Our family went on many vacations. For the most part they were great. The bus ride, the campfires, the beach house rental when we drove the convertible Lincoln Continental up to Aptos, the trip to Canada, only to stay for one night! But one in particular was the car trip from California to Minnesota. We were visiting Carrie Lou (nickname used out of pure endearment) while she was working, I think as an intern, but I could be way off. It was 1973 and I was a freshmen in high school, or was just about to be one. So I was certainly more interested in anything else besides older family siblings and what they were doing. None the less, Mom and Dad made a vacation out of it. I remember well (or at least I think) that Patsy kept this journal. It was a spiral notebook and the title was “It’s my opinion and nobody can change it.” That sums up the trip. It may even sum up what it’s like living as part of a big family.
It would be hard for me to suggest a favorite vacation. I’ve mentioned Wilsonia already and the ones depicted here. I’m trying to recall the others. There was the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, but that was without Mom and right after Dad had passed away. There was no Facebook to keep track on a timeline, but with 12 minds working together (cough, cough), I’m sure we could recall most all of them. At least that’s my opinion. I wonder where that notebook is today.