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I believe Summer is probably the most traveled time of the year.

I’m certain some of that has to do with the weather being warmer and children being out of school. Many people request vacation time from work so it coincides with their children’s lack of school activities. Of course if you have children, there are always softball, baseball, and summer camps to contend with, but Summer seems to be the time most families try to squeeze in some time together away from the usual routine.

Our family sometimes did short camping trips to a nearby river site. Sometimes we drove to Kansas or North Carolina to visit grandparents. Once we pulled our homemade trailer all the way to Florida to visit the ocean. The guys went to the Daytona 500. We visited interesting sights all along the way, and then back home.

One can always expect the unexpected along the way though. Car trouble, trailer problems, sunburned children, those who can’t travel too far without having to have a "potty" stop, and hunger issues. You think you are totally prepared and have thought of everything before you leave, but there is always something that pops up.

There were times when I was driving the school bus, I would see all the campers and RVs going down the road and I couldn’t help but wonder where they were going, where they had been, and how long their trips would last.

Well, I have a certain niece and her husband, retired from NASA, from Florida, who make their trips across the country every year and they are on the road for months at a time. I believe they have visited probably every state in our nation and made friends and had fantastic experiences all along the way. They drive slowly and usually take the "back roads" so they can enjoy the scenery. If they feel like stopping somewhere, they do. If they want to ride bikes for awhile, they do. If they want to kayak along the way, they do. If they want to stop and pick berries in some orchard, they do. They have even found some painted rocks lately that are beautifully done and from unusual places. Their adventures leave the rest of us in amazement, but they are truly enjoying life to the fullest and making wonderful memories along the way.

Do you take time to enjoy our country? Do you spend quality time with your family away from the everyday work schedule? Are you doing some of the things you’ve always wanted to do that are on your "bucket list?" Life is shorter than we may want to admit. We never know what is next around the corner, so we need to take advantage of every moment and enjoy life to its fullest. If you haven’t planned a trip, why not take the time to do so. It doesn’t have to be long, expensive, or far away. Just a short trip to the lake or park or campsite. You will make memories to last a lifetime and bring yourselves into new relationships you hadn’t even thought of. Take advantage of the pretty weather and Happy Traveling.

Audrey B. Unruh is a local columnist, who can be reached at zwiebach@charter.net.

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