Summer Road Trippin Part One
Last year when I told friends I was doing a West Coast Road Trip on my own with three girls (the youngest only being a year old), I was met with everything from “Wow! That’s awesome!,” to, “Wow! You’re nuts!” Full disclosure, I kind of felt both of those emotions… but once it was all said and done, I couldn’t wait to do it again. So this year, when I had the opportunity to repeat the trip, plus add some additional stops, I was beyond ecstatic. Our departure date couldn’t come soon enough!
As a mom, if you have ever entertained the idea of road tripping on your own with the kiddos, but felt held back by fear or whatever excuse existed that day, let me encourage you to go for it! It is empowering and exciting to embark on a journey that you are responsible for. There is so much inspiration and beauty to be found on the road and the lessons we teach our children through an experience like this are innumerable. I thank my sister-in-law Raquel, for inspiring me to take the plunge and “go for it!”
“A Strong Woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey
Years ago, while still living in Los Angeles, my sister-in-law, Raquel, made the trek from Omaha, Nebraska to Los Angeles on her own, with four kids! The youngest was one at the time. I hate to admit it, but I was in the same camp with my friends and thought Raquel was nuts! I couldn’t imagine traveling cross-country with four kids, on my own. But my time was certainly coming. The Road Trip Bug bit and now this little addiction of mine is simply too good to not share with others.
Our family has enjoyed the nice Summer tradition of hitting the road for years now. Unfortunately, due to our new business, my husband was unable to join us last Summer, but I chose to get out of dodge anyway with the girls. Thank you Raquel for paving the way! Fast forward to this Summer’s adventure, while carving out the plans, I was thrilled to find out my husband would be able to join us periodically, along the journey.
On the road for three and a half weeks, we’d travel a week, be joined by Dad, travel another week and be joined by him again. It was hands down, the best of both worlds. Girls had time to be girls, and than we had time with our favorite man. And let me tell you! If it weren’t for this favorite man of ours, a very important and major highlight of our trip would have never happened! I’ll get more to that in future “Summer Road Trippin” posts!
- Oil Change, Tire Change and All Fluids Full
- Road Trip Music Playlist: This year’s official road trip song was JT’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”
- Treats and Sweets: Salt/Vinegar and Sour Cream and Onion Pringles with Skittles are my deadly combination (ick!)
- Camera and Writing Pad in the passengers seat for those creative moments I need to capture.
- Outdoor Fun
- See Old (or not so Old) Friends and Enjoy Family!
- Don’t Be Afraid To Steer From The Plan: Be Open to Spontaneity
- Plan a “Big” Surprise for your kiddos if you’re able! (on this road trip, our surprise was coupled with the “Be Spontaneous” above)
- Find a Local Event
Over the next several posts, I look forward to sharing my adventures with you, of our travels from Dallas to Las Cruces, to Phoenix, to Anaheim, to Los Angeles, to Las Vegas, to Park City, to the Grand Tetons, to Yellowstone Park, across Wyoming to Custer, South Dakota. To Denver, to Wichita, Kansas, through Oklahoma and back Home. My girls were able to cross off 12 states! (We were in Idaho for approximately 15 minutes on the way to the Grand Tetons!)
It was one of the best adventures of my life and I can’t wait to press repeat (maybe not exactly repeat) next Summer! I hope you enjoy and that it inspires you to create a memorable road trip of your own.
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