Posted by: Kirsten | Tuesday, 15 January 2008

All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt!

Turtle Graveyard -- Marmarth Research FoundationIt’s the dead of winter and all I can think about is our family vacations for later this year.  Included (if the budget holds up) are a Father-Son trip to North Dakota to dig up dinosaur and turtle fossils, a Daddy-Daughter trip to Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado National Parks, and a family trip somewhere else — perhaps Boston or the Outer Banks (somewhere within a half-day’s driving distance).

So now the hunt begins on things to do when we get there.  I scour the various Park Service web pages for ideas, looking for common themes since these trips are also school field trips, of course.  Google and Yahoo! searches help me look for things to do outside the NPS units.  Often we need to find campgrounds to use near the NPS areas that don’t offer camping, and that usually means a nearby state park, national forest, private campground, or cheap motel/b&b.  Most of our money is spent getting there and getting around, so visiting parks (low or no cost) and eating on the cheap are key components to a successful trip.

As I was brainstorming ideas and trying to come up with a rough agenda of what days we’ll be where, I stumbled onto this design-it-yourself t-shirt site.  What better way to pull all the pieces together into a wearable theme for our trips?  Here’s what I came up with so far — all combining images of my own with clip-art images from the website.

So you can be sure we’ll be wearing our t-shirts during our trips.  The family trip will have some silly slogan like “Lost in Boston 2008” or “The Soak in Okracoke (No Joke) 2008”  Got a big family trip planned for this year?  Memorialize it on some matching t-shirts!

Parke Diem!
— Jon


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