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Continued: Van-loads of fun in the USA

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 5, 2013 - 1:44 PM


Q: What’s been difficult?

A: Spending seven to 10 days together in close quarters, driving hundreds of miles in single days, in multiple cities, and lodgings certainly challenges family civility at times. Don’t kid yourself that it’s all going to be perfect — it won’t be. I’ll never forget the drive home from the Badlands of South Dakota. We decided to do it all in one day. This was our first trip and the kids were young. It was the worst ride we’ve ever had — too long, too tired after a week of visiting multiple states, too hot, and so on. Our neighbors came over as soon as they saw us pull into the driveway. They took one look into our eyes and heard the kids in the car and said, “Oh my!”

On the New England trip, Angie read about a lobster shack in Wiscasset, Maine [Red’s Eats]. Well, you can’t leave Maine without that, can you? We drove hours out of our way to get there and waited nearly two hours in line to get served. Once our lobster rolls finally came, all but Angie gave the thumbs down. Who ever heard of cold lobster? Angie ended up eating about three lunches so that not as much went to waste, and the rest of us ended up walking across the street and getting a bunch of candy from a gift shop. It’s become a legendary story in the family, with the exaggeration for how long we drove and how long we waited in line getting a bit bigger with each passing year.


Kerri Westenberg • 612-673-4282


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