Carthage Book Club hears about the wonders of traveling

Jean Bunyard is pictured during her Book Club presentation.

The Carthage Book Club met on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Biggs Family Farm. Hostesses Toni Biggs, Anita Brady and Adelyn Duke greeted members as they arrived. The members were offered hot apple cider and a warm fire in the fireplace. Biggs gave the invocation, and then a delicious brunch was served. The brunch was a chicken croissant, hot spiced fruit, earthquake pumpkin cake with whipped cream, and fresh nut bread with honey butter. The tables were decorated with pumpkins and pilgrim figurines.

After everyone had finished eating, President Twink Ross introduced Jean Bunyard, who gave the program entitled “Travel Tales.” Bunyard started her presentation with a quote from John Steinbeck, “People don’t take trips; trips take people.” She stated that human beings have been traveling since the dawn of time. There were many different reasons that people traveled and many different modes of transportation were used. Today, travel stands as one of the most economically important leisure activities in the world. Tourism is a trillion-dollar-a-year business.

It has been said that “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. In the end, we regret more chances we didn’t take.”

The second part of Bunyard’s program was a reflection on her own travels. She began with the ever-popular family vacation. She remembered riding for hours with her family, looking at scenery and sights while entertaining themselves without video games, cell phones or GPS. Real paper maps were used. Sometimes they would stay with relatives, but usually they would stop at a nice motel with a good swimming pool. Some of their destinations were the Grand Canyon, the Smokey Mountains, Washington D.C. and the Texas State Fair in Dallas.

In the summer of 1965, after the ninth grade, her Spanish teacher Vernon Wooley and five other adults took a school bus loaded with students to Mexico. There was no air conditioning, the girls wore dresses, they used traveler’s checks and they used cameras with real film.

With part of her 1968 high school graduation money, Bunyard purchased a four-piece set of avocado green Royal Traveler luggage. She showed the club the only piece she has left from this set. It was a make-up/train case. She took her first trip abroad that summer to Europe using her new luggage.

While in college at Stephen F. Austin State University, she traveled to Aspen Colorado on a winter ski trip with some other students. That was the first of many other snow skiing trips for Bunyard.

On the international level, she has traveled to more than 20 countries. Some of her favorite foreign sites were the Colosseum in Rome and the Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. She has traveled all over the United States and experienced travel by a riverboat, Amtrak train, airplane and even a hot air balloon ride over Longview.

On her bucket list of places to visit is the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. In closing, she quoted Saint Augustine, a Christian Bishop and theologian: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Or, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places you’ll go...”

After the program, President Twink Ross called the meeting to order. Biggs lead the club in the Collect. Secretary Bunyard called the roll and read the minutes. Tresa Joffrion gave the Treasurer’s report.

Wanda Hanszen and Sallie Lipsey gave the final information and house assignments for the Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 8.

After the business part of the meeting, President Ross thanked the hostesses. The meeting was adjourned.