Well it’s Friday night and we’re getting out of town.
We don’t care when the sun goes down.
Making memories with my friends…
Just road trippin on a long weekend. ~Josh Abbott Band
I’ll never forget the first time I made Kutter drive across the country with me to visit my family. We had just moved in together and bought our sweet puppy, Raleigh, and I was convinced that it was a good idea to drive across the country on a long weekend. I’m not even really sure how we survive some of our trips, but this one in particular was crazy. We spent two days in the car, barely over 24 hours in North Carolina at my parents house, and another two days in the car on the way home… with a two month old puppy. It was a blast, and we got to see nine different beautiful states and really enjoyed seeing the country.
Each of our trips has something different to offer. Some times we go the northern route, and others we drive all across the south. One trip we took we only spent 24 hours in North Carolina and others we’ve spent two weeks. A couple of trips we have camped in a tent along the way, once where we almost froze to death and another where it was so sticky and humid we were sweating in our sleep. One trip we stopped in Arkansas at a hotel and woke up to snow! Most of the time we stay in a cabin at a KOA and love every minute of it, talk about quick, easy, accommodating, clean and dog friendly. One time we even drove the entire 1,250 miles in one day! I’m not sorry to say that I am a hotel snob, and well the hotel we thought we were going to stay at just wasn’t cutting it. I made the executive decision to keep driving, and a nap in the back seat of the truck with the dogs and two red bulls later we got home at 5am and slept the entire next day. This latest trip, and I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, we got side swiped by a semi-truck. It was absolutely terrifying, but everyone was okay, and I get to sport a really nice rental car for the week so I can’t complain too much. Each road trip has a story to tell and special memories forever engraved in my heart.
Let me just say that road trips are an amazing way to slow down, spend quality time together, and enjoy the journey. Since that first trip across the country we have driven back and forth between Texas and North Carolina six times in two years! We have gotten to know each others vulnerable sides, talk about any and everything, slow down and enjoy each others company, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We have two puppies who are both amazing travelers now, and we have the entire country mapped out to make the most of our trips. It has become one of my favorite traditions, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Do any of y’all go on cross-country road trips regularly? How do you prefer to travel?
Cheering you on,