Category: Travel

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Fall Break? More Like Fall Test of Will…

Fall break. Break feels wrong. Fall trip? Fall travels? Fall test of will? That feels closer.  We made it. We are speeding up, I don’t want to sound braggy, but we knocked out a 5.5 hour trip in 7 hours, which by my calculations and my strong back bone in common core math, we basically arrived early.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing. Clara Jane asked if we were there yet about 6,000 times, including an unbelievably early query, as we...

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Busy Seasons…More Like Busy Years, Right?

We are busy. …and I mean busy, so busy in fact that I may not have time to actually write the rest of this… I’m back, the toilet just broke, no really. The plastic thingy disconnected from the tube thing that connects to fill the tank with the water (obviously, I’m a plumber). It broke clean off. My first repair option involved super glue and some duct tape, that combo can’t possibly fail, right? Busyness rightfully gets a bad wrap...

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Mamaw Turned 87…We Think.

Last night we were headed to celebrate Mamaw’s 87th birthday. We think… An important note of clarification: Mamaw disagrees (and pretty much always has) with the age on her birth certificate and steadfastly says her name is wrong on it, too. So this may or may not have been number 87…and you know what? I am with her! I disagree with the height and weight on my license so who am I to start drawing lines in the sand? As...

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These Kids Don’t Want to Rock

Davis and I were driving and listening to music. He likes to rock so we had it on the station that used to play oldies, 92.5. Now it’s just hard rock for hard people like me. It can’t still only play oldies because Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” came on and that’s a current and raging hit. Anyway, I was singing and delivering what, I think, was a terrific and heartfelt performance. When someone from the backseat chimed in… Davis...

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Summer Travel With Kids – The Long Ride Home

As summer comes to a close and the blazing 100-degree temps fade into the welcoming arms of the cool upper ninety-degree temps I think it’s time we address the elephant in the back seat. The long ride home with kids… It’s often mentioned that the ride home feels much shorter than the ride to vacation.  That’s fine and dandy and in most cases probably holds true.  But with kids in the back seat, the wheels can literally come off at...

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Filet of Fireworks: A Fourth of July Story

Here we are again, another quick spin around the sun and we are back to the Fourth of July(eve). Not only do I celebrate our countries independence I also celebrate the night I did not die in a head-on collision with a full grown cow. Wait, what? Yep, head-on. See the below equation for “clarity”: Me + Honda Accord + Dark and Hilly Road + Huge Cow – My Nerves = Craziness === Let me take you back…the year was 2012. I...

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Summer Travel With Kids – A Story Of What Not To Do

Summer travel with kids is not for the faint of heart. Anything can happen, lives will change, allegiances will be tested, and someone will get thrown up on, mark it down. It’s Murphy’s Law hopped up on Lucky Charms. My father-in-law always says it’s a vacation if you go without kids and it’s a trip if you go with kids… But this story from two summers ago, oh this story, I just got chills. It’s about a family of plucky...

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Summer with Kids – The Heat is On

It’s that time of year, again. Summer with Kids… Winter’s cold grip held on too long and the five perfect days of spring seem to have slipped by in a moment. Now it’s hot and hotter most days and soon schools will shut their doors for a few months and the game is on. Summer camps, summer travel with kids, and hopefully without if you are able to get away, and a whole slew of other time killers to pass...

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A Not So Simple Act Of Kindness

This morning on my way to work I stopped for a delicious breakfast sandwich at the local health food drive-thru. After pulling up to window number one with my money ready for payment, the smiling cashier informed me that my meal was paid for by the kind woman two cars ahead. But, why? What was her angle? Was she just nice? No one is nice anymore, right? So, not to be “out-niced” by this generous person I quickly and way...

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Don’t Bring a Motorcycle to a Minivan Fight

Due to the current freezing temperatures, I felt it necessary to tell a short summer story. A story of warm air and windows down, one of hope and minimal allergies. It was a delightful summer night. The type of night that could bring world peace. The air was cold enough to refresh but warm enough to comfort. The kids and I loaded into our minivan, our four-wheeled and slightly aerodynamic steed. I don’t remember where we were headed. On beautiful...

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