Homework: Summer Road Trips
ANDREA SEABROOK, host:
We're back with ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Andrea Seabrook.
Now, your tales of summer road trips. For our Homework segment, we got lots of stories from broken down minivans to canoes barely secured to the roof. Roseanne Delong(ph) was one of eight children growing up. One year her parents rented a summer cottage on Sebago Lake in Maine, sight unseen. The big excitement - it had a game room.
For weeks, all the kids had visions of ping-pong, a pool table, or a piano. But Roseanne writes, the house turned out to be a huge hunting lodge and the game room came complete with about six moose heads, deer in various stages of antler growth, and taxidermied animals all over the place. She writes, all the children stood in the middle of the room screaming and crying.
Some tidbits of wisdom gleamed from your letters from Chris Lavin(ph) in Canyon, California used white chalk on vinyl to separate the backseat between siblings. And John Malinski(ph) of Hammond, Indiana notes that roadkill gets larger as one travels west. Huh. And then there's this from Gayle Girdman(ph). She and her husband, plus their two boys drove from Oregon to Joshua Tree, California on a camping trip.
Ms. GAYLE GIRDMAN (Traveler): My husband and I have one pup tent and the little boys who were four and one at the time were in the tent next to us. We were woken up in the middle of the night by our oldest son, the 4-year-old yelling, Alex, get off of me. And then just a few minutes later, Alex. But his voice sounded much further away.
We peaked out of the tent and the boys tent was rolling downhill. We had not in our, being so tired staked down the tent so we had to dash out, rescue the boys and from then on we have one adult in each of the pup tents when it was windy as that was.
SEABROOK: Important lessons learned on the road. Thanks to everyone for their great stories. For this week's homework, we'd like to hear about your dramatic and brave career changes when work takes a 180. Write to email@example.com. Or call the homework hotline at 202-408-5183. Tell us your story and give us a number where we can reach you. Again, it's firstname.lastname@example.org or the homework hotline at 202-408-5183.