Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Perfect Road Trip...... Letting The Rest Of The World Go By





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. 

Meredith




27 comments:

  1. Lovely post, Meredith. So your Jack will not spank in a hotel (according to your last post), but he will spank you on an off road? That is really interesting! I hope you behave on this vacation but not if you don't want to. hehe Storm (husband) and I are long time married, high school sweethearts, too. I don't have a road trip to write about that involves ttwd, but we did take interesting detour into Amish country once and used those back roads and corn fields for something else. Looking forward to your next post!

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    1. Windy,
      Welcome to my blog. Detours can indeed be interesting. Email me so we can get to know one another behind the blog.
      M

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    2. Thank you, Meredith. I'm touched. I will e-mail you indeed.

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  2. Your trip is going to be perfect! Enjoy the sun and the alone time together, I love road trips and the best are when you can take your time and enjoy the sights. Pandora is a favorite on our road trips as well! Ttwd and Jack and a side road, hmmm sounds like you will be having some extra fun. You are adventurous and brave!
    Mignon

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    1. Mignon,
      We love Pandora. No memorable road trips for the two of you?
      M

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  3. Sounds like a lovely road trip, Meredith! :) Much of it I can relate to- from music, to news, to lively (and even times of spanky) conversations, and quiet time enjoying the scenery. There is always a well stocked bag or two, with all the necessities for travel. Definitely some cold drinks (or hot coffees), and stops at fav places, or newly discovered ones to try out.

    About a year ago we picked up our youngest from college. We embarked on a very long road trip adventure, that had us stop in a state park to go on an all day hike. While it definitely tested my hiking fitness limits at the time, it is a memory that Rob, our youngest and I will always hold dear.

    Have lots of fun with your loving spanky man! Many hugs,

    ❤️Katie xoxo

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    1. Katie,
      I remember hearing about that special road trip. Yes, hot coffee is essential on road trips and then, frequent stops are important. LOL
      M

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  4. I love long road trips with Sir. We've not had really long ones, maybe our longest was 8 hours in a car together.

    But there is something different about being confined in a car together, it brings out the best conversations.

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    1. Lea,
      When there are no distractions and eyes are forward, it always feel intimate and safe. I agree with you.
      M

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  5. I love a good road trip. Like you, we are prepared with goodies and treats all packed. My favourite thing is to sit in that passenger seat enjoying a cup of tea along the way. One mini road trip does come to mind with this post and it involves a utility road that you already know about. That is all I’m sharing about that one. It sounds like you both have a lot of fun along the way. Find the sun, soak it up, enjoy each other and have a really good time! I look forward to the next post.

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    1. Laurel,
      All I can say is be still, my heart. I know that story of yours. Fun and road trips go together.
      M

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  6. Lovely Meredith, I too love road trips, though frustratingly, often fall asleep off and on. Have a wonderful time :)

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. Roz,
      I only took one short cap nap on this trip. Getting sleepy is common.
      M

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  7. Ahhhh, Meredith ... I'm sorry to report there hasn't been a road trip in our life in a very long time. We do the trip to the big city a couple of times a year but it is very much a stop and go with the ferry and such, so it really doesn't count. I am looking forward to the day when we can hop in a motor home and set our sights on faraway places.

    Enjoy your road trip, off road spanky times, and your California sunshine, all with your loving man!

    ... nj ... xx

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    1. NJ,
      In your neck of the woods, long drives do not occur. Maybe we are do something about that.
      M

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  8. Hi Meredith, hope you and Jack have a lovely safe trip. I do love those long journeys in the car.
    love Jan, xx

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    1. Jan,
      You are back from your sweet trip. Did you have fun? Are you doing a post about it all?
      M

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  9. Meredith, your post made me smile. Been a while since we've been on a long road trip. Have a wonderful time.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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    1. Ronnie, Maybe you and P need to hit the motorway! A lot can happen!
      M

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  10. OH I love car rides with BIKSS and we've been on a couple of road trips together. The first time I was worried that we would fight or things would go south, but it was splendid. And I've only ever looked forward since!

    I mentioned taking one recently, let's see if we manage to find some time to do that!

    Enjoy the vacay!

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    1. Fondles,
      Looking forward is the best way to assure a smooth time. Thank you for commenting.
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  11. As you know, we took a four year road trip - lots of closeness. Considering the close quarters both on the road and living in the RV, we had few flare-ups, but then we don't have many at all.
    Have a great vacation.

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    1. Sunny,
      I know you and Ray are smooth and sweet to one another.
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  12. First, Meredith, I couldn't help but think about your "Jack" as your own personal Jack Kerouac and your very own edition of "On the Road!"

    Love this post of yours and can't wait for the story that's coming around the next bend.

    Sam and I have so much fun on road trips. Must have the snacks and drinks on, as well as lots of favorite music. Sam loves to make compilations for special destinations. He also likes me to read to him, especially if we are heading to a museum or historical site.

    We do have happy spankings with quiet implements. It is up to me to keep from making any noise. Lots of bed pillows do the trick. Then we do some very personal sight-seeing.

    So Says Ella



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    1. Ella,
      The four of us have had so much growing up time. In the olden days, road trips were the only opportunity to be alone. Now I look at road trips as a most intimate time together.
      M

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  13. I love long road trips. My favourite so far was when we travelled from the bottom of Australia to the top. We took our time exploring new places along the way.
    Have fun on your road trip.
    Hugs Lindy xx

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  14. Harry and I used to take long road trips through France when our girls were young. As well as providing drinks and snacks, I used to make up ‘lucky dip’ bags filled with things for the girls to do. They were allowed a ‘dip’ every hour. It didn’t stop all squabbles or grumpiness but went a long way to keeping the journey peaceful. We were reminded of it on a recent trip with our elder daughter and her partner. Happy days!
    Rosie xx

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