Our visit to Zion was too brief, but the heat and cost of the accommodations motivated us to continue west. Destination: a little uncertain. A few days ahead we had a reservation at Yosemite National Park, which we already visited a few years ago. We had a little apprehension about the crowds that would greet … More Vegas baby! And Death… Valley.
We left Santa Fe after four nights in the tight confines of a hotel. It bordered on a being a really nice hotel. The rooms were “okay,” the restaurant was really good, the pool area was pleasant. One section of the hotel (not ours) came with a butler! Monica learned that those who accidentally enter … More We boldly leave Santa Fe…and only make it an hour down the road.
After our great night in Oklahoma, we finished our three-day marathon drive to Santa Fe. This was a scenic drive that I remembered from a trip I took with some friends when I was a twenty year-old college student. Santa Fe is alone out in the desert. At 13 miles from our downtown hotel, there … More We love Santa Fe, but are there cracks forming in the “adobe” of the family road trip?
We spent four nights sleeping in a tent with two kids, in a campground with no showers. Our site had no water spigot – obviously no electricity. No cell service. It rained on the first day and everything was damp the entire time. Our mattress was wet. It was cold at night. And I didn’t … More They don’t call them the “Great” Smokies for nothing
Our first true destination of the trip (with apologies to my in-laws) was Charleston, South Carolina. In spite of having lead tour-buses of silver-haired guests from Key West to Gatlinburg, Monica had never been to Charleston. My best friend Dan used to live in Charleston so I’ve visited a few times. But I confess that … More In Charleston: Winning the first battle against the Rebels (children) at Ft. Sumter
Through the magic of television, we were recently two places at once. Just before we left home, I got an email from a local TV station asking us if we would like to come on their morning show and talk a little about Vascular Ehlers-Danlos, our upcoming trip and, presumably, how we intend to maintain … More A Big Van Enters The Low Country
And we’re off! … To the in-laws. Nothing like planning an epic 10,000 mile family road trip and making your first stop at the in-laws. Kind of like a Mars mission stopping at La Guardia first. But their house is a nice stopping point on the way to Charleston, they have a pool, and we … More And we’re off!
Before we had kids, before I had gray hair and before Monica stopped telling me how much our hotel rooms cost, we visited New York City a couple of times a year. Lest that sound bougie, it was the only place we visited frequently (perhaps that’s morebougie). We’d cash in our credit card rewards for … More This time we board a plane… for New York City
At the end of May we will load up the family and head out on the road without turning back (okay, we’ll be back by the time school starts.) We’ll be like modern pioneers in a van instead of a covered wagon. But I’m guessing even the early settlers probably took their Conestoga’s out for … More The final test before the summer journey
A little housekeeping before we get to the post: We now have a public Facebook page for Don’t Make Me Turn This Van Around. Be sure to “like” it for more pics that don’t make the blog, and post updates. This is Part Two of our three part, mega Spring Break chronicle, which came with … More Spring Break Scramble – Part Two!