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Aug 17, 2007
More than half the fun of a vacation trip is in anticipation; especially if your family has youngsters in it. At least, that's the way it is with us. If the whole family becomes interested in a coming vacation the trip itself is more enjoyable for everyone concerned. We try to bring our travel interests out of the abstract into the concrete long before vacation time arrives.

When our third-grader comes home from school and says, "We're learning about Indians," he starts something. When he tells of some of the interesting things he has learned of Indian lore someone pipes up, "What fun to visit an Indian reservation this summer!" At that the bars are down. Opinions fly thick and fast in good old family style.
After days of discussion, pro and con, we agree that a trip to the Navajo country would be fun that land of fifteen million acres where tall men and graceful women weave the famous Navajo rugs.

The fascinating pastime of gathering information is on. Daddy brings home travel folders from the railroad and plane companies that tell how best to reach the Navajo country. Jim, our oldest, who is history conscious, brings home library books on background stories of this Indian tribe. Sometimes we read these stories and sometimes Jim reads them and tells us about them.

Fourteen-year-old Bob, the family mathematician, looks up the various routes by which a present-day family can visit the colorful Navajos. He then figures mileages and costs. He compares the advantages of travel by plane, by rail, or by car. He finds out the various scenic spots to be found on the way.

Grandma, whose interest is music, looks up old Indian songs and brings to us either in record form or piano music some of these songs that we can hear and learn. Closely connected with the Indian songs are the Indian dances and legends. The younger boys love to beat out the Indian rhythms on the drum. Not to omit anything we learn some Indian war calls and let the youngsters whoop it up (when they are in the basement).

We discover that our public library has an extensive Indian display in their museum. We find fascinating Indian relics at the museum of our State University. Trips to museums are so much more fun for youngsters if they have a definite purpose in making the visit. A forth-coming birthday brings a gift of a stereoscope with a set of third dimensional pictures of the Indian country. The entire family from the oldest to the youngest enjoy looking at these and they make an ideal quiet-time activity for the youngsters.

Incidentally we find our travel interest a help during a siege of chicken pox. The youngsters cut out from the various travel circulars we have accumulated pictures illustrating our vacation trip-to-be, and paste them into an inexpensive scrap book. They print or write under each picture a few facts concerning the picture.

When the question of clothes for the trip arises Tommy is all for wearing only Indian feathers and war paint. However, with the help of the older boys we are able to persuade him to dress more in keeping with the white man.

Yes, it is very true that when all the kids and parents are involved in planning for vacation trip, you will definitely have great family fun.
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