The picture to the left is me, sometime in the late 70s/early 80s, at Santa’s Village in New Hampshire (can you see my cool rainbow suspenders?). Back in my childhood, my family would regularly take family road trips during school vacations – we’d usually travel to either New Hampshire or Niagara Falls. My parents would load up our Volkswagen Jetta (with a “shell-type carrier on the roof) with our luggage, pack a gigantic cooler full of snacks and drinks (which my sister and I would use as a footrest), and then head off on our journey. Of course, our trip was full of bathroom stops and cries of “Are we there yet?”. In fact, I can’t really even remember how my sister and I could have possible kept ourselves entertained. We had no handheld games, no DVD players, and no iPads. But I have fond memories of those journeys – it’s true that the road trip is definitely part of the vacation memories.
We visited Santa’s Village a few times, and I remember taking pictures in front of those fun characters – like the bunny pictured to the left – every time. Alamo asked me to write about family road trips then and now, and in my “now” post next week, you’ll see that I still visit Santa’s Village, but now with my own kids.
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