Unpacked and read the papers and balanced the checkbook. Cooked steak and corn and drank champale.Marge Binder, August 17, 1969
Steak and champale, both well-deserved after 62 days of adventure-making for her three boys. As for balancing the checkbook, I won’t attempt to explain that here. I’m sure there are a few thousand historical blogs about what that means.
We are at the end.
As you know by now, this trip resides deep in the Family lore; and I wish it could resonate for generations of Family to come. Alas, our Family has grown smaller in recent years. Mom, Mike and I are the lone survivors of the trip; and Mike and I have no children with whom to share the tales, the truths and legends. With this blog the story ends. Again.
I hope the spirit will live on.
Thank you for the warm and fun feedback along the way.
Here are a few of the comments the blog received that best capture and celebrate Mom and her Epic Adventure.
“A Saint” and More
Your mother is a saint!!! A saint.Kathi Chaffee Donegan
Your Mom was so self-reliant at that time, with you three boys, she is truly amazing.! Yes, a saint.Eileen Harrell
God love Aunt Marge… what a woman!Susan Chaffee Tucker
Your mom is a brave soul – a fearless trail blazer!Susan House
Your mom is an amazing, patient, loving soul and I’m very touched by your family’s experience.Paul Vroom
Such a grand lady! …a true pioneer of her times!Kim Anschultz
Your mom was a brave and amazing woman.Kit Conover
Marge Binder is a total badass…Lisa Sanders
👏👏 To your Mom’s epic adventure. Thank you for giving me a peek into your travels with your incredible Mom. She’s really something special.Kathy Root Zauss
What wonderful memories she created for her entire family. Takes a very special person to drive cross country…camping with children.Barbara Willick
The memories of your trip will be interesting reading. Marge was brave to set out on this adventure with their 3 boys.Sally Van Atta
What a lifetime of memories. You are a lucky guy…! ❤️Pam Stadden Trask
Awesome trip! Cheers to Maw and her determined spirit.Bill Samson
Love hearing about this Amazing vacation !Joan E Smith
“Exhausted”. Probably the greatest understatement of all time!Tracy Toth
Enjoying your chronicles and raising a virtual glass of Champale to your fearless mom!Jennifer Richman Jacobson
That “Courting at CMU” pic is remarkable. Everyone should have a “parents courting” pic that shows just how much fun their parents had before we kids came and messed everything up. Your mom’s smile is so infectious. Just awesomeBill Samson
Your Mom’s droll diary entries are killers:) Makes me want to write that way.Kathi Chaffee Donegan
This is one road trip I hate to see come to an end. I can’t express how much I’ve enjoyed reading your mom’s journal of this crazy adventure along with your witty narrative.Lisa Sanders
Your mom’s writing is so like Hemingway’s. Straight, to the point, without her really knowing. Makes me smile, laugh, and so much more.Eileen Harrell
I love this. “The boys swam. Our men walked on the moon.” Just so matter-of-fact.Molly Hodge
…beautiful and calming.Karl Harris
That Iconic Photo
No words.Mike Goldenberg
You made my day with this one buddy. Top shelf writing here and you’re right; she’s beautiful!Bill Samson
I love this! I can picture the slide show and the moment when this picture came up. It is a total gem – as she clearly is herself.Mallory Archer Samson
What an amazing tribute this is going to be. I’m crying already.Tara Griffin
Marge is awesome! Maybe I’ll do it! Think she’ll loan me her tent? I’ve got the boys to fill it! 😉💕Kristin Stone Palmer
Makes me want to load the girls up in our Flex and drive cross country.David Mauroff
Omg that’s amazing she did this !!! AND kept a journal!! What a testament to her that you are recreating this.Dianna Scardilli
This is one road trip I hate to see come to an end. …As a mom of 3 boys, I can’t even begin to imagine 62 days in a car or a tent with them. …You Binder boys are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing mom. Thank you for sharing this. I’m sure it means the world to your mom, too.Lisa Sanders
Okay…I’m not crying. You’re crying.