This is my Mum's childhood suitcase, untouched from when she last used it in 1963, complete with fab 1960's souvenir stickers, identifying 'Cunard' tag and luggage labels.
When she was just a kid in 1963 -don't worry, Ma, I'm not going to give away your age!- she travelled with her mum (my Grandma) and her little suitcase all the way to America to meet her Canadian Grandfather for the first time. They were there for 4 months.
They started on the West Coast and then got a train, just the two of them, through the mountains, all the way across the span of that gigantic country to New York on the East Coast (it took three days), where they eventually got the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship home. What an adventure for a young British kid and her ma!
....Well, this Spring Crabbitt and her 'Co' are re-living that adventure 52 years on! Wahhhhhh!!
We will start in Las Vegas, then to LA. We'll head up and explore the Pacific Highway to San Francisco and the West Coast and then jump on the California Zephyr and Cardinal trains through the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains which will take us across country to the East Coast (see artfully put together blu-tak and red wool map route in pic).
We will then investigate the restored town of Williamsburg (the location of USA's first permanent town of settlers). After this we scoot over to the Blueridge Mountains, have a coast along Skyline Drive, meet some real characters at Floyd Country Store (Bluegrass fans alert) before mooching on down to Charleston SC, Savannah Georgia and Finally Atlanta.
Phew! All this for a gal who is, without question, terrified of flying...I feel a few gins coming on.
We will hope to document our journey and discoveries here (with many badly taken photographs, no doubt) in a blog. Anything we see that is remotely visually striking or related to the world of vintage will, of course, get priority, but we intend to also do a brief informative feed regardless...but we'll see how it goes!
Anyway, links will be posted on facebook as and when we make them. Find us here or from facebook. Come along for the ride, read (and please do comment whenever possible) and we'll see what happens!
Now just to get that blinkin flight over with...