Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nostalgia


Helped a neighbor load an ice chest into her car and we started reminiscing about traveling as kids. She is around my age and was off to visit grandkids.

She remembered water bags instead of ice chests and that started me remembering trips to Arizona with my parents and my mother’s parents around 1952.

We had a 1949 Ford V-8 three speed manual with overdrive. That car would cruise all day long at 80 mph. My Dad would tie two canvas water bags on the front bumper guards. That water would get cool, almost cold, from evaporation and tasted so good on a hot Arizona day. One time one bag slipped and was drug many miles before we stopped. No water from that one. Looking back I realized  Dad was smart to have two water bags along with a  5 gallon Jerry can in the trunk. He respected the desert. Said he remembered training in the Mojave during WWII.

We stayed in motels on these trips but cooked all our meals over an open fire along side the road. You would expect something different from ranch people?


My grandparent sold their ranch outside Saratoga, WY and retired to Cottonwood, AZ.  By that time I was off doing Army stuff so my wee sister had the fun of trips through Moab and Mexican Hat or the Monument Valley to visit them.

10 comments:

  1. I remember those from West Texas in the 60s too...

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    1. We used them during haying season.

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    2. I don't remember that, but I do remember Ollas on the porch and on the tractor...

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    3. Had to Google "Ollas" - never heard of them.

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  2. I loved those water bags. The water was cold but had a "canvas" taste. People also put them on their rear view mirrors. And so many memories going to see the Grandparents in Cottonwood and the d....d goat head stickers. Sisty

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    1. Knowing you, you slept most of the way.

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    2. And your point? Sleeping makes one thirsty.

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    3. Should have known I wouldn't get the last word.

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  3. Very cool. I don't remember water bags as you know...I can appreciate their antiqueness. LOL. Maybe you have a cute little neighbor to court, there? You devil.

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    1. Women want me for my body, as in, getting items off high shelves and lifting heavy objects. Otherwise, not so much.

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