Goal: Santa Monica Pier and dipping toes in the Pacific Ocean Isn't it fitting that we made it to the end of our journey on Route 66 on day 6? And what an epic day it was. After fueling up on breakfast at our motel, we headed out on the road for a very quick drive to Los Angeles and finally, Santa Monica Pier - the end of the road. What a monumental day this was for us. An epic statement that we, as a family, can accomplish a whole lot if we work together, keep our minds open, and just shut up and enjoy the ride. (In fact wouldn't we all be better off in every day life if we followed those 3 simple tasks?)
Goal: Pasadena, CA We made our way to Pasadena on the Fourth of July. The temperature as we drove through the seemingly endless Mojave Desert exceeded 112 degrees Fahrenheit. It kind of speaks to our mood and how much energy we had at this point, that none of us took pictures on the road this day. I have looked through each of our cameras (including the kids' cameras). There is not even a back-seat selfie featuring a backdrop of the desert.
Goal: Enjoy the Grand Canyon As stated in an earlier post, we decided to stay in Camp Verde, AZ, about 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon. We stayed so far away because we did not plan early enough to stay (affordably) any closer. It was Fourth of July weekend and EVERYTHING was booked! Even campsites. My advice: if you plan on visiting one of the famous National Parks on July 4th weekend, plan ahead.
Goal: Camp Verde, AZ By day three, our road trip was becoming a bit too road-trippy, as in we found ourselves on the road for 10-12 hours a day, eating a ton of road food, and starting to feel a little sick of sitting on our behinds for so long. So I decided it was time for some kind of exercise.
Goal: Albuquerque, NM Day 2 of our road trip started with a little bit of a back-track. We arrived at our destination (Tulsa, OK) a bit too late last night to visit the Blue Whale of Catoosa, so we asked the children if they wanted to travel back 15 minutes to explore it. The Blue Whale was one of the sites we researched ahead of time to prepare for our trip.
Goal: Tulsa, OK If you ask my son what his favorite part of our road trip was, he would say the Gemini Giant. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why...
Well, imagine my surprise, after deciding that our epic family trip would be a drive along the entire length of Route 66, that [...]
When planning for our road trip, I took some advice from one of my favorite books called The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. [...]