The Great American Road Trip – #3
I’ve haven’t been sure exactly how I want this series to look. As I’ve previously mentioned, I don’t want it to be a boring account of our trip: “today we saw a dead squirrel on the side of the road.”
So rather than give you all a day by day breakdown of our first few days on the road, I thought I’d start this series by sharing a list of random observations that have occurred to me as a result of our trip.
Let the observations begin…
- My wife and I pack very differently.
- My Mindset when I pack: what can I get away with not having?
- My Wife’s Mindset: What might I need?
- Vacations seem to prove we are all happier as minimalists: previously I’ve written about how we are at our best when we travel. Now I’m beginning to see how minimalism plays a role in that. We cut down all of our stuff to the bare essentials and happily live with the simplicity of the few items we’ve brought with us. Travel forces us to be minimalistic and yet vacations are usually identified as the best time of our year…coincidence, I think not!
- Turns out that mouth wash makes a decent aftershave if need be.
- Hitting a deer would put a massive damper on our road trip. Had a very close call during our first day of driving. This lead to a fair amount of speculation on what could have been and none of it was good.
- My oldest son is the worst human being to share a bed with. Our boys fell asleep in separate beds our first night, which lead to me sharing a bed with my oldest for the first and last time. My wife woke up at some point in the middle of the night and thought our oldest was gone. But he’d just pushed his way over to my side of the bed.
- Hydration is the enemy of road trips.
- Saturday night in New Orleans is a blast, but far less fun with 2 kids.
My wife is the extroverted Yin to my introverted Yang. So she literally makes friends wherever we go. When I came down to breakfast with my oldest, she’d made friends with a restaurant owner who happened to be from our home state. So now we have a new Indian restaurant to try out.
Despite all of her flexibility, she has one area in which she refuses to yield and that is coffee. She refuses to drink hotel coffee and insisted that we find local coffee shops in all the cities we visit.
After locating a desirable coffee shop, we stopped quickly on our way to our next destination. However, after 5 minutes I looked up from my twitter feed to see what was taking her so long. She is of course posing for a picture with the owner of the coffee shop and one of the patrons.
It has been a very busy few days and getting even these few words written has been a challenge. I’m hoping I’ll have a bit more time in the days to come, but you might be in for another brief update for my next post.