Ruth & Jerry Thompson Go On Vacation.
Ruth had been wanting to take a vacation for years. It had been to long since they went. Jerry worked two jobs and could never get both jobs to match up. But once he did, they packed up the camper and went for the week to New Brunswick. Now Canada back in the day was exotic travel. Especially by camper.. And a boat.. Ruth wasn’t too sure how it would all go, but a vacation is a vacation.
And Jerry was very happy to get away. The good news is Ruth had an old Kodak camera and an eye for such things. And even better, when they croaked from over working, someone bought all their slides at the estate sale, and now is “flipping” them on ebay, and now I am making up a story from some slides found in a drawer. And time marches on. RIP Ruth and Jerry. At least that’s how I see this all going. For all I know, Ruth ran off with a Mountie and Jerry got angry and went off to the great white north and was eaten by a polar bear. Ruth enjoyed her Mountie distraction for a month and then went back home to Duluth and worked at a Dentist office as the receptionist the rest of her life.. And these slides were sold off by her son Monty…. who by the way looks a lot like that Mountie.. Hey.. Just say’n
Thats all I got from the slides. If you want to invent your own family adventure, you can own these slides with one or two clicks. HERE ON EBAY then see other items or below the listing. The collection is there. 1968 Camping trip. WOW!
My grandpa had a rig very much like that. Ford pickup, camper and boat. But his boat was a Chetek with a 55 hp Bearcat outboard. The boat and motor are still sitting in a barn in Iowa. Sometimes I think I need to rescue it but it’s in pretty bad shape and 1000 miles from me. Anyway. Thanks for the reminder of where I found my love for wooden boats!!
Hey Matt, is the Chetek a lapstrake or cedar strip? I’m one state away from Iowa!
It’s lapstrake but it’s been sitting on a roller trailer since the 70’s 😩
It’s lapstrake but it’s been sitting on a roller trailer since the 70’s
Would like to check it out.
The Pas is in Manitoba, Canada. North of Minnesota. Just saying…. Good story though.
Really liked the story! Rigs like this were a common sight in the north country in the 60s. You had a small motorhome and a pickup at the same time. Ford even made a pickup truck called a Camper Special. Looks like these people were seasoned fishermen ,campers and boaters.
Matt, have you ever considered writing soap opera scrips??? This could become a major hit show, plus give us woody boaters a LOT of coverage.
Does anyone know the make of the boat in the slides? Maybe a Borum or look alike?
Looks like the boat was registered in North Dakota. I was wondering what brand boat also
1966 Mercury Breezeway at the gate.