The 1999 Road Trip Begins

Last summer we revisited a five-week story from 1966 during which the Flagston family took an epic road trip across America.  This sequence featured thirty daily strips and four Sunday pages and was the longest continuity ever done in Hi and Lois.

During their journey, the Flagstons traveled across the Great Plains, visited Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City and ended their tour on the west coast where they saw redwood trees, totem poles and surfers.

If you haven’t seen this historic series, scroll back to the post on July 10, 2013 and follow it to the final post on August 7, 2013.  This story has never been reprinted in its entirety since the initial newspaper run in 1966.

In 1999, we decided to send the Flagston family on another journey.  It was conceived and designed as an homage to the original 1966 road trip.

This sequence included three Sunday pages and two weeks of daily strips and inspired Chance to do some spectacular scenery.

The first Sunday page of the story shows Hi dreaming of the places they hope to visit while the car is still in the driveway.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, August 8, 1999.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, August 8, 1999.

In the next post we will feature the first week of daily strips from this classic series.

– Brian Walker

Summer Camp – Part Two

In the previous post we reprinted the first three strips of a 1965 story in which Chip goes to summer camp with his friend Jerry (who calls himself “Randall” in the second episode).  There were seven strips in the series, which ran from June 29 to July 27.

The fourth episode shows the inside of the bunk house with the boys getting ready for bed.  Apparently Chip enjoys swimming in ice-cold water.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 13, 1965.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 13, 1965.

The first panel of the next strip shows an exterior scene with cabins and a totem pole in the background.  Chip and Jerry are comparing the colored ribbons they’ve won in various camp activities.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 20, 1965.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 20, 1965.

In this installment, Hi and Lois are picking up Chip at the end of the session and discover on the way home that he hasn’t taken a hot shower for a month.  Note that “Camp Wudacrudie” is spelled differently on the sign than it was in the first strip of the series (see the previous post).

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 23, 1965.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 23, 1965.

Four days later, Chip is talking on an old rotary dial phone to one of his new friends from camp and Hi makes a reference to “toll calls.”  It is amazing how things have changed since this strip ran almost fifty years ago, long before cell phones and unlimited calling plans.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 27, 1965.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 27, 1965.

A new weeklong summer camp series, starring Dot, begins this Sunday, July 20, 2014.

– Brian Walker

Summer Camp – Part One

Summer vacation is not always a relaxing time for parents of young children.  Without proper planning, having the kids at home for two months can be challenging.  It doesn’t take long to run out of activities to keep the tykes amused.  Summer camp is the best antidote for this dilemma.

I attended a summer day camp in my pre-adolescent years.  We played baseball, kick-the-can and capture-the-flag.  There were field days with ribbons, trips to the beach where we made sand castles and arts and crafts on rainy days.  All this kept me occupied and out of my parents’ hair during the daylight hours.

When I was thirteen, I headed out on a cross-country caravan, called “Wagons West,” which departed from Washington, Connecticut.  Our destination was Vagabond Ranch in Granby, Colorado.  My summer was spent horseback riding, hiking, climbing, camping, panning for gold and going on a car trip through Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  This experience sparked a love of travel, which I have to this day.

In 1965, at about the same time I was at Vagabond Ranch, Mort and Dik did a sequence in Hi and Lois about Chip going to a sleep-away camp.  Here are the first two episodes of that story.

Hi and Lois daily strips, June 29 and 30, 1965.

Hi and Lois daily strips, June 29 and 30, 1965.

Camp Wudacruddie was located in the mountains next to a lake.  The kids lived in rustic cabins with screens, wooden floors and bunk beds.  Among the activities were canoeing, swimming, sailing, fishing, horseback riding, archery and volleyball.  The third strip in the series sets the scene with a long distance view of the entire camp.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 6, 1965.

Hi and Lois daily strip, July 6, 1965.

My daughter went to a place in upstate Connecticut called Camp Mohawk.  This gave me the idea to do a story about Dot Flagston going to similar sleep-away camp.  She goes horseback riding, swimming and canoeing and is out of her element doing activities she is unaccustomed to.  This weeklong sequence begins on Sunday, July 20.

In the next post, we will feature the last four strips in Chip’s 1965 summer camp adventure.

– Brian Walker