Cars of beauty and art:
1954 Hudson Italiano
Both Sherry and I were raised to be frugal. I guess most kids whose parents came thru the Great Depression were. Our parents recycled before the government decided it was a good idea.
I was raised to vacation in a tent or a real cheap ‘tourist cabin’, long before the motel became a common name. Many times the kids would sleep on the ground and the parents in the car. Vacations were not ‘Theme Parks’ but state and national parks to see and enjoy nature. Mama would cook on a camp stove or open fire.
Sherry and I did the same with our kids. Mostly we had tents and I built a portable cabinet with folding legs for the camp stove. I built one pop up camper. Later in life we bought a couple ‘travel trailers’. Once we had a VW bus camper it was fun in Florida, BUT NOT MOUNTAINS, it would not climb mountains.
As Sherry approached retirement we began to think of motor homes. I had this great idea of renting one for a month and traveling to see if we would like it. WHOA!! When I checked the month’s rental I told Sherry, “I think we can buy a small c-class camper for a little more than that, and if we don’t like it we can sell it and get most of our money back.” She agreed.
This turned into a great adventure. We met some wonderful folk as we searched. Once I knocked on a door in South Carolina in answer to an advertisement and Foster Brooks came to the door. I just looked at him for a minute. Quickly he did an acting line…. There was a pause and he said, “I am not THE Foster Brooks, I am an official Foster Brooks impersonator. And contrary to what most people think Foster does not drink and neither do I.”
We did not buy the camper, but he took me back to his barn where he was restoring a ‘T’ Model Ford. At that time he was making the wooden spokes for the wheels. What a joy to talk to him.
We finally did decide on a small Ranger, a ‘C class’ camper. The ‘C’ means ‘cab over the driver’. That is where our bed was. Some of our best trips were in the little Ranger, we loved it.
After just a couple trips we knew we wanted to see more of the USA and take our own bed with us. AND Just maybe, just maybe live in one full time.