Friday, October 24, 2008

Grizwald Family Vacation

The year was 1991. I was living at home, a junior at Georgia Tech. Becky and I were dating pretty seriously, but not yet engaged. Michael was just about to graduate from high school. And our family took one major trip out west in a rented RV. Our eighteen day tour took us from Georgia to Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and back home again. It was a monster trip with some monster time spent on the road.

Michael took most of the video, and it was clear when he taped the entire first four hours of driving that some major editing was going to be needed. Mike narrated the journey:

"That was exit 195."

"Exit 196."

"There's a gas station."

"Exit 197."

Mike said he wanted to record the whole trip. Ugh!

So, I've cut down the 90 minute "condensed" version that I had on VHS, to under 20 minutes, split into seven small, digestible clips. Here's the first, as we set off from Georgia, bound for Ponca City, where we visited with relatives before setting off on the major portion of our trip.

Listen closely near the end as an eleven year old Olech introduces his "Uncle Korn" as "Baldy himself." Priceless!

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