It was a simple question Sam put forth, and it elicited a lot of chuckles from some older guests nearby. However, he posed it at a perfect location, The Henry Ford Museum. Over the next hour, I found out that there were artifacts for a lot of answers to that question.
|This is obviously a 1984 Voyager. My family had a 1990 Grand Voyager (with faux wood paneling, too).|
|My family never drove a Taurus (we were Chrysler people). But I remember when these sedans were ubiquitous.|
|Remember these games from the 1980s?|
|A Gen X girl's bedroom.|
|A Gen X boy's bedroom.|
|TVs from three eras. I was able to tell the kids that, from left, there were TVs from great grandmother's, grandmother's, and my (!) eras on display. Good grief.|
There were also some great exhibits about life along the roads, including a mockup of a Holiday Inn motel. I remember the end of the era in which those standard Holiday Inn motels dotted the landscape.
|Caroline poses in front of the motel.|
|The kids both thought the motel reminded them of where we stayed in Mackinaw City.|
|I miss these marquees.|
The Henry Ford was our final intended site for our eccentric vacation. It didn't disappoint. Rather, it baffled. The historic sites on this trip were excellent and at some point I have to get around to writing on them. But fatigue from our 14 days on the road showed a bit today and it's time to go home.
As I anticipate a somewhat long drive tomorrow (9 hours, I think) I'm thinking a bit about how long we've been out. It'll be a total of 15 days when it's all said and done. I'm glad we did it, though I don't know if we'll put together something this eclectic next year. As for the 2014 road trip, the only thing I wish I had done differently was spend one less day at Mackinaw City and one more day in Traverse City. Otherwise, I'm happy and excited rather than relieved to get home.