• Nancy Herndon

What's Cookin'

Updated: Oct 25, 2018

Traveling was always fun for me when I was growing up. Seeing new places, experiencing new food and sometimes different cultures. We usually borrowed my uncle's winnebago and hit the road. Dad always drove. Mom always cooked and quilted, I always read the map and stared out the window as we made our way down the road. Everything we needed was right there tucked away in the locking drawers and cabinets of our home on wheels. We saved a lot of money not eating out for every meal. Mom saved a lot of stress each morning by getting coffee into dad and breakfast into us before we had to actually get dressed for the day. Did I mention I wasn't an early riser? I'm still not.

Traveling in the winnebago was heavenly. If you remember, cars were a lot smaller back then. When traveling by car, you were typically allowed one suitcase because there were limitations due to trunk size. Depending on the type of car or how long you were going to be away ... well ... if you were relegated to the back seat you might possibly be squeezed in between a few suitcases or bags that just couldn't fit in the trunk. That usually didn't bother me. I always relaxed like a cat in the warm back window above the back seat. Sure glad buckling up wasn't mandatory back then. Oh the stories I could tell about pre-seatbelt days ... but I digress.

Taking a vacation was always fun and was made infinitely better when we brought the kitchen and living room with us in the winnebago. Why? Because we weren't crammed in to a small hotel room at night or when the weather didn't cooperate. We could move around. Everyone had their "space." Mine was typically the drop down bed above the drivers seat or the kitchen table working a jigsaw puzzle. Best of all, we enjoyed mom's cooking day in and day out.

Vacations have changed since the days of sedans being the largest car on the road and having to stay in hotel rooms. You don't need to bring the winnebago in order to have room to spread out. Vacation rental properties are popping up everywhere. Nowadays you drive to your desired destination, pull into the driveway, unpack the vehicle and guess what ... you're home. At least for the time being.

What do you do now that you've arrived? Maybe dig through the kitchen cabinets to see what's there, bounce around to each of the bedrooms like Goldilocks, check out the firepit in the back yard, get a feel for the lay of the land. Why? Because "You're home when you're here"

Haven't tried a vacation rental home yet? When is your next vacation? It doesn't have to be a long one, in many cities it is very common to rent a house for only two or three days. When is the last time you visited Fredericksburg or the Texas Hill Country? Why are you still reading this? Go to www.fbtxvacations.com and start planning your next getaway. Oh, and don't forget to buckle up.

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