This week sure did fly by ... here it is time for Sepia Saturday once again. This week's theme photo shows a happy woman enjoying her time on the beach; and to me the beach means the ocean. Unless you happen to live in a town right by the ocean, you probably need to take a road-trip to visit there. (Just in case you wanted to try and follow my logic on choosing which pictures to post.)
So, here are some pictures of my Mom's family going on road-trips when she was young and living on Mayfair Lane, (the subject of last week's Sepia Saturday post).
My maternal grandparents, Floyd Albert Traylor and Florence Hedrick Traylor, loved to go on drives and spending time in the great outdoors. When their three daughters were young, they went on many family road-trips, and took pictures to remember the high points of each one.
I have been informed that the picture below is of Donner Pass, the place where the unfortunate Donner Party was stranded and had to resort to cannibalism when their wagon train was stuck for the winter:
One trip included a stop at Mt. Rose Summit, in Nevada:
Mardelle, Jody and Sondy walk along the beach with their father, my Grandpa T. What does Mom have in her hand? Is it a bag for shells, or is it kelp? Check out the grass growing on the dunes. There was a lot of debris on the beach that day. I wonder if there had been a recent storm?
What in the world is this structure? I thought it was made out of driftwood, but two of my Sepia Saturday friends assure me that those are deer antlers. Oh, Mom just sent me an email, and they are antlers, most likely in the town park in Jackson Hole, WY. The Traylors did make a trip to Yellowstone one year.
Aunt Mardy is looking quite stylish in her shorts and halter top, and Aunt Sondy too. I wonder what brand of pop that Mom is drinking?
Aunt Mardy, somebody's baby doll, Aunt Sondy and Jody are eager to re-enter Oregon. This must be near Klamath Falls.
Mom must just be to big for dolls, but the other two girls want to make sure that entering Idaho is documented with their favorite babies.
Grandma and Grandpa used to take us grandkids on drives too. Grandpa was a logger, and drove in the woods all week long. He would then would take Grandma to some of her favorite spots on the weekend.
Some of those drives were quite scary to my little bro and me ... the Buick station wagon would get need to be turned around on a logging road with a huge drop-off into a valley or ravine below. There is no such thing as a guard rail on a logging road. The two of us would hide on the floor and cover our eyes in fright. There were not even seat belts back then, and the floor seemed a safer choice to us. Sometimes we would get out of the car, and out of the way, just in case Grandpa might accidentally drive over a cliff. Grandpa never worried about it though; he had done things like that before in a log truck, so the station wagon was a breeze to him.
One time, Grandma got out while Grandpa was maneuvering the car to head back down a mountain, and we got out with her. She got out because she need to take a pee, and we were quite amazed at how much she had stored up. We later whispered to each other that it sounded like an elephant having to go. We were quite impressed!
One last photo for this post ... here is Jody, years later when us kids were small. On the Oregon Coast, using a diaper on her head as a scarf, and sticking by the main two beach rules in our family: "Cover your ears, and never turn your back on the ocean." Well, she probably turned around just for the picture.
So, there you are, my friends. If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories. To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar and read whatever else catches your fancy. Thanks so much for visiting!
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