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What great stories! 💚

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Thanks so much, Sheila—I’m so glad that you enjoyed them!

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I did, you did so well doing a casual conversation style with more than one person that made sense! I enjoyed that!

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This means a lot, because a ton of effort went into making it feel casual for The Reader! 😅

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Well I noticed your effort! 😁 You did very well.

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Thank you so much!!

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Thank you for writing ✍️

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Jun 29Liked by Maddie Burton

Oh to go back in time!!! And they make picnics sound so charming. ❤️ (we all know the truth 😉)

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Cackling at this comment—your anti-picnic newsletter was rather persuasive! 😅

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Jun 29Liked by Maddie Burton

No one likes a picnic. I will die on this hill.

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"we’d get bread at the boulangerie in town. We’d get cheese. We’d get meat and fruit and a chocolate bar. We’d get a bottle of water and a bottle of wine. And we would stop and have a picnic.” I remember doing something similar in France after leaving school, though the travel was by bicycle and we drank no wine. The simple pleasures are often the best, aren't they?

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Jeffrey, I can’t believe I missed your comment earlier—I absolutely *love* knowing that you have similar memories! Cheers to simple pleasures, indeed. 😍

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Jun 25Liked by Maddie Burton

Thank you for sharing your family with us and their incredible memories of traveling. Triptiks?! Ah! I will always be completely fascinated by the way the world changes as time passes and especially fascinated by the way we change at the same time. This was brilliant.

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This is so beautifully put, Jenovia—I couldn't agree more! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. 🤗

FWIW, I was equally entranced when I learned about TripTiks...so much more glamorous than the MapQuest printouts of my teenage years. 😅

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Jun 26Liked by Maddie Burton

MAPQUEST 😭😭😭 How dangerous was it to read the printed out paper AND DRIVE?! What a time!!! 😂🫠

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INDEED 😵‍💫

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Jun 23Liked by Maddie Burton

This brought back good memories of my family trips to various national parks back in the late 50s/60s.

Triptiks! -- haven't thought about those in a long time. Used them quite a bit back in the day. The tools for travel are much better these days, though I will say I always travel with state-level paper maps.

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Ahh, the family road trip to a national park…that brings back so many good memories for me, too! I’m so glad you enjoyed the TripTik reference 🤗

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I am loving these stories and their accompanying photos. Travel has changed so much, was much more of a mystery even 20-30 years ago. Most of my travel came in adulthood after I started working for an airline. Our family did one big road trip to California the summer I turned six. My biggest memories were seeing different fast food restaurants on the drive. WOW! I had never seen a Carl's Junior before!! Haha.

Also the ocean in California was cold. Who knew!

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It makes me so glad to hear that these stories have been meaningful to read! I heartily second your feelings about the mysterious qualities that travel used to hold.

And it’s so fun hearing about your own travel memories through a kid’s lens—YES to the excitement of new fast food chains 😅 and those little but visceral details that stay with us decades later.

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I kind of want to go back to the days of traveling with "Triptiks" - not that I'd ever heard of them before - I used to print maps out before I went anywhere!! - but everyone staring at their phones all the time is so depressing to me!

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SAME, girl, same! Louder for those in the back. My mechanic looked at me askance when he saw that I had a road atlas in my car, but I'm owning it.

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good for you! I’m hoping all the stupid phones stop working at the same time and then we can all go back to being human again!

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If you could only hear my wistful sigh when I read these words 😅

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Priceless ❤️

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Thank you, my friend! 🥰

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