Last week I spent my kids spring break days off from school down in New Smyrna Beach, Florida at my brother’s condo which is right on the sugary-sandy beach- along with his family and my parents. And woke up each morning to gorgeous sunrises like these:
And ended our day with incredible full-moon-rises like these:
We had a great time digging in the sand, swimming in the pool, playing a few rounds of mini-golf, and eating fantastic seafood at some pretty awesome local restaurants (all of my reviews of these fine establishments will be posted over on Trekaroo in the next few days). And of course we loved spending an entire week’s worth of lazy-vacation-days with each other. But getting to our destination was a bit of an act of bravery…..
Momma Drivin’ Solo
I don’t really think too much about it when I plan it….. that I’ll be heading out on the road as the only driver on a 2-day road trip that covers nearly 1200 miles just to arrive at our destination. My kids are great passengers and are used to long car trips. We makes sure that we are well stocked with gum, snacks, drinks, movies, and electronic diversions. We make our hotel reservations ahead of time- leaving nothing to chance. And my older boys taking turns sitting up front with me to keep me company and entertained. We turn up the radio and sing along loudly, and we look for “cool cars” and roadside attractions and point them out to one another along the way. Even though spending an entire day in a car wouldn’t normally be at the top of anyone’s “fun list”- we do actually look forward to these family adventures.
But still- what if something goes wrong? What if I get a flat tire? What if someone gets sick? What if….. a DVD player breaks down? How will I get through these problems as the only adult in the car and no one else to take over the driving?
And why do people look at me as if I am crazy when I tell them that I am taking a road trip like this with my kids? (Stop doing this to me people…. this is what makes me think that I have something to worry about!)
I’m Not Letting Fear Stop Me
Sure, things could go wrong. I could get lost. I could get a flat tire (that’s what Geico roadside assistance is for). Someone could get sick (that’s why I carry a medicine chest full of supplies with me). I could get tired and decide that I need a break (and that’s when we go to a nice restaurant and enjoy a waitress-served meal!) When problems happen (and let’s face it… they will)…. then I will handle them. Just like I do at home- every day. Except on road trips, I am also getting the chance to see the world while I do it (or the continental United States at least).
So This Summer, I’m Taking the Big Road Trip
The one that I wanted to do last year, but was afraid to try. The 4-week road trip to see the western part of the United States. I am not just talking about it anymore- I am making plans- booking hotel and condo reservations, scoping out activities and dining, and putting together a budget, so that I can stretch our vacation dollars!
And I’m Taking You With Me
Bloggy-style of course. I mean, I’d love to actually to take you along…. but the Mommy bus just isn’t that big. This summer I will be sharing with you our adventures from the road. What we saw and did- what we loved and hated. I’ll be sharing with you all of the organizational how-tos and tips as I plan for our cross-country experience. And I am hoping to inspire some of you to think bigger on how you can travel more with your family. This is what a lifetime of memories comes from- spending time together, exploring, and broadening our horizons (literally).
I’m feeling brave about all this right now! How about you?