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VACATION: Summer trips can be educational, too

Letter by John C. Spafford, Tacoma on July 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | 8 Comments »
July 12, 2011 2:11 pm

I enjoyed reader columnist Bob Turner’s article about his family trips during the summer (TNT, 7-11). His experiences parallel my own.

My parents were both schoolteachers and I, too, would spend my summers in a camper with my parents, brother and sister traveling the United States. I can remember our summer trip in 1974 when I visited Seattle for the first time and my Dad bought our first electronic calculator.

I have grown up to be a schoolteacher myself, and I have tried to share my love of traveling with my own family. Each summer for the past seven years, my family has picked out a different region in the United States to visit. While a trip to a theme park or the beach is on every itinerary, so is a trip to a national park or other historical sight.

I believe that these firsthand experiences have helped my own kids in the classroom. History comes alive when you’ve sat in the same chair that Robert E. Lee did when he surrendered to end the Civil War or looked out the same window that Lee Harvey Oswald did before he fatally shot President Kennedy.

And there is plenty of history right here in our own backyard. A day trip to Mount Rainier or Mount St. Helens can be as informational as entertaining, and don’t forget about the world-class museums right here in Tacoma. So put down the remote and go!

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