It hasn’t always been that way. While I have never been out of the country except for a rare excursion inside the Canadian borders to simply say I had been there, all of my trips have been inside the United States. While growing up my family took trips to Disney World in Florida a total of 3 times. We took a trip to the mountains of Colorado when I was about 13 and another trip to explore the Wisconsin Dells. We explored all the hot spots along the way because we always went by car. I have never traveled any other way.
From the time I was about 11 until my mother’s death when I was 24, my mom and I went on the road a lot to see the Oak Ridge Boys. It was a load of fun and I got to see a lot of the country following their bus. My mom was simply addicted to them. If they were within a 24 hour drive away from the house we went…happily. Most weekends and every school vacation were devoted to road trips, concerts, and visits to the beach if the weather cooperated. If they were anywhere close, and even sometimes if they weren’t we went. The Oak Ridge Boys, Band, and Crew became like family to me. It was nice having that many “big brother” types about. We traveled along the east coast, in the south, up north, and all over the Midwest with them. It was a lot of fun and I have amazing memories from those years that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thanks to Face Book, I still stay connected with them all as they continue to tour and I take care of my family.