As would be true of any
road trip, the key to success would be planning ahead. Such was not the case when my husband and I decided to take a road trip with my sister and her husband from Minnesota to Montana and and then down into Wyoming one June many years ago. Our final destination was Yellowstone National Park.
Of course, there were many beautiful sights along the way, some of which were the mountains in Montana, a sight which a girl from Minnesota had never seen before. We camped along the way, not minding having to sleep in tents on the ground (this was
thirty-five years ago). We thought we had everything planned. . . that is, until when we camped at the foot of the Grand Tetons.
I remember that night after we put out the campfire before we went to bed, my husband remarked to my sister and her husband, "You know, it's getting pretty chilly out here, you guys. You better bundle up tonight." And then he laughed. And it was
getting chilly! Little did we realize how chilly it really was getting to be.
When I woke up the next morning, my first thought was: It is freezing in here!
And then I noticed Mike was already out of the tent. I put on my shoes and bundled up in my jacket. Then I zipped open the tent flap and was shocked by the sight I beheld. There was my husband standing in front of the campfire, making scrambled eggs, but he was standing in almost a foot of snow, and the snow was falling at a snowstorm rate! All I could think was: You can tell he's from Minnesota!
How could we have planned better? By checking the weather report! We hightailed it out of there (my husband and brother-in-law would have stayed if we sisters hadn't insisted) and checked into the nearest motel. By the way, we met a park ranger as we were leaving who told us that blizzard warnings had been announced all morning long. No kidding! A hot shower never felt so good!
So, now that you've heard my favorite road trip anecdote, here is my list of successful road trip must-haves:
1. The usual things: Clothing and personal care items (this could cover anything from a comb to hot rollers—you decide).
2. Chocolate: Don't leave home without it!
3. Good company: Just so you don't get bored!
4. Fabulous music: To liven things up a bit.
5. A good sense of humor: This will never
hurt and always
6. Various snacks: To ward off those munchy attacks until you stop for real
7. A camera: To take pictures of all the beautiful places you'll see (don't forget to put a new battery in before
8. Games: For the kids in the back seat (trust me, Mom, you'll be glad you brought them—take it from someone who knows).
9. A map: In the unlikely event that you get you lost.
10. Car keys: Just one of those important minor little details.
The most important thing, that above all the rest, is: HAVE FUN!