For some of you this might be a challenging thread, but for others, maybe not. I'm just curious if you remember your first road trip, and what was memorable?
My first road trip was when I was about 5 years old, and my brother was a baby. We got into my dad's car and drove from our home in the south suburbs of Chicago, down to Florida, over Christmas vacation. My dad was so anxious to get away from snow and cold, those 4 letter words. I remember being in the car for a very long time. I sat in the seat and my brother got to ride in a "car bed" (in 1962, few cars had seat belts).
I remember stopping at a motel and being amazed that you could use a bedroom and then leave the next morning. The only problem was, I left my pillow there (and my mom had to buy a new pillow and case when we finally got to our destination in Florida). I remember we drove for a long time and had to sleep in the car, because my dad and mom took turns driving. Recently I asked my mom, and she said we drove 850 miles until they were sure there wouldn't be any snow or ice to drive through, then they stopped at a motel. Also, that must have been the year that the doll Chatty Cathy came out, because I got one for Christmas. All the way down and back, I pulled that string and my dad and mom were entertained with "Please brush my hair" and other things that this talking doll could say.
About a year and a half later was our 2nd road trip, but it was our first with a travel trailer. My parents bought a 1959 teardrop trailer which had 2 beds (I had to share with my baby brother and keep him from falling out of the bed), one sink with a water pump, 1 small 2-burner stove and an ice box. We drove from our Chicago suburban home to NJ and stayed at Panther Lake. My dad commuted into NYC every day on the bus and we stayed and played at the lake. I believe that was the only road trip for that trailer, because it was replaced by another one shortly.