Why don’t you just fly?
Because we’d miss out on hours of quality time and conversation. Flying is faster, but the cost is more and sometimes the headaches are too. Besides I just bought a new car only a few months ago and I love the luxury inside. Heated leather seats for the cold mountains. Full sunroof open in California letting in the breeze. XM radio playing whatever music we want. And scenery that is amazingly pretty.
Plus with driving we discover parts of the world that we would miss. Today my wife and I stopped in at The Railroad Park Resort for a moment. The rooms are all made of old train cabooses. They even have an old dining car modified into a restaurant. Next trip down- we will likely stay here.
Not only do we discover new attractions, we also stop at in at our favorite places. We hit In-N-Out Burger at least three times every trip. Best burgers ever. I think I mention this place far too often. I can’t help it. So tasty.
The drive into California is fun. This may be a business trip for my wife, but it’s a vacation for me. The art of the road trip isn’t as great as it once was. That makes me sad. We have done them for seven or eight years now with and without our children. Even the description of my blog mentions road trips… as well as trains, conventions, being a father and a geek… That pretty much sums up my life over the past few years.
I love every minute I spend in the car with my family. It’s a quality time that usually has us all being nicer to one another for long periods. I miss my kids in a way this time. But their toys are having a ton of fun!