On the Road with Mom and Dad

Aug 13, 2012

I’m on my yearly drive to Buck­han­non, WV with mom and dad to see fam­ily at the old home­stead. We left early, Sun­day morn­ing… so early we watched the sun­rise… this is not some­thing dad and I see all that often if ever… now mom most likely every sin­gle morn­ing, dad and I, well we are more of the sun­set kinda people.

After about three hours of dri­ving we stopped to eat break­fast. I left a lit­tle piece of Art Aban­don­ment at a Cracker Bar­rel, as we left. This is so fun to do… if you haven’t done this before you really should. There is a won­der­ful Face­book Group called Art Aban­don­ment that you really should join. Click HERE to check out the group.

It’s always nice look­ing at the dif­fer­ent types of land­scap­ing at rest stops… some are bet­ter than oth­ers but all have a lit­tle beauty if you just look.

And road trip snacks are always a must. This is candy, Car­o­line brought me from Seat­tle. I waited until this trip to eat them… mom, dad and I are try­ing to make them last as long as pos­si­ble… super big chal­lenge as these are AMAZING!

Once we cross the bridge into Ten­nessee we always stop at the BB King and Elvis Pres­ley Vis­i­tors Cen­ter and walk around. It’s a nice spot to stop, walk around and stretch your legs.

This is the sec­ond Art Aban­don­ment piece I left on our jour­ney. I fig­ure some­one will see it as it is right at the base of the statue of Elvis.

After 12 hours of dri­ving we called it a day and this bed was cer­tainly call­ing my name. I did come to the con­clu­sion that I cer­tainly pre­fer trav­el­ing with mom and dad to WV, at 47 years old rather than 10 years old…

  1. When you’re 10 you have a younger brother (8 years old) who loved to fart on your head when you were try­ing to sleep in the car.
  2. When you’re 47 with your par­ents dri­ving in the car that worry does not exist…
  3. When you’re 10 you have a younger sis­ter (2 yrs. old) that had to sit on the con­sole of the Lin­coln yelling I want to sit on the hump, I want to sit on the hump and then pro­ceed­ing to bounce up and down on the hump mak­ing me want to pull my hair out.
  4. When you’re 47 every­one in the car is too big to sit on the con­sole and cer­tainly doesn’t have the energy to yell and bounce up and down want­ing to sit on the hump.
  5. When you’re 10 you only stop at gas sta­tions to get gas, food and go to the bathroom.
  6. When you’re 47 you get to stop at rest stops to smell the flow­ers, walk around and eat in restaurants.
  7. When you’re 10 you drive all night and all day to get to WV.
  8. When you’re 47 you get to take two days to get to WV.
  9. When you’re 10 you don’t laugh nearly enough in the car.
  10. When you’re 47 you laugh all the time and enjoy being with your mom and dad far more than you ever did when you were 10.
We’ll arrive in Buck­han­non, WV, this after­noon. Which will not be a minute too soon, believe me.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1500532440 Max­ine Ann Hodges on Facebook

    Have a won­der­ful trip. It is beau­ti­ful here today. Safe travels!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243866756 Linda Spin­ney Camp­bell on Facebook

    Have a safe jour­ney. Enjoy!!!

  • Aunt Brenda

    Lisa, thanks for the laugh out loud moments…not only can I relate to your cur­rent trip, but to all the trips on which your Dad and I were stuffed in a sta­tion wagon.…are we there yet? How far is it? etc., etc., etc.