I can't even begin to count the number of good times I had with my Dad, and many of them involved travel.
We took many fun and educational trips as a family, but there was one special time when Dad and I took a trip together, without my two brothers and Mom.
My very first airplane ride was with my Dad. We took a flight from Philadelphia to Cleveland when I was in kindergarten or first grade. I was not the least bit scared, because I was with Dad, who made me feel like I was a big deal by allowing me to walk up and down the aisle with the stewardess (as flight attendants used to be called), and help pass out little packets of peanuts to the other passengers.
My Dad and I play on the beach at Wildwood, N.J., in 1958.
My dad, older brother Jim and I ‘mow the lawn’ in our back yard in 1956.
I traveled with my Dad not only in planes, but trains and automobiles as well. There were regular train trips to visit relatives in Philadelphia and Florida by train, and there were many, many car trips to points all over the country.
Dad drove us up Pike's Peak in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, and to the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park in Minnesota.
We went to Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City and the Mexican border town of Juarez.
Together we went to the Alamo, Cape Canaveral, Carlsbad Caverns, Phillies, Penn State football and Hershey Bears hockey games, Six Flags Over Texas, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Conch Train Tour in Key West, and a great many other places.
I'm hoping that hearing about my good times with my dad prompts your own good memories of fun times with your dad.
This year, The Sentinel continues its "I Remember When" series with the topic: "I Remember: Good Times With Dad," for readers to share their own memories of their dads.
We encourage you to jot down your memories, dig up a photo or two, and submit them for publication in our special section, which will be published on Friday, June 27.
To make it more fun, we will randomly pick a name from all who submit stories and/or photos, and the winner will receive a $50 gift card to JP Edwards Grill and Bar on South Logan Boulevard in Burnham, as well as a pair of "Heat Holders," billed as "the warmest thermal socks," just perfect as a gift for the dad who inspired those special memories.
The deadline for entering stories and photos is Friday, June 13.
Submit your stories/photos to: Jane Cannon Mort, Special Projects Editor, The Sentinel, P.O. Box 588, Lewistown, PA 17044; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.lewistownsentinel.com, click on "Submit news" at the top of the page and click on "I Remember When" under the "Special Projects" heading to submit via the Virtual Newsroom; or fax to (717) 248-3481. You also may drop off entries at the office in Lewistown.
Jane Cannon Mort is the Lifestyles and Special Projects editor of The Sentinel.