HOW-TO ROAD TRIP IN STYLE part two
by marta of martawrites.com
to learn about packing up for a road trip, please read part one. once you arrive at your locale, enjoy every minute of it. even if it's just for a day-trip, relish in the surroundings. no matter how lavish or not-so-lavish your destination is, road trips are everything you make them to be. you're talking to a gal who went camping on her honeymoon; i'm well schooled in this stuff.
enjoy the view. try to find the best parts about your new place. be adventurous. usually dan takes me up tall mountains or on long woodsy hikes. however on our recent road trip to sun valley, we did a mini hike up to the fancy sun valley golf course. neither of us golf, so it was like scooping out uncharted territory. it was so beautiful. i love any hike that ends up in a lovely air conditioned building! there was a big fancy lodge with flat screen tv's and an incredible view of the course. or do i say the greens? i wanted to be a poser and sit on the patio and order something fizzy and wear one of those gloves you see golfers wearing and sport a cute polo tee and terry cloth visor and chat it up with my wee little caddy who might just be wearing one of those darling tweed caps that little boys wear in london.
explore the sights and bring an extra pair of clothing. you never know when you will fall into a fountain or spill apple juice down your shirt. it's nice to have a fresh, non-wrinkled outfit to slip into. our little boy is not the only one, i am the queen of changing in the car in a flash. a little like wonder woman or maybe word girl.
tote along an army of entertainment devices for the little ones at restaurants. we usually have a game plan that one of us eats first and then takes the squirming babe out for a walk while the rest of the group sits and eats like real adults. the kneadery is our favorite place in sun valley for breakfast and the spot where i devoured my belgium waffle in seconds. thus, i had the chance to hang out with benji for a post-breakfast ring around the roses session.
shop where locals shop. dine where locals dine. lounge where locals lounge. but please, do not fall into trendy traps. i can't get over these webby weird shoes dubbed fivefingers from vibram. (i see them as the new version of the croc. which i'm not totally on board with either. call me old fashioned, but i still dig my adidas.) if you enter the elephant's perch in sun valley, a place that sells outdoor gear and bikes and packs and patagonia brand breathable clothing that is marked up twice as much as normal clothing (yes, i understand cotton kills–meaning it's the worst type of fabric to wear outdoors–but seriously, if i'm gonna spend this much money on a shirt, i'm going to anthro), you'll find these shoes all colorfully lined up near the cash register begging you to buy them. i was not in the least bit tempted to buy them. however i did try them on. just to give them a fair shake. i was not convinced. maybe i'm too worldly or out of touch with the art of going barefoot in nature, but why in the world do i need these shoes? rock climbing, maybe. (i'd prefer to get a baby pair and give them to benji so he doesn't have to go barefoot in one of those germ-infested playlands.) more importantly, what would i wear them with and who needs their toes individually compartmentalized? (if you own a pair of these shoes, i definitely want to interview you and hear your review. and for the record, you're probably way more in shape than me and lots cooler too.) i'm all about exploring new and exciting things; just stay true to yourself. don't try to be someone you're not. which cancels out all that talk about being a pro golfer.
loosen up a little. the joy of staying somewhere else is you get to break all of your regular rules. you can stay in your jammies all day, you get to eat in bed (and never even make your bed) and watch favorite movies with your best friends by your side.
take part in the simple things. sit near a stream, feed the ducks, read a good book, go to bed early, tell stories, hold hands, breathe in fresh air and turn off anything you own that beeps, chimes or rings at you.
bring along only the best traveling companions. listening to the stories of lewis & clark was the best backdrop while traveling home. we twisted around the miles of sage brush and wide open fields in idaho listening to the adventures of dan's heroes. while we enjoyed air conditioning and yogurt covered raisins, they were bit by mosquitos, eating wild animals, paddling canoes, meeting native americans and packaging up a live prairie dog as a gift for those back at the white house. true story. i highly recommend reading or listening to something unique, they are the best reminders of the trips taken.
kick back and enjoy the ride. relax and rest up. remember, your regular routine is right around the corner. soak up the sunshine, pile your stuff in, turn up the tunes and hit the road. if i have snapped lots of scenic photos, discovered a nice souvenir, sung duets loudly and written down a few prose, i know the trip was a success. now do tell, what are your road trip tips?
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
26 July 2010