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Welcome to Tumble Along Tales

Welcome to Tumble Along Tales

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Hi, my name is Karen. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Tumble Along Tales will be posting serious and humorous posts about travel after 50.  You are invited to follow me on my adventures.

I started traveling at a very young age.  My father had the travel bug.  Every year during Christmas vacation he would take us to Florida, California or Arizona where it was warmer than in our natural habitat of Wisconsin.  Air plane travel wasn’t his thing so we would pack up the car and drive to our destination. We approached every road trip as an adventure and usually it did not disappoint. The only time I can remember a big disappointment is when my brother and sister refused to stop fighting on the first day.  My father turned the car around and we went back home. After that we were well behaved and spent our days playing the alphabet game finding 1 letter on each road sign until we had all 26 from A to Z.  Along the way we would stop to see some roadside attractions.  One his favorite was the alligator farms. His other favorite was to stop at the side of the road next to a pasture full of cows and pull his bull horn.  We would get excited when the cow would come running to the fence and would scream for him to drive away in case they came through the fence. He would drive off laughing. We didn’t laugh so hard when he did this next to a pasture of Brahma bulls which didn’t find it in the least bit funny.  At times our trips were a lot like a National Lampoon vacation.

My husband and I continued the tradition of road trips including our honeymoon which was cross-country to visit with his relatives in Colorado and California. When the kids arrived, we included them in our adventures.  I occasionally took plane trips with the kids to visit their grandparents who were spending their winters in Florida. We really enjoyed the road trips and wanted our children to experience America as I had during my childhood. If we got lost, we saw it as an opportunity to see new things.  When our 3 year old daughter was chosen to be part of the bird show at Busch Gardens we were all thrilled.  When we all went on the flume ride at Busch Gardens and she almost flew out – not so thrilled.  Evidently it didn’t bother her at all. She now is a world traveler zip lining. skydiving, and swimming with sharks.  We have wonderful memories of the trips and our time together.

Now our children are grown and my husband and I are traveling on our own. We still take road trips but now we have discovered flying and cruising and it’s added a whole new dimension to our travels.  One thing that hasn’t changed, we still approach every trip as an adventure.

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