Bringing back old-school family vacations

Bringing back old-school family vacations

We are so impressed by our friends, Matt and Jennene Anderson, who still take their three kids on old-school family vacations. You know the ones – where you load the kids in the family truckster and drive across the country to explore new cities, visit National Parks, learn about history, and try not to make anyone cry.

The Anderson family sets out on a road trip in summer 2016.

Last summer, the Andersons reviewed their travel map and decided they’d explore some of the southern states they had not yet seen.

The Anderson family colors in states they’ve been to after each trip. This is what their map looked like before their summer trip in 2016.

They sent us several postcards from their road trip, including the first postcard from the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is a National Park Service unit authorized in 1935 to commemorate St. Louis’s role in the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century.

In addition to the 630-foot stainless steel Gateway Arch, the site also includes a Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse, scene of the Dred Scott case, which is a major landmark in the story of the Civil Rights movement in the United States.

Next, the Anderson family sent us a postcard from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

They had never been to Nashville before and were so excited to see the historic Ryman Auditorium. The family’s next stop was Atlanta, Georgia, where they caught up with some friends and visited the Georgia Aquarium.

They wrote that Matt was not a fan of the traffic in Atlanta, which is understandable, considering his daily commute to work in Nebraska is approximately  two minutes.

The last stop on the Andersons’ adventure through the south was Bourbon Street in New Orleans — or what their youngest, Grace, referred to “crazy street.”

This summer, the Andersons are exploring the Mountain West and we are hoping they send us some more postcards. We have to say, it is so refreshing to see families who still take vacations like these. It really demonstrates that you don’t have to book plane tickets, visit amusement parks, or jet off to a tropical resort to have a great time together.

Matt and Jennene are both great teachers in our public schools here in Crete, Nebraska (Matt teaches high school science and Jennene is a middle school music teacher). We’re even more impressed by the incredible lessons they are teaching their own children about the history of our country,  the value of exploring new places and things, and the joy of spending quality time together as a family.

(*Vacation photos courtesy of the Anderson family)

When you’re traveling next, send us a postcard at: Postcard Jar, P.O. Box 334, Crete, NE 68333.

As always, thanks for sharing!

Postcards from the Pipers

Postcards from the Pipers

Ben and Nikki Piper are two of our best friends and were so happy that they were able to take a quick getaway this summer with their young children and Ben’s parents, Martha and Steve. For their family vacation, they drove from their home in Crete, Neb., to beautiful Colorado. They stopped at the Garden of the Gods where they explored the natural beauty of this dramatic landscape. I had never seen pictures of this incredible place, so thanks for sending us a postcard, Martha and Steve!

Garden of the Gods

As we already knew, the Pipers love visiting zoos. In fact, we got our very first postcard (from someone we weren’t related to) from Ben and Nikki when they visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.

Piper Family at the Zoo

This trip, they went to the Denver Zoo where they got to see all of their daughter, Brynlee’s favorites, including horses, zebras, and elephants.

Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo

The third postcard we received from the Piper family was from Sterling, Colorado, which is home to the North Sterling State Park, the Overland Trail Museum, the Annual Suger Beet Days Festival, and lots of other outdoor activities. Ben and Nikki loved the mild temperatures there and the escape from the constant humidity we experience during the summer in southeastern Nebraska.

Sterling, Colorado

Sterling, Colorado

Thanks again, Ben, Nikki, Brynlee, Ryker, Martha, and Steve for thinking of us while you were on vacation and for sending us all these great postcards! We hope you have many more amazing family vacations like this one.

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