Thursday, October 17, 2013
Bingo on wheels
We're on the move today, which means long hours in the car. It seems every time a bigger road trip is in the works, we stumble upon this...
When I was a kid, we didn't go on road trips that were too long or required too much to keep me occupied. I was more than content to look out the window and take it all in. I don't remember asking "are we there yet?" to a degree that would exercise my parents "vacation elbow." I think the only form of entertainment I had was "dancing" to the beat of the raised asphalt lines every few feet on the freeway. I would use the "beat" of the sound of the tires going over them to see if I could tell if they were spaced the same distance apart.
When the Mr was a kid, it was very much like National Lampoon's Vacation. His parents loaded up three kids in the family truckster with their auto bingo and other things to keep them entertained for long, car-centric trips. I've heard many stories about the oldest sib ruining trips and even being sent home by plane so the rest of them could enjoy their vacation. (And they did with them out of the picture. It's ironic this sib now takes their own children to the same places they ruined for the rest of the family and raves about "good times" had there as a kid. Mmm hmm.)
As adults, we plan road trips by seeing if there's anything interesting along the way like movie locations, cheesy tourist attractions or more importantly some kind of wood cut out where you poke your head through the hole. It's "our thing." If there's one of those penny crusher machines that embeds a picture on a flattened penny when we get to our destination...all the better. Oh and yes, I would totally stand over a kid who is just playing with the crank not actually buying anything until they felt uncomfortable enough to leave. Outta my way junior, I have an otter to smash on a penny! I still find myself just looking out the window taking it all in while the Mr drives. We try to keep a road trip no longer than 7-8 hours but 10 is our absolute cut off before we go a little stir crazy and start turning on each other. I don't think we should reach that point today.
Do you like road trips? What is your cut off for the amount of time you'll spend in a car? What did you do as a kid on family road trips?
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