Traci Suppa: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, BRING ON BUDDHA

Family travel writer Traci L. Suppa has a strange compulsion for roadside attractions.

Buddha at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel

Buddha at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel

I was all-too-familiar with my son’s look of skeptical doubt, presented in tandem with a raised eyebrow. Today it was followed by, “We’re going to see a 20-foot tall what?!”

I was trying to sell this prematurely jaded traveler on an old-fashioned road trip to see the sights. To make it interesting, I assured him we would focus on funky things you don’t see every day. Like the 20-foot tall Paul Bunyan statue in Stony Point.

“Uh-HUH…,” he replied with all the sarcasm an eight-year old can muster. “Can I bring my DS for the ride?” He would much rather have been parked in front of the Wii all afternoon. Unfortunately, he was cursed with a mother who can find a “teachable moment” at Jiffy Lube.

Turns out, he never even turned on his hand-held video game during our adventure. He actually admitted having a good time seeing some “cool” stuff. Read more…

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1 Response to Traci Suppa: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, BRING ON BUDDHA

  1. Terry LaRosa says:

    Great article about what one can find in your own back yard! Thanks Hudson Valley Traveler for supporting local writers writing about local attractions.

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