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The Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Counting Numbers in Dallas

Posted by Rob Brown on December 19, 2012 in Ancestry Great Adventure, The Grand Adventure

Days like 12/12/12 make us feel like life is all about the numbers. Since we embarked on this adventure six weeks ago, we have been consumed by numbers like miles per gallon, time and distance to our next destination, exit numbers, entrance fees, opening and closing times, travel time and of course counting to make sure we have all five of our kids.

Now, as we keep rolling forward on this adventure, the numbers just keep growing. We are now in Texas, and as the largest state in the lower 48, it is full of really big numbers. To get to this point, we have now traveled over 4,000 miles, camped in seven Walmart parking lots, collectively lost two teeth, been hospitalized once, made at least 10 repairs on our motorhome, and eaten out 100 times more than we ever did at home. BUT, I am beginning to understand that our family history adventure is about so much more than the numbers. For example, we just visited The 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas where Lee Harvey Oswald carried out the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As I saw and heard the sights and sounds of that fateful day, I thought of when my Dad told me exactly where he was and how he felt just after noon on November 22, 1963. I gained a whole new perspective as I experienced the 6th Floor Museum through my Dad’s eyes.

As we continue to travel from place to place, I am most excited for the chance to gain a new appreciation for my current and past family’s experiences.  As we walk where they walked and visit the times and places of our history, our ancestors are becoming less like numbers and a lot more like living, breathing people with feelings just like us and that is what makes this an adventure we will never forget.

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1 nikkie leaDecember 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Howdy! Saw your motorhome parked in the Galveston Walmart tonight as I was leaving and I went looking online to see what it was there for. Hope y’all have a great time on your travels. And enjoy your visit to the island.

2 CindyDecember 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

G’day – found your blog while surfing Ancestry.com on a sunny afternoon in Melbourne, Australia. Loved what you said about the trip helping to make your ancestors become less like numbers and more like living, breathing people. Makes me realise that’s a big reason why I love genealogy so much. Safe travels, and Happy New Year!

3 Jennifer CooperMarch 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Have pictures of Spicer relatives from Wilkes County, NC. Please contact if you are interested.

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