Let's Talk with Terry Ambrose
Return of the road trip
Ah, the Great American Road Trip. Depending on your taste in movies, it might conjure up images of Easy Rider, National Lampoon’s Vacation, or Rain Man. But the once-popular road trip died off for a time. Air travel became faster and cheaper and the road trip became a tedious way to get from Point A to Point B.
In the post-Covid-19 world, the road trip is making a comeback. For many of us, there are too many people in the tight confines of an airplane. Not being willing to fly put the kibosh on going to our favorite vacation destination—Hawaii. The question was, where to go for some time away? The answer turned out to be hidden in a conversation wife and I had been having for years. We decided to visit the national parks.
Plan, plan, and plan to be surprised
For our first long(ish) road trip, we chose Pinnacles National Park. Our planned route took us through once-familiar territory, through LA and then up US 101. Our first night’s stop was to be in Solvang, a small Danish town north of Santa Barbara. (We arrived right at the start of the annual scarecrow festival!) For the return, we planned to go west to Monterey and then down the coast along California’s iconic Highway 1.
We spent months planning our trip. Logistically, we were balancing the charging requirements of our electric car, our dietary restrictions (we both have different food allergies), and what sights we wanted to see. The planning was, at times, very challenging (especially when dealing with food allergies). The planning was also a large part of the fun. One of the great things about the planning phase of any trip is that it’s free. It costs nothing to Google a place and explore. Then again, nothing compares to actually being there.
Our trip not only helped us discover new places we’d never heard about, but it also gave us the opportunity to learn the history of stops along the way. We enjoyed the ‘Pinnacles trip’ so much that we’re planning our next road trip. It will be longer and will take in multiple national parks. The trip won’t happen until the fall, but we can’t wait until that exciting morning when we get to say, “We’re off!”
What kind of traveler are you? Are you a road trip person? Strictly an air traveler? Or maybe you like to cruise? It’s time to fess up. What’s your travel fantasy?
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