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Road Trips – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History
April 10th, 2012 by Jessica

Week 36: Road Trips. Describe a family road trip from your childhood. Where did you go and why? Who was in the car? How did you pass the time?

My New Glasses (1986)

My New Glasses (1986)

The biggest road trips of my youth were to Walt Disney World in Florida in 1987 and then the infamous trip “Out West” in 1989 with Grandma and Grandpa, aka Duane and Florence Cole. During both trips I was along for the ride with my cousin Christopher in Grandpa’s Winnebago RV.  In 1994 DaD, Kathleen, Ashley and I went to Washington D. C. for a few days.

Other than that, our family spent a lot of time driving between our home in Bridgeport, Michigan and Valparaiso, Indiana where my DaD’s side of the Cole family still lives today. The journey took about 5 1/2 hours at the time, before parts of I-69 and I-94 were built when we had to take smaller state highways.

Kathleen and I would pass the time by playing The Alphabet Game in the back seat.  She always won.  In fact, I was endlessly frustrated that she always won.  Eventually my Mom picked up on the fact that I couldn’t see crap, and took me in for an eye exam when I was 8 years old.  After I got glasses, I was able to properly compete with Kathleen in the back seat.  By then, my Mom had moved out and the trips to Indiana started to slow down.

If it weren’t for those road trips, it might have taken my parents a lot longer to figure out I was practically blind.  How was I supposed to know?  It seemed normal to me.

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