Is the "Sunday Drive" dead in America?

Jun 28th, 2008, 11:24 PM
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If she's going somewhere fun (which is what this thread is about), yes she does. My guess would be that the children of most people who frequent this board (a travel board) do enjoy traveling, even if only on a Sunday drive. And I'm happy to say neither my kids nor any of their friends would rather be sitting in front of a video screen (I'm guessing you mean video games) rather than out doing something. Perhaps the ones you know have never been exposed to anything more stimulating.

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Jun 28th, 2008, 11:38 PM
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Oh my gosh I love this thread!! Memories are sweet. We always went on "drives". I grew up in the "OC" back in the 70's. We would jump in the car and see where the wind would take us...perhaps my parents had a plan, but I don't know. We would drive down to San Diego, up to Julian, out to the desert( to shoot aluminum cans). We always had fun! I think my dad always had a bit of wanderlust and this was his way of dealing with it. I still get the itch every couple of weeks to jump in the car and GO! It really doesn't matter the's the trip that counts! We are going tomorrow! I feel very inspired! Thanks.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 11:41 PM
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As for her being 22 and thinking a ride in the car is a treat, I'm 55 and, depending on where I'm going, I think a ride in the car is a treat!
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Jun 29th, 2008, 04:53 AM
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Maybe places could start promoting the Sunday bicycle rides instead.

I often went on Sunday drives after church with my friend K's family. They were not to parks or educational/cultural places: instead, we drove around aimlessly, looking at other people's houses. Mostly criticizing and making fun of them (this was in the PA Dutch country, where people do classic fieldstone houses very well, but when they attempt to become more avant garde, the results are more often than not...amusing failures). We used to count how many houses had that statue of a black jockey holding a lantern in their front yard. You NEVER see them anymore, where did they all go?
Aside from the catty house critiques, it was a relaxed, family time, where we chatted about nothings, letting the week's tensions just drift away along the back roads.

After my friends and I got our licenses, we did the same thing on our own. With four or five of us in the car, we'd set out on a back road. Every time we came to an intersection, we would take turns deciding whether to turn left, right, or stay straight. We got to know the countryside extremely well that way. We could drive for hours in M's parents' Caprice and still have spent only a few dollars on gas.

I don't know anybody who does that anymore.
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