This is Elisa's dad, Philip.
"Growing up, we weren't able to afford big trips or vacations. But that didn't stop my dad.
On weekends and holidays our family would hit the road in our minivan. By the time I was 18, my family had pretty much been to every major town or historical spot within a three day driving distance from our house. We'd had our minivan trapped in the Mojave Desert (a passing dune buggy driver helped us out), checked out the Grand Canyon a few dozen times, rumbled by the hot springs in Yellowstone, and spent untold hours pulled over looking at maps.
My dad's love of seeing new things was something tangible he passed on to me. And it wasn't just traveling for the sake of escaping; for him it was about exploring and staying curious. By the time I was 10 years old, I had learned lessons that I still carry through adulthood: it isn't scary to go to new places, to get lost, to eat unfamiliar foods, to ask for help, to be thrifty, to see people who don't look or talk like you. He showed me that home is wonderful, but there is a whole world to learn about. Thanks, Dad!"