We are on our annual spring road trip. In this photo, the sun is shining and here we are seeking the sun. In fact, the cat-and-dog rain was occurring as we left town and it was a full five hours before we saw the sun.
We will see friends and family, our favorite places and then return home hoping that the sun has decided to shine in our neck of the woods. While away, I hope to write not one, but two posts about road trips. I am leaving out the usual delicious restaurants, the meeting of friends and family, the shopping and such and instead focus on two things: how can Jack and I spend so much time in the car together and how ttwd plays such an important part of our road trip. How about that??
So I am sharing our definition of the perfect road trip first. In my next post, I will share that ttwd is always right along with us.
What makes a perfect road trip for us? How can we spend so much time together in the car for hours on end motoring to our favorite places? I even began to make notes and Jack joined in as we searched to explain the ingredients for that perfect time of hours and hours in the car!
Organization is key. Jack gets the car ready, but I am the one responsible for the rest. I pack a car bag which sits right next to me every inch of the way. I keep this bag high on my closet shelf taking it down for this kind of trip. Packing this bag is lots of fun. When road trips were with little ones, the same packing happened only with lots of different things. Many things go into this bag: iPhone, iPad, cords galore, eyeglasses, sunglasses, tissue, Jack's jelly beans, our gift cards for our beloved In and Out Burger stops, magazines, and the list goes on. I can see at a glance what I need.
So great.......... okay, we are organized, but what are we doing inside that car? Snippets work best here:
Pandora is playing our favorite songs
Discussion of important issues in the news and these days that can take awhile
Discussion of nature...... flora and fauna....... the sweet lambs we see in the fields along the way
Discussion of how ttwd is working so well and why, but that is for my next post
Discussion of our favorite stop aside from In and Out ......... Dairy Queen. I love the small kiddie cones.
The funny stuff.......... Jack looking for appropriate little roads to stop to spank his wife; I wore new soft long pants and Jack said he wanted my legs bare. I told him I would honor his request once the weather warmed up. I told him my new pants were spank-proof. I had read that on the tag. He said I needed my reading glasses because the tag really said "Spank right here".
Learning about the powerful engines needed to pull trains...... a train having more than one engine doing the work; the identification of just what a "bobtail rig" is even though sweet Allen Jackson sings about them when we listen to his music; reciting my favorite Robert Frost poem about nature's first green is gold.
Along with the jelly beans, a healthy supply of whoppers and root beer barrels.
My offers to take a turn driving are continually turned down....... he is such a careful driver.
I am usually wide awake as we drive. I help by map reading using a real map. I love it spread across my lap as we make our way.
These road trips have been a part of our lives forever. During his deployments, I missed him and the road trips terribly. Close and often touching as we make our way, it is a time just for us and we let the rest of the world simply go by as we enjoy one another.
Tell us about a special road trip you and your sweetie have enjoyed and why it is so special.