But for all of my complaining about our 100+ degree temps, I have to admit that most of us have it SO good. Can you imagine what it was like 72 years ago? Well, let me paint you a picture:
You and your husband and your three young daughters are headed west from southern Illinois, all the way to California - by car. Without air conditioning. In August.
I can't even fathom this trip! But it's a true story - my Grammie was one of those three aforementioned girls. :D She would talk about these trips quite a bit and laugh about the happenings on the trip, one of which were the swimsuits her mother made the girls wear. I don't know - looks like the height of fashion to me! :D
|My great-aunts Lou-Lou and Julia, 1940|
These little photos were accompanied by this wonderful brochure from the Big Sur Lodge, where my Grammie's family stayed before they reached L.A. It keeps going....
....and GOING! It's exactly 2 feet long! :D
Part of the back of the brochure gives a little history of the Carmel-San Simeon Highway, which cost 10 million dollars to build! :D Oh, and check out the nightly rates - my great-grandparents shelled out FIVE WHOLE BUCKS for a double cabin! :D For all of the pomp and circumstance, it's easy to see how spoiled we've become with our accommodations when we travel! Be honest - judging by this brochure, how many of you would jump at the chance to stay here now? Show of hands? No one? That's what I thought. But in 1940, this was AMAZING.
Here's the cool part - it still exists, and it's been beautifully kept up. There's another thing that has drastically changed - the room rates. That 'double cabin' will now cost you upwards of four HUNDRED dollars. Hey, at least they're air-conditioned now! :D