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Not Too Late for a Summer Road Trip

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On: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:40PM | By: Karen Cook

Not Too Late for a Summer Road Trip

When my boys were small, the height of summer was going to the beach. We live in Florida so it may not seem like a big deal, but we are in the dead center of the state which means there are lots of beaches available and none of them are particularly close. We got up early on a Saturday and packed the picnic basket, put on our suits, grabbed a blanket and we were off. The salt air breeze was delicious, the water was chilly and refreshing, and the sand was made into the most pitiful sand castles imaginable. But we were in heaven. Coming home meant a car full of sand, pink noses, and Church's Fried Chicken bought on the way and eaten in the car. The grease and sand were reminders of the beach into the fall even after the car was “cleaned”.

School is only a few weeks away in Florida, but there's still time to get in another summer memory or two if you do it right. A weekend road trip to some place local supports the economy in your neighborhood and means you can sleep in your own bed. The internet makes it easy to search your area and find places you've never been even though they are in your own backyard. Pick a radius in miles from your front door and start searching.

Before you take off on your mini-adventure, though, make sure your car is ready for the trip. Nothing spoils a road trip faster than waiting for a tow truck. Get your oil changed and check your belts, hoses, and tires. Pack an emergency kit containing things like first aid supplies, fire extinguisher, flashlight, and duct tape. Also throw in a tire gauge and sealant, reflective warning triangles (in case you break down at night), and jumper cables if you don't already carry them. Drinking water, snacks, and a blanket can come in handy as well.

The trip can be as much fun as the destination, even with children. If yours aren't interested in the traditional car games, like I Spy or 20 Questions, incorporate their technology and have them do a Picture Scavenger Hunt on their phones. You can also suggest “collecting” unusual pictures or town names in the same way.

My children still remember those “beach days” fondly. It's not too late to give a summer memory to yours.


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