Week 20: #52 Ancestors – Travel
By Eilene Lyon
My grandparents, Laurence and Clare Smith, traveled to visit my family wherever my dad happened to be stationed. And when Laurence retired from his job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, Arkansas, they bought an Avion trailer, moved “home” to Portland, Oregon, and became snowbirds. They always pulled the trailer with a car, generally a Buick.
Usually they took the trailer to California and Arizona, but they also explored the northwest, on up into Canada. They traveled more widely, too, leaving the trailer at home. Wherever they roamed, they sent postcards. I thought I’d share some of them.
In 1974 they took a couple trips to British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
These are from various trips to California and Arizona. The first one cracks me up. I remember when they were die-hard Lawrence Welk watchers.
In 1980, just a few months after they watched Mount St. Helens erupt, they went on a cruise/bus tour of Alaska.
They made a visit to Orlando, Florida, in 1986 and sent this card from Epcot.
Feature image: “Springtime in the Valley of the Sun” a postcard sent by my grandparents from Arizona in 1976.