveling Thursday--Traveling in a Ford II
My Grandma and Grandpa Sampson started traveling July 9, 10 and 11, 1927. They traveled that first time in their 1921 Ford II with my mother, Thelma, 8, and my Aunt Lucile, 2, from Terre Haute, Indiana and slept in their tent in Okawawville Illinois (That's the name Grandma wrote down, but I've never seen or heard of it) From that time on summer vacations were spent with the 4 of them visiting the 48 states of of the Union. They slept in a tent by the road. They ate what they picked up to eat at the local stores. They looked in on places they could not afford rather than pay the fee. They waded in the ocean, stood at the mouth of the Mississippi, shot pictures dwarfed beside California's Great Sequoias, and everything in between. The 2 daughters were to each keep a journal. My mother, nearly 6 years the elder, took journal keeping seriously. Her sister? Not so much. She displayed her usual sense of humor, such as "You should have seen Thelma's face!" When the relatives heard the family was leaving again for vacation each year , they would shout alarms: "What if someone dies while you're gone? But strong they were and would not be undone by "what ifs". Traveling they went.