In the Summer of 1974, I spent two weeks on a 2,000 acre ranch about 75 miles east of Colorado Springs. It was part of a 4-H exchange program. We had hosted a student from there the summer before, it was our year to go. 40 or so of us, non-stop on a charter bus from Michigan to small town Colorado. I don't recall what it cost, or how I came up with the money. I was working on the farm and had a little money, I had bought my first 35-mm SLR that winter.
I experienced a few firsts, my first overnight travel, I hated it, I have gotten better, but still dread overnight rides. My first time driving a full size tractor, it was a huge 4 wheel drive Stiger, in a 400 acre field. My first time driving on the road, driving one of the farm trucks back to the barn. My first time tasting rare steak. It was my first time being away from home without family - I loved it.
What was your first trip away from home without family?