Whether you gather around a campfire ... or enjoy your trip by plane, train, or automobile, our group has come up with a variety of "fun stuff" for your enjoyment and entertainment on this summer’s trips. Browse theses sections at your leisure. Take your time; it’s your vacation after all!

Games and Puzzles
Books on Vacations, Travel, and Journeys
Food for Picnics and Travel
Travel Quotes

 Games and Puzzles

Kids bored? You want them to learn something and stretch their minds instead of trying your patience and kicking the back of your seat? Try these websites! You can create your own puzzles for the kids and enhance the fun on those long road trips.



Prefer numbers to words?  Try these sudoku puzzles you can print.  Free to everyone.


Here are some coloring book pages based on images from the concert Website -- try your hand at painting or coloring them!

Tent Camping
Airplane passenger
Mountain Scene

Have more relaxing to do -- or need to entertain the children? Try printing out these free coloring book pages in advance of your trip!

Books about Vacations, Travel, and Journeys

We recommend have a good book (or two or ten) for all the adults and children for a long trip or just lounging around the vacation house. Here are some storyteller/librarian-approved items for you to enjoy on your vacation!

Books for Adults:  Fiction

Brothers Keepers: a Novel by Donald E. Westlake.  An order of monks devotes two hundred years to the contemplation of travel. They reach this one conclusion: travel should not be undertaken lightly. Therefore, they decide to never leave the monastery. But then their lease expires and the new owners of their monastery want to sell!

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? By Patrick F McManus.  A book of short essays based on the author’s childhood and young adulthood. Extremely funny!  This is just one title, but he has written many books.

Three Men In A Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog! by Jerome K. Jerome.  Three Victorian English gentlemen go on a boating excursion to learn more about the “lower” classes.  The dialog between the three “gentlemen” and locals is not to be missed!  For example Carmichael, “the quintessential English gentleman, captures perfectly the delicious inanity of our intrepid heroes' conversations and the bemusement of the locals they meet along the way.”  His comment, "work fascinates me. I can sit and watch it for hours" is met with some chagrin!

Books for Adults:  Non-Fiction

Blue Highways: a Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon.  Another road trip story told by a wonderful storyteller.  After his life meets a few dead ends, the author gets into his van, Ghost Dancing, and travels the back roads of America, which are also called Blue Highways, and shares the places and people he meets on that memorable 16,000 mile journey.

The Great Chili Confrontation;: A Dramatic History of the Decade's Most Impassioned Culinary Embroilment, with recipes by H. Allen Smith.  A writer travels from Mt Kisco, NY. to Terlingua, TX. after he makes the mistake of saying that “the main ingredients in chili are ego and envy.”  Some angry and insulted Texans challenge him to a chili cook-off.  A hilarious clash of cultures occurs. 

On the Road with Charles Kuralt by Charles Kuralt.  This book chronicles some of the time Mr. Kuralt spent out on the road for his CBS news clips about America and it details what the average American was doing. What the book showed is that Americans are not average; rather, they are interesting, talented and profoundly unselfish and giving.  The news clips and book were written during the time of the Vietnam War.  Americans had lost faith in the country. Mr. Kuralt traveled the country to bring that faith back to America and it is now a testament to travel journalism, Americans and to Mr. Kuralt himself.

Roughing It by Mark Twain.  This tells the more "true-ish" than true adventures of Twain after he spent five years touring the American West. The book is fact based and thus gives useful information; however, he does take some license and parts of the book are truly hilarious.   It is the masterpiece!

See the USA: The Art of the American Travel Brochure by John Margolies.
See the USA celebrates the travel brochure’s heyday, occurring primarily in the 1920s and 1930s. Offering more than 200 full color examples of these bright, cheerful brochures, it is a feast for the eyes of any traveler hungry for a rose-colored glimpse of the American vacationing past. With brochures extolling the virtues of every state and geographic landmark in the varied American landscape, it begs the reader to pack a suitcase and set off on a cross-country road trip!

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck.  The author, at aged 58, embarks on a cross-country road trip in a camper with his standard poodle, Charley.  He gives a wonderful account of what he finds and sees in 1960 as well as the people he meets in America.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. Using both her literary and intellectual skills, Mayes crafts an enticing story – starting with her decision to buy an abandoned villa and following her through the renovation and the actuality of living there. She writes a beautiful memoir that sings a love song to Tuscany.

Working at Play: a History of Vacations in the United States by Cindy Aron.

It is a historical account, as well as an interesting and amusing look, at the history of vacation taking in the United States.  From the tentative beginnings of vacations among the middle class in the late 1800s, to the expectation for them in the 1950s, this book gives interesting tidbits of information.  Popular vacation spots are discussed as well as why they were/are popular.  Vacations among minorities, with the difficulties they faced since many resorts and inns would not serve racial or religious minorities, is covered with some detail.  Of interest to librarians, a brief mention of the Lake Placid scandal involving Melville Dewey. 

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle.  If you have ever wanted to read between the lines of a French cookbook in order to get a “taste” of domestic life of southern France, this is the book for you. Peter is Mayle is funny, charming and completely honest about his life in this culinary Mecca.

Writers Who Wrote Multiple Wonderful Travel Books:

Bill Bryson.
A Walk in the Woods
Lost Continent
In A Sunburned Country

Bryson is one the best humorous travel writers today.  "I have long known that it is part of God's plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth."

John Margolies
Cookout USA: Grilling Favorites Coast to Coast
Cooking USA: 50 Favorite Recipes from Across America
Fun Along the Road: American Tourist Attractions
Hitting the Road: The Art of the American Road Map
Signs of Our Time

John Margolies has been called one of America's Number One Roadside Observers   


Are We There Yet? by David Levithan. 
Grade 9 and Up
Two brothers, Danny, 23, and Elijah, 17, must vacation together in Italy after being tricked by their parents. After initially hating the idea, they begin to find common ground until Julia, a college drop out, enters the picture.  The narration alternates between the thoughts and experiences of the two brothers and is both insightful and humorous. References to sexual behavior and marijuana and acid use are included.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.
Ages 9—12 and up
The classic story of the journey of a young Labrador Retriever—just past being a puppy, an mature Bull Terrier, and an independent Siamese cat who decide to embark on a very dangerous journey across the Canadian wilderness in the hopes of being reunited with their owners who have left them with a “pet sitter” while they are in Europe.  Housepets, they must learn to survive in a hostile environment.   

Kids Love Travel Memories: A Family's Keepsake Book for Scrapbooking All the Fun Places You’ve Visited by George Zavatsky and Michele Zavatsky.
Ages 4—8
After a family outing, what kid doesn’t return home with a stack of brochures, postcards and photos? And just where do you put all that STUFF?

The Zavatsky’s have got the answer – a keepsake book!
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight.
Ages 9—12 and up
This is the classic novel which inspired many movies and television series.  A collie journeys across Scotland, and most of England, in order to be reunited with the owner that she loves after his father sells her.  Breath taking adventures and unfortunate encounters await the determined dog, as she endures anything to make it back to “the boy”.  An abridged version for younger children (ages 4—8) was written by Rosemary Wells and sumptuously illustrated by Susan Jeffers.      

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck.
Ages 9—12 and up
A Newberry award winning book set during the Depression.  Two children from Chicago spend every summer vacation with their eccentric grandmother in her rural home; not only do they learn about fishing and county fairs they also learn about when it’s ok to break the rules and about helping one’s fellow men.

Tabitha: The Fabulous Flying Feline by Carol Ann Timmel and illustrated by Laura Kelly.
K—Grade 3
This is based on a true story about a cat that disappeared for days in the cargo hold of a commercial airliner during a flight.  Her eventual reunion with her owner was brought about by media pressure on the airline to take responsibility for the cat getting out of her carrier and to FIND her.  Heartwarming account, often told from the cat’s mischievous perspective.

The Vacation by Polly Horvath.
For grades 6—9 and up
A boy, whose parents go to Africa to be missionaries, is left with two eccentric maiden aunts he doesn't really know or like.  After one of the aunts has a near death experience she decides she has never really had any fun.  They load their station wagon and take the boy on a meandering vacation across the United States having one (mis)adventure after another.

Food for Picnics and Travel

Appetizers or Snacks:

Chile Spiced Nuts
Recipe by Sunset Magazine

Prep and Cook Time: About 25 minutes

1 1/2 cups pecan halves
3/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup hulled pepitas (raw or roasted pumpkin seeds)
1/3 cup shelled roasted or raw pistachios
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 to 11/4 teaspoons chipotle powder
About 1/2 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl, mix pecans, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, and oil. Add sugar, 3/4 teaspoon chilies, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; mix to coat nuts evenly. Add more chili and salt to taste.

2. Coat a 10- by 15-inch baking pan with cooking oil spray. Spread nuts in pan. Bake in a 325[degrees] oven, stirring occasionally, until nuts are browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool. Serve or store airtight at room temperature up to 1 week.  Makes: About 3 1/3 cups; 8 to 12 servings

Ingredient Note: Pepitas
Pepitas are pumpkin seeds. Sometimes the word refers to the inside kernel of the pumpkin seed but can also be the entire un-hulled seed. Pepitas are popular in Mexico and they are typically toasted and eaten as a snack. They are also the key ingredient in "pipian" a type of mole [moh-LAY].

Breakfast or Brunch:

Mango Muffins (They travel well and can be made a day ahead for an early start.)
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cup sugar
¾ cup oil
1 Tbsp Vanilla
3 eggs
3 cups fresh chopped mangos
¼ cup chopped nuts—walnuts preferred
½ cup coconut

Sift dry ingredients in a bowl. Add oil, vanilla and egg. Beat until well blended. Add Mangos and fold gently. Add nuts and coconut. Stir just to blend. Pour into well greased or paper lined muffin tins. Allow to sit 20 minutes to rest. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Remove from pan and cool.  Makes about 18 muffins.

Scotch Eggs—invented because they travel well
6 Hard cooked eggs peeled and cooled
1—1 lb. roll of sausage, like Jimmy Dean
1 beaten egg
½ bread crumbs
2 more beaten eggs
1 more cup bread crumbs
Oil in deep fryer

Mix sausage and one beaten egg with ½ cup bread crumbs. Mix until sausage is no longer sticky—may add more crumbs if need be. Pat out enough sausage to thinly cover the palm of your hand. Place a hard boiled egg in the center and wrap with the sausage. Dip into the 2 beaten eggs and roll in the remaining cup of bread crumbs. Heat oil to 375. Deep fry until golden brown and sausage is cooked through. Drain on a paper towel. May make the night before and “nuke” for a minute or two just before leaving on the trip.  Makes 6 servings. 

Main Dishes:

BBQ Chicken Drummies—as a plus you cook these in the crock pot the day before you go, while you’re packing.  Or you may make them ahead and freeze them.  They keep in the cooler until thawed.  Great a room temp, cold, or hot.

3 lbs. chicken drum sticks, thawed if frozen
1-1/4 cups barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. chili sauce—may omit for a less spicy taste
1/4 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced—may decrease
dash pepper

Pat the chicken drummies dry with a paper towel and place on broiler pan. Broil 5-6 inches from the heat for 8-10 minutes, turning often, until chicken is browned. Place in 3-4 quart crock-pot.

Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over drummies.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. These can be held for 1 hour after the cooking time on low.

Jalapeno Burgers

2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

½ tsp black pepper
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped fine
2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos—seed for less “heat”
1 egg
1/2 cup extra fine bread crumbs

Combine all of the above ingredients. Shape into 4 large patties and place in cooler for up to 4 hours. (If you wish to grill before leaving home, grill and then place cooled or frozen patties in the cooler for up to 12 hours. 

To prepare grill, lightly grease rack and heat until medium high temperature is achieved. Place patties on grill and cover, cooking for 5 minutes on each side.

Serving suggestions:  slice 2 onions and sauté in cast iron skillet with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil until brown. Keep warm.  Lightly toast hamburger buns on grill.  Top burgers with onions, and lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese if desired.   

Serves 4—but easily doubles.

Side Dishes:

Cajun Potato Salad
4 Medium Potatoes, cooked, peeled, and coarsely chopped
6 Hard Boiled eggs finely chopped
¼ cup finely chopped onions
¼ cup finely sliced celery
¼ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1—2 tsp ground cayenne red pepper—or may omit
2 tsp prepared mustard
1 ¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 recipe green onion salad dressing—recipe follows below or use prepared mayonnaise. If using prepared mayonnaise try some of the wilder kinds, like chipotle, etc.

In a large bowl combine everything and mix well. Serve warm if just made or chill and serve cold. Keeps 1—2 days in a picnic cooler.  Makes 6—8 servings

Green Onion Salad Dressing for the Cajun Potato Salad
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
½ cup FINELY sliced green onion
1 ½ Tbsp Creole mustard—if not any good spicy brown mustard will do
1 Tbsp vinegar
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Blend the egg and yolk in a food processor or blender until frothy—about 2 minutes. With the machine still on add oil in a thin stream. When mixture thickens in a minute or two add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add to potato salad or use on sandwiches.


Individual No-mess Cheesecakes for Picnics
2—8 oz packages cream cheese softened
¾ cups sugar
2 eggs
Cupcake tin paper liners
Vanilla wafers

Mix cheese, sugar, and eggs until smooth on medium speed of a mixer.

Place one cookie in each liner and place liner in cupcake tin. Top with cream cheese mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. They will be pale even after baked. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.  Makes 12 servings.

Eat plain or top with fresh fruit, whipped cream, etc.

Individual No-Mess Chocolate Cheesecakes for Picnics
24 chocolate cookies similar to vanilla wafer—i.e. not cream filled ones like Oreos.
2—8 oz packages cream cheese softened
1—8 oz package sour cream
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cups cocoa
3 eggs
½ tsp almond flavor—may omit
1 Tbsp Vanilla
Cupcake tin liners

Prepare cupcake tine with liners and one cookie each.

On medium speed of mixer blend cheese and sugar. Add sour cream. After they are well combined add cocoa, eggs, and extract(s). Beat well. Fill prepared cups ¾ full. Bake in pre-heated, 325 degree oven, for 20-25 minutes. May puff up and then fall back slightly. Let stand 15 minutes then remove to a rack to cool.  Makes 12 cheesecakes.

Rugelach Bar Cookies

8 oz cream cheese—cold, cut into pieces
1 ½ sticks butter—cold and cut into pieces
1 ½ cup flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt

3 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp melted butter
½ cup walnuts chopped well, can substitute pecans
¼ cup chocolate chips—optional, I never use
2/3 cup strawberry or apricot preserves or mix or use your favorite PRESERVES, not jelly.

If you like streusel toppings you may wish to double the topping. 

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9 X 13 in. pan.

To Make Pastry: Mix cream cheese and butter until well blended. Add flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix until holds together. Place in prepared pan and press evenly to bottom of pan. Bake 25 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.

To Make Topping: Stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, nuts and chips. In separate bowl stir jam to soften it. Spread jam over warm crust. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture evenly on top of the jam. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes or until jam is bubbly. Remove from oven and cool in pan. Cut into 1 ½ X 1 in. squares. Seems to keep forever! These are great as a snack or a quick breakfast with coffee/tea on the road.

Recipe comes from a traditional rolled cookie served by Jews during Purim in the spring time.


Lemon or Lime Aide
1 cup sugar
1 cup hot water
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
4 cups cold water
Lemon or Lime slices and/or mint to garnish

Melt sugar in hot water. Simmer in a sauce pan for 2 minutes. Add juice. Pour into pitcher or jug your taking on the journey or picnic. Add the cold water. Stir well. Place any garnish on top to float. Serve over ice.

Doubles easily for a crowd or a long trip.

Travel Quotes

“A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort and remembered with nostalgia”

~ Anonymous

“Vacation: A period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need. 


“The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation.”


“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

 ~St. Augustine

“And that's the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.”

 ~Dave Barry

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

   ~Milton Berle

“On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.”

~Erma Bombeck

“A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it.”

~Erma Bombeck

 “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.  The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him.  He goes ‘sight-seeing’.”

 ~Daniel J. Boorstin

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.”

 ~G.K. Chesterton

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”

 ~Benjamin Disraeli

“VACATION: Two weeks on the sunny sands - and the rest of the year on the financial rocks." 

~Sam Ewing

“I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.”

~William Hazlitt 

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.  “

~ Charles Kuralt


 “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

 ~Herman Melville

“Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.”

 ~Roselle Mercier Montgomery

“What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds.  When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don't have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.”

~William Least Heat Moon

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.”

~George Moore

“There is a ghost
That eats handkerchiefs;
It keeps you company
On all your travels.”

~Christian Morganstern

“Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.”

~Regina Nadelson

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”

~Robert Orben

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”


“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

 ~ John Steinbeck

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”

 ~Robert Louis Stevenson

“It’s a dangerous business…going out of your door…You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

~J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”

~J.R.R. Tolkien

“I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

 ~Mark Twain

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

 ~Mark Twain

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

~Lao Tzu


“There are only two emotions in a plane:  boredom and terror.”

~Orson Welles

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” 

~Don Williams, Jr.