Summer Weekend Trips

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by susiestar, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    When I was a kid my mother took us on a lot of day trips to go see different things in the area. Sometimes it was an hour each way and sometimes it was much longer. even when we didn't go to any business but instead went to see the Indian mounds or a state park or something, those are some of my favorite memories. we were dirt poor back then, so we did not stop to eat anywhere. Drinks were dispensed from a 2 gallon thermos with a spout or else mom put kool aid or lemonade mix into a gallon size ziplock and added water from a water fountain or the thermos in the car. We often had a cooler of ice with peeled hard boiled eggs, carrot sticks, celery, etc... and peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwiches. I honestly think we enjoyed them at least as much as we would have enjoyed McDonalds. Of course we had no clue that we were poor, lol.

    Anyway, OH has a LOT of stuff to do. I was watching some clips of the show Unwrapped and realized that the Spangler Candy Co is in Bryan, OH. If it is possible to take a road trip there during the week, they have factory tours that I think a LOT of our kids would enjoy. Who wouldn't enjoy seeing them make those Saf-T-pops, Dum dum pops, smarties or circus peanuts?

    They have all the info on their website - - this link will take you to info about the tour and museum.

    WHile this company is the one that made me think of this. I am sure that there are other companies that would give you a tour if you looked them up. If your kids really are interested in something, why not call or look them up online to see if you can find a factory tour? THey were something we enjoyed as kids, esp of ice cream factories! There are also books out there with info on companies that have tours.

    I just thought that we have quite a few members in/around OH and this might be a fun getaway for them and it might inspire others of us to find companies in our area or near where we will be taking a trip. By taking us on these short trips my mom taught us that we could handle changes in itinerary, trips, and outings. She didn't start with someplace far away, but worked us through them. Taking lunch helped us learn that it was okay to be in a new area - not everything would be different. She also gave us each a map and had us follow along the route we took so we knew where we were and how far we had come. We learned a lot of map skills this way too. (Mostly she gave us each maps to keep us busy so we didn't clobber each other. We were also the first family on our block to have seatbelts - mostly to keep us from clobbering each other too! lol!)

    I know we have kids who don't handle change well, so plan this a few days or a week ahead. Or, if your difficult child is older, maybe trips like this would be good with a younger child to give them a bit of a break from the older one, or a special thing for a difficult child to have the one on one time. Esp if you can take a friend along for the one who goes with you. For some reason we always behaved far better if one of us had a friend along. Didn't seem to matter if it was my friend or my bro's, we both behaved far better if they were with us. Same was true for my kids and I still don't know why, lol!

    What are you all doing to pass the long, hot days of summer?
  2. 1905

    1905 Well-Known Member

    Those are the best times, aren't they? This summer I'm working in the ESY program, it ends at 12:30. I plan on going to the beach right from work, ALONE! One kid will be at work, the other is 17 and isn't a big fan of the beach, but I am planning on reading my book and swimming in the ocean, YEAH! Usually I only went on the weekinds, and I dragged along husband, and everyone...forget that though. I need peace. I've waited my whole adult life to be able to go here alone.

    People pay a lot of money to vacation at the beach I go to, I'll spend every day ther for free. I know a clandestine parking lot that is 4 quarters for 8 hours, and I'll bring my lunch.
  3. shellyd67

    shellyd67 Active Member

    We plan on spending some time at the beach and I will plan a few days trips as well.

    There is a really nice lake with- tire swings and picnic areas about an hour away. I would love to take the kids there for a day.

    I also remember those day trips we used to take in our old green Chevelle... It was hot as heck and we also packed thermos and sandwiches ... Ahhh... those were the good ole days !!!!
  4. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Thermos, sandwiches... Nostalgia has just grabbed me by the throat!!!

    It wasn't Disneyworld. It was White Sands and sliding down the dunes on a flattened cardboard box. Or getting a drink from the fountain at Fort Bliss to hear Charley talk - Charley was a horse-shaped tree above the fountain. Or playing in the arroyos, walking around in the desert. Swimming at the Hilton. (We had season passes there... The pools are now long gone, more's the pity. I think the passes for the three of us - me, Mom and Dad - cost $10. Total. But this was 30 years ago!) And Carlsbad Caverns...

    Hanging out at my grandparents and picking peas with Grandma, napping after lunch with Grandpa. And the one summer I got to fly (!) to Houston to see my friend K, whose parents were in a NASTY custody fight and she was temporarily living with her Grandparents. (It was the one and only time I played golf on an actual course. I hated it.)

    Riding in the back of my Grandparents' station wagon to Santa Barbara to see their friend, getting to go to Hearst Castle and Solvang...
  5. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    How did any of us actually survive our childhoods drinking from hoses and riding bikes without helmets and riding in the backs of station wagons or the backs of pickup trucks? LOL.
  6. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    ...Lead paint on our cribs, no bumper pads on the coffee table...