COLUMN: At this stage, it’s the destination, not the journey

A long drive home brings back road-trip memories for a Peace Arch News reporter

We were a big ‘road-trip family’ when I was a kid.

Nearly every summer, wedged between hockey camps for my brother and I, and work commitments for my parents, we would go on a family vacation.

Often, we’d head to northern California to visit family, and eventually – after what seemed like an eternity to the two impatient kids – we would reach Disneyland: summer vacation’s holy grail.

We always drove, usually with our tent-trailer in tow. Our entire journey would take about two weeks.

The idea that we would – or even could – fly directly to southern California never even occurred to me until I was older and encountered classmates who were just as confused by my family’s driving holiday as I was by their fancy air travel.

We’d take our time – stretching the trip south across a few days, stopping at whatever roadside attractions caught our eye.

• READ ALSO: COLUMN: Roughing it in the great outdoors

• READ ALSO: COLUMN: Cool reception for another brilliant idea

• READ ALSO: COLUMN: Getting back to nature not without it’s problems

As an adult, conversely, nearly all my vacations have involved flying, partly because we haven’t had the extended holiday time to drive, but mostly because I don’t have the patience of my parents.

Even without the pressure of having to make “good time,” those childhood trips were still long enough to rattle even the calmest, most composed children – which my brother and I were certainly not.

Parents know how those trips go.

“Are we there yet?”

“He’s looking out my window!”

“I have to go to the bathroom!”

We were no different. One summer, during which my brother and I had taken to collecting Topps baseball stickers, my forward-thinking mom bought what had to be hundreds of dollars worth of Topps packs. When we’d start to get a little fidgety, she’d toss a few into the backseat – like a trainer at Seaworld throwing fish to a couple seals – and peace would once again wash over the back seat.

I thought of that trip recently, as my wife and I made the long drive home from near the B.C.-Alberta border, where we’d been camping for a week with friends.

Rather than heed the leisurely lessons from my childhood, we just wanted to get home and into clothes that didn’t smell of campfire smoke.

We woke early and were ready to go before our friends were even out of bed.

We stopped once for gas, and at the urging of my wife, grabbed lunch, too, though I wanted to cancel all non-essential stops in the interest of time, in an attempt to win my race against no one.

Rest assured, it was not nearly as fun as those old trips to California.

Eventually, we made it home – hungry, tired and unshowered. I’m not even sure the clothes I was wearing were clean.

We didn’t stop for any baseball stickers, either.

Made great time though.

Nick Greenizan is a reporter at the Peace Arch News.



sports@peacearchnews.com

Visit us at peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIDEO: Hundreds of volunteers collect, wrap toys in Surrey at Sikh elementary school

Guru Nanak Free Kitchen, Sikh Academy partner together on annual toy drive

Road safety plan in the works for Surrey

Council to consider hosting ‘Vision Zero’ summit in new year

City of Surrey looks to reduce building permit wait times

Staff targeting a 10-week average processing time

Surrey considers 75% discount on senior rec passes, drop-in admission

Council to vote Monday on proposal to deeply discount rates for residents over 70

‘A promise is a promise’: Cloverdale lantern festival opens, two months late

After months of delays due to permit issues and uncooperative weather, Art of Lights finally opens

MAP: Christmas light displays in Surrey, Langley and beyond

Send us pictures of your National Lampoon-style lit-up homes, nativity scenes or North Pole playlands

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

Hundreds attend Hells Angels funeral in Maple Ridge

Body of Chad John Wilson found last month face-down under the Golden Ears Bridge.

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Gas prices to climb 11 cents overnight in Lower Mainland

Hike of 17 cents in less than 48 hours due to unexpected shutdown of Washington state pipeline

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

Most Read