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Old 05-03-2016, 07:43 AM   #1
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Historic Motoring Log

After moving into our new home and unpacking many things that have been stored, I came across a log of my Grandparents travels. One I was really drawn to is dated Oct. 18th, 1941. This when they left San Francisco heading to Mexico City. What I was unaware of is at that time the only way to drive from the U.S. to Mexico City was you had to cross into Mexico from Texas. The log shows them paying anywhere from 22-25 cents a gallon for gas, and then 12-15 cents in Mexico. Camping fees of .50 cents, but usually found free places to camp. What REALLY blew me away was they went a total of 6,650 miles, we're gone a little over a month, and their TOTAL expenses were.....$262.85!!! There are other trips dating from 1937 of trips to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Port Angeles, WA., and many other places. I even found pictures from the 20's of more of their camping adventures throughout the west. I wish I had a way of sharing some of these amazing photos of the way they used to camp, and their early trailers. I guess it's hereditary, since my parents RV'd, and I do to. I hope I haven't bored anyone, I Just thought I'd share what I found.
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Very cool! It would be great to see some of the pictures though. You don't have a phone or camera? It might be a good idea to get the pictures backed up digitally anyway.......hint, hint.
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I was going to scan and post some of the pictures, but through the years I've used up my allotment of space to post them.
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I was going to scan and post some of the pictures, but through the years I've used up my allotment of space to post them.
You could post them on a free site and link them in. Interesting story.

A quick lookup on the value in today's dollars means they spent around $4,200, which isn't really that cheap. That was still a bite in their wallet back then.
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You could post them on a free site and link them in. Interesting story.

A quick lookup on the value in today's dollars means they spent around $4,200, which isn't really that cheap. That was still a bite in their wallet back then.
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Thank you for sharing! I would love to see the pictures.
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Great find! Take a look at this site, you can upload your photos and link to them like this.

http://photobucket.com/
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Thanks for sharing, I remember back in the day my Parents would take us to the Colorado River with our boat and go boat camping. For a whole week, including gas for both the Truck and the boat, and food, came out to about $100. Those were the days, I love looking back at those photos.
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Very cool. I too used to go camping in a tent then a tent trailer with my parents back in the mid 60's up to Oregon and Colorado and down to San Felipe. I guess we did not take many pictures so if you have those that is great to look back and see what the history holds.
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Very cool. I too used to go camping in a tent then a tent trailer with my parents back in the mid 60's up to Oregon and Colorado and down to San Felipe. I guess we did not take many pictures so if you have those that is great to look back and see what the history holds.
San Felipe? Now that brings back more memories. Remember that wide dirt road that started just below Ensenada, and went all the way to San Felipe? Of course this was long before the gringos started going to Cabo. I was born and raised in the Chula/Imperial Beach area. It looks like we were going to the same places as kids.
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Great find! Take a look at this site, you can upload your photos and link to them like this.

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I'm not very computer savy, but I'm going to try and get these photos posted so they can be enjoyed by others. Traveling the way my grandparents did, and in the vehicles they had at a time when roads weren't all that great, was more than a trip...it was certainly an adventure.
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The journal and photos would be a great magazine article.
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In the process of scanning and entering the photos into my computer, I realize I have a lot of the same pictures, like Yellowstone & Glacier, but with an 80 to 90yr. difference in time. I'm going to try and compile some of them side by side. The more I dig into this the more fascinating my Grandparents have become. I came across some pics of them in Hawaii in 1917 standing on the beach at Waikiki with Diamond Head in the background. What's really cool is there's no hotels to be seen, just palm trees. And my Grandmother standing there with a surf board that must be 10 to 11 foot long. I had no idea they were so adventurous so long ago. Just goes to show you, don't underestimate the old fogies. Now I'm wondering if a travel magazine of some kind would be interested in their adventures. I have the log book, along with their personal diary of their trips.
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After doing a little more reading of my grandparents diary of their Mexico trip in 1941. I found that after reaching Mexico City they went on to Xochmilco, Taxco, then Acapulco, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta before heading home to San Francisco. I wish I could post a pic of the car & the trailer they pulled. What's amazing is nowhere can I find a report of anything breaking, or even a flat tire. Ok, that's enough of this. I'm sure I'm boring you with this, but I'm finding the more I read, the more impressed I am with them. After all in 1941 there just weren't that many people traveling by RV.
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