Today we are celebrating with our dear friend Madi
on her 16th birthday!
Madi invited us to share our favorite road trip or
how we (or our peep) learned to drive
Since neither Hazel or I drive,
Mom said I could tell you the story
of how she learned to drive
First I must tell you
that these are not the actual photos of the events
Since this happened almost 50 years ago
we had to do a re-enactment
Mom grew up in Redwood City, California
When she was 15 she signed up for Drivers Education
Mom is very short -
she couldn't see over the dash very well
The Drivers Ed teacher was a big grumpy man
and he made Mom nervous
whenever it was her turn to drive
One day the grumpy man
instructed Mom to turn into a skinny driveway.
Let's just say it did not go well
and Mom almost ran into a fence post!
Then the big grumpy man
turned into a big angry man
That was it for Mom
She decided that she was never going to drive a car
So what did she do??
Mom bought herself a bicycle!
But by the time Mom was 18
she realized that if she wanted to go very far,
she really needed a car
Mom found a 1961 Volkswagon Beetle
and bought it for $400.
She learned to drive it
and got her drivers license
A few months later
Mom decided to leave California
She drove that bug all the way to Idaho
One week in Idaho and Mom had a job at a potato processing plant
44 years later she retired from that potato processing plant
Be sure to hop the hop
and visit Madi
to wish her a Happy Birthday!
We are the PugRanch Kids
Hazel & Mabel