I know some of you have been asking why they were so behind, but first I ask you, what causes you to fall behind schedule while traveling? Granted, not everyone today can take off and travel for three months, but even when going away for a weekend, one can encounter delays. I asked you via Facebook and Twitter about what causes you to get thrown off schedule (thanks to those who answered!), and answers ranged from weather events to long waits at a must-visit restaurant to having to stop and look at intriguing sites and buildings. In 1929, the reasons were relatively similar. Dotty, Edie, and Ev were exploring new places and seeing (and tasting) things they never had before. Over such a long trip, it’s understandable that the length of a trip would extend by a few days…but nearly a month?
Have you ever fallen in such love with a place while on vacation that you decided to live there?
That’s what happened when the three reached San Diego, California, already behind schedule (nearly two weeks or so based on the mailing schedule shared in In the Box #2) for the reasons described above. In San Diego, the girls were captivated by what the area had to offer. Dotty writes of having a “wonderful time” in an area with “lovely weather,” “beautiful flowers,” and an assortment of fruits (lemons, oranges, and bananas) that they saw growing all around. It was one of the few places that Dotty told her family that they must come out and visit (Edie and Ev already had relatives out there, and that is who they stayed with for a while when out there). Twelve days later, Dotty sent a second letter from San Diego. By then, the wonderful time had become a “glorious time” and the lovely weather had turned into a “wonderful climate.” She also admits that for the previous week the three had been looking for work so that they could remain in San Diego for the winter, but that unfortunately, jobs “were scarcer than hen’s teeth.”
The second letter was mailed on November 9, 1929, and as I just wrote, it was sent twelve days after the first. That first letter was sent on October 28, 1929, and that day in history came to be known as Black Monday; the following day as Black Tuesday, the two days when Wall Street crashed and signaled the end of the Roaring Twenties. No wonder the three had trouble finding work only a few days later!
Without the possibility of finding work, Dotty, Edie, and Ev continued on with their trip. They were well aware that they were behind schedule (they would make up time later on by not going to Miami), but by the time Dotty had written home to say as much, Lou had already sent mail to Houston.
Thanks to all for reading!