This year I decided to take my boys to my hometown for the holidays. Every other year we pack up and head over to have a holiday celebration with the grandparents. As time marches on, I find I want to cherish every moment I can with them. A while back, we lost my stepdad to his fight with cancer… I still miss him very much and it is a reminder to me to cherish the ones who are here now and make memories with them now and not wait till later… One thing that meant the world to me was that I got to spend time with my little brother during this trip… Now that we are adults and have our own crazy, hectic lives, we don’t get to see each other as often as I’d like.
It’s quite a drive to where I grew up. 9 1/2 hours accounting for a few pit stops along the way. Some people have asked why we don’t just fly. Well, honestly , even though I may complain a little about the drive, I like it. In fact, I love it! The truth is that being on a drive like that I have my kids undivided attention and we talk, joke, laugh…. spend quality time together where no one is on a tablet, laptop or phone. The best part of these road trips to me is when we go off the beaten path. My kids love to see a sign for something and we pull off the main highway to check it out. We have found so many interesting little niches we never would have seen otherwise .
After our holiday visit, ( and a few relaxing walks on the beach) it was time to head home to sunny Arizona. We packed up our stuff, managed to fit Boo’s accumulation of Christmas gifts into the car and headed home. As we cruised south on the 101 passing through Santa Barbara, Ventura and entering LA, I told my boys I had a surprise planned… Normally we just cruise thru LA without stopping (much to Boo’s displeasure–he’d love to stop at Disneyland every time LOL) This time I thought it would be fun to have a quick stop someplace I’d never taken the kids. We went to the ever famous, La Brea Tar Pits.
The kids and I LOVED this! It was a relatively quick stop… You can see the whole museum in less than a half hour and then walk around the tar pits outside. I had been here as a little girl with my grandma and grandpa and not been back since. Boo was thrilled to see all the fossils on display! He was so excited to see skeletons of mammoths and saber tooth tigers and told me they were related to Manny and Diego (Yes, we are big Ice Age fans)
As we enjoyed our time at the tar pits, we actually learned a lot of interesting history. As we climbed back into our car we were happy and hungry so we had a quick stop for lunch at Bob’s Big Boy (one of my childhood faves) and then we headed back to sunny Arizona.
I’d love to hear about your favorite road trips and interesting side trips! Please share them with me in the comments below . Happy Traveling!!!