• Judy Cohen

Operation: See the U.S.A. — Family Road Trip, Part 1

Today we started our summer vacation. This year we decided to be super adventurous and hit the road. While my vacation of choice always involves a beach, a pool and frozen drinks with an umbrella and cherry, every once in a while you’ve got to mix it up. So this year we decided it was time to get Jack off the island – of Manhattan – and take a family road trip to show him more of this great country we live in.

Judy-isms family road trip

Getting the car ready to roll

Growing up, my family always went on road trips for our vacations and I’ll be honest, I hated them. Of course, driving anywhere when you live in Texas takes days to get to your destination no matter how long or short the trip. And ours always seemed to be long hauls to Washington, D.C., California and Florida. But as much as I couldn’t stand being in the car for days at a time, those times and experiences were the best of my life. I loved all the places we went, everything I learned along the way, and hanging out with my family. Although I’m sure my father would have loved to leave me on the side of the road every time I asked, “are we there yet?”

Unlike the road trips of my youth where you drove 5 hours and were still in Texas (or maybe if you were lucky and driving east you might hit Mississippi), when you start in New York City and drive 5 hours south, you hit 6 states! So far the verdict is good, if you don’t count the stop-and-go traffic through much of Philadelphia and Baltimore, and our E-Z Pass transponder not working. Jack was awesome too, but then again, what kid wouldn’t be with the ability to listen to his own music and watch DVDs the whole way? He also has his own road atlas and highlighter and is following the map as we go. Geography anyone?

Tonight’s stop was Tysons Corner, Virginia and tomorrow morning we leave bright and early with our destination set for Spartanburg, SC. There’s a reason for this – and it’s not to visit the corporate offices of Denny’s. This is where the U.S. manufacturing plant of BMW is located along with a BMW museum. I do have a son, and a husband who love all things cars, after all. It’s the least I can do, especially since I’ll get to enjoy a beach stop on the way home.

More tomorrow from Spartanburg!


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