Reminiscing with Bubba about “gentle Sunday drives” with our parents, and the life lessons we learned as a result:
1) Orienteering — Dad often insisted he was turning onto the proper road, but we learned to develop a keen sense of direction so that we might actually arrive at our intended destination.
2) Pioneering — Dad just knew that an indentation was indication of ruts and therefore a proper road, but it was most likely just a low spot in the ground, as we discovered after several bumpy rides across country.
3) Engineering — Our Datsun B-210 being high-centered on a rock in the middle of one of those pioneer roads gave us a perfect opportunity to study the function of a fulcrum, and how difficult it can be to dislodge a well-balanced vehicle from said fulcrum.
4) Telling time creatively — Dad’s shortcuts gave rise to “two hours in to a half-hour trip” and a skittishness whenever someone dared mention how much time we’d save if we just took such-and-such shortcut.