ah yes, we had a blue Ford station wagon. I remember driving from CT to NJ to see my grandparents. I and my 2 sisters would always sleep in the "way back". I remember waking up as we crossed over the George Washington Bridge one night, and marvelling at the lights! Thanks, Pete, for the nice memory
Aw yes the rides in the station wagon...every summer the family would load up in the station wagon to drive up to our cabin here in the Sierra, where I currently live, from San Francisco.
Dad would load most of the luggage on the roof and tie it down with rope...this was before the day of roof rack cargo carriers.
The dog or dogs would go in the very back...the kids, me and my two brothers and sister would all yell out "Shot Gun" which of course meant a window seat.
We always had to drive through Sacramento where the temps would often be over 100 degree's. Of course this was before air conditioning and rolling down the windows, yes actually hand rolling down the windows, didn't help much. So each of us kids had a wet wash cloth in a baggie that we'd hang out the window and then use to cool us down - it worked!
Now this was a four and one half hour drive so the parents had to come up with something to keep the kids entertained, no DVD's, no cell phones, no iPad's or iPod's...so we'd play verbal games. I wonder if anyone here ever played this game..."I'm Going To China and I'm Going To Bring..." The first person would say I'm going to China and going to bring a cow...the next person would say I'm going to China and I'm going to bring a cow and a bell...each person would have to say the complete list in the correct order until someone forgot and then they were out. The memory we kids had was pretty incredible...
When we drove by trucks we'd try and get truck drivers to blow their horns by bending arms and pulling up & down.
Or we'd drive by other cars and we'd all point toward their rear tire like something was wrong...terrible kids we were...the parents tried put a stop to this but kids will be kids...
We always made it, never an accident with the exception of running over the occasional porcupine.
Sorry Joyce...didn't mean to hijack your thread but Wendy just got the wheels turning.