This is the last post describing what we lovingly refer to as “The Big Trip”. For those of you who have followed the whole journey, thank you for your patience in all the time that living life has made it hard to find time to write. If you’re new, we welcome you to read older posts about this amazing trip that changed our lives. While we started this blog as a way to document this particular Continue Reading →
Posted in Before and After - Predictions vs Reality, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged family travel, life-changing, Pennsylvania, return home by Christine with 1 comment.
On the road again to our last destination: northern Virginia and Washington DC. I have a cousin* in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC that I hadn’t seen for years, so it was time for a visit. We arrived at their house on a Friday evening and spent the evening catching up. We met her husband for the first time, and helped him explore his Swedish heritage. He learned to say “Ge hit en öl Continue Reading →
Posted in National Parks, People along the way, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged DC with kids, family friendly Washington DC, Natural History museum, Smithsonian with kids, Virginia/DC, Washington DC by Christine with no comments yet.
Continuing north, we left the I95 corridor and headed for the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. It was the closest and fastest route, and I remember crossing it as a kid and thinking it was really fun. Though the tolls were a bit steep with the trailer, it was a welcome break from miles of endless interstate. Both bridges and tunnels are exciting for kids in the car, and the CBBT offers about 20 Continue Reading →
Posted in People along the way, Route Info, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Del-Mar-Va Peninsula, Delaware, Delmarva roadtrip, Laurel DE, southern Delaware, Virginia/DC by Christine with no comments yet.
While we weren’t the least bit tired of traveling or being on the road, we were a little tired of being tourists. The weather, though it had stopped raining, had turned colder and we weren’t inspired to head to any of South Carolina’s beaches. We also decided not to head in to Charleston but instead chose a leisurely morning at the campground and then got back on I95 heading north. We reasoned that the East Continue Reading →
Posted in Campground Reviews, The Camper, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged campground I95 corridor, KOA, KOA North Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina campground, year-round campground by Christine with no comments yet.
Despite all of the twists and turns we encounter in more than 12,000 miles of road, we often talked about our big trip having 4 main turns. We started by turning WEST in Pennsylvania, and though we wove around to see sights and visit friends, our general direction was west. When we reached the Pacific we made a giant left turn and started heading SOUTH along the West Coast. When we reached Mexico, we made Continue Reading →
Posted in Campground Reviews, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged campground I95 corridor, driving north, endings, KOA South Carolina, South Carolina, South Point KOA by Christine with no comments yet.
Since our friends were in a housing transition and staying with family, it was important to us to be able to visit with our friends at our campsite rather than expect them to host us. The Daytona Beach KOA gave us a great location to be able to do that. Here’s our campground review (spoiler alert: it’s a good one) Price: $70 for 2 nights (not including KOA member discount) Location: convenient to most Daytona Beach Continue Reading →
Posted in Campground Reviews, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged campground Florida beach, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach campground, Daytona Beach camping, Daytona Beach KOA, Daytona Beach KOA review, Florida, KOA by Christine with no comments yet.
Jess and I met in college. We had the same major, the same minor, shared faith and a lot of common interests. We were fast friends. After graduation, she headed off to teach as a missionary in Ecuador, and except for an occasional email, we lost touch for a while. A few years later, she was married to an Ecuadorian man and we reconnected over the headaches involved with sponsoring our foreign husbands through the Continue Reading →
Posted in People along the way, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged campfire, coast to coast, Daytona Beach, Florida, reconnecting with old friends by Christine with no comments yet.
Continuing east into Florida, we stopped and spent a night at the Tallahassee East KOA campground. We had plans to meet up with friends in Daytona Beach for the weekend, so we did not take time to see or do anything in the area. Here’s our review: Price: $33/night after KOA member rebate Location: Convenient to I-10 in the Tallahassee area. Facilities: Great shower and bathroom facilities. The common room was comfortable, with armchairs and Continue Reading →
Posted in Campground Reviews, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged family-friendly campground Tallahassee, Florida, Florida KOA, Gulf Coast campgrounds, Gulf Coast KOA, Tallahassee KOA by Christine with no comments yet.
Leaving New Orleans, our next destination was Daytona Beach, FL. But since that trip was over 9 hours of driving time, we broke it up and made a couple of overnight stops along the Gulf Coast. We didn’t spend much time in Mississippi, essentially just driving across the southern tip of it. But the Mississippi highlight was this exit marker off of I-10. When I was a kid, my dad traveled often for work. I always Continue Reading →
Posted in Campground Reviews, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged Alabama, Alabama campground, Alabama RV park, Gulf Coast RV park, Hilltop RV park, Mississippi, Pascagoula, Pascagoula really exists, sexist RV park by Christine with no comments yet.
Full confession: the title of this post comes from a line of a song in the movie Steel Magnolias. It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen it, but I think they dance to it in the wedding reception scene. For some reason, this song I barely know pops into my head every time I hear the word bayou. So now you know. It seems that every time we spend time checking out a Continue Reading →
Posted in National Parks, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged Bayou Coquille trail, bayou nature, bayou trail, Jean Lafitte National Park, Louisiana, Louisiana hiking, New Orleans, New Orleans with kids by Christine with 2 comments.