A to Z - Atlanta Bound
A to Z is here!
That means it’s time for the first installment of my travel-themed posts, and what better way to start it than with the lovable, much-maligned object that starts every good family vacation.
We called it the Party Barge. A huge blue cargo van my family rented to embark on our latest cross-country adventure. The year was 1996. Our destination, the Atlanta Olympics. I was 12 and thrilled beyond belief.
It didn’t take me long to become convinced this was the most awesome (and also most ridiculous) car of all time. The seats were huge, the back was practically a bed, and it had a table – a table! – inside.
Even better, it had a little TV between the front row of seats. Remember, it was 1996 – I’d never heard of this concept before. The TV sat on the floor, not mounted like today’s standard models. The picture was scratchy at times, the sound warbly, but nothing could beat watching the Opening Ceremonies unfold as we literally drove our way to that very spot!
The air conditioning broke on something like our second day in Atlanta, but even now, my family has a certain fondness for the old Party Barge.