I posted recently about how family road trips used to be (back in my day – some 35 years ago!). Things sure have changed since I was little – some for the good and some not-so-good. When we take road trips these days, everyone is safely bucked in their seats and we have plenty of electronics to keep us busy!
The most recent trip my family took was to Oregon to visit friends of ours who moved there recently. It was about an 8-hour drive, and pretty tedious. My husband, daughter and I left at the crack of dawn and kept ourselves entertained for the first part of the trip with music from my iPod. We sang and danced in our seats (the best we could, being strapped in and all). The second part of our journey we all quieted down a bit as we were drawn into our iPads and phones. Well, of course, except for my husband who was doing the driving.
We were quite comfy, since we drove up in the car that I won. This car has all the bells and whistles one could want, so we had plenty to keep us entertained.
Once we arrived we were greeted by our friends and their pups, Zeus, Hey You and Bob Marley.
My daughter and Bob Marley:
We spent several fun-filled days with our buddies and taking tours of local offerings.
My daughter and my friend even took a kayak down the Deutsches River where an unexpected hailstorm had them seeking shelter under a bridge. Ahhh good times!
We really enjoyed our road trip to Oregon, and we saw some amazing sights. We are now even considering moving there when my husband retires in a couple of years. There is nothing better than being near good friends, and this trip confirmed that this is where we want to be.
My husband and daughter at the top of Pilot Butte:
Sometimes I miss the traveling of the past – it really was a much simpler time then. But I also look at how far we have come, and I am grateful that we have so many things to keep us busy on the long and boring road trips!
And finally…the winner of the giveaway. Drumroll please!
Cindy B. is the lucky winner of the Alamo Prize Pack Giveaway that just ended on Eighty MPH Mom. Lucky lady!
How do you thing traveling has changed since you were a kid?
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*I received a gift card for writing about my travel stories. All opinions are my own.