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Summer road trip stories: Taking silly vacation pictures

By Robert Niles
Published: January 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM
We're getting through the winter by remembering some warm thoughts of summer. Travel with us on a family road trip vacation.

One great part of the fun of a road trip is finding excuses to take silly pictures. See a goofy sign? An inexplicable sculpture? Stop the car and get out the camera. Hey, it breaks up the monotony of the road and gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs, and their smiles.

So we had to take a picture of... this, outside Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.

Kinetic sculpture in Portland, Oregon
Apologies if this is supposed to be something profoundly serious. We didn't find a plaque, and the kids simply decided to have fun with it.

Speaking of Powell's, if you love reading as I and my family do, try to schedule a visit to the world's largest independent book store some day.

Powell's Books

With the store filling an entire city block, you might want to invest in a loaf of bread to drop a trail of crumbs to find your way back once Powell's one-million-plus volumes lure you deep within.

If any Portland visitors or residents want to chime in about Powell's, the comments await. Otherwise, I'd love to hear about your favorite wacky vacation photo stories.

Readers' Opinions

From John Linfesty on January 12, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Powell's is amazing, and yes you can get lost in there. My Dad said it has the best Art section of any bookstore. I don't think anyone knows what's up with the statue across the street. Lot of people have made fun of it.
From rick stevens on January 13, 2011 at 1:54 AM
My kids were never into that kind of stuff. I find it really heartwarming to see your kids being kids. So many of our youth try too hard to be adults before their time. Bravo to you and your family!
From Tom Rigg on January 13, 2011 at 6:51 AM
The ultimate place for crazy photos on a road trip is at South of the Border on I-95 Just over the South/North Carolina State line. Its a tradition that anytime I road trip down to Orlando a stop is made at South of the Border for photo ops with the menagerie of concrete statutes they have.
From Brandon Mendoza on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM
Totally agree with rick! I see too many kids trying to grow up too quick. And too many adults who take themselves too seriously and can't "let their hair down" or "stop and smell the roses".

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