Family Travel (coffee contest continues)

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We’re in St. George, Utah tonight. As always, we’re several hours behind schedule. This time it’s because, I stopped to shop at outlet malls NOT tire troubles. The kids seemed to enjoy a lazy day on the road. They spent most all of the time watching movies and playing DS.

Somewhere in NV ...
I took this photo of Lizzy about an hour ago. She was watching the Parent Trap (so was Sam). It struck me how different travel is now. For starters everyone is buckled into a comfy seat. Separate sound systems allow movies for the kids and music for Mr. MK and I. The only music we had as kids was our own singing and the only time we were buckled up was after a game of ‘punch-buggy’ got out of hand and ended up in a fist fight, then we’d be buckled in our own side of the backseat to keep us apart … NOT safe. Ah, the good ole days.

Did you take many family road trips as a kid?

I’ll be doing my NaBloPoMo thingy all during the holiday. I’ll also be twittering the road trip away –> follow me on twitter @

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MK Exhausted in St. George, UT xo
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Noreen · November 16, 2008 at 1:14 am

yes we did and we were in the back of a truck with a camper shell, it was carpeted but no seats. We loved going around corners because we would roll around. Talk about not safe!!

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Naomi · November 16, 2008 at 9:34 am

We didn’t take too many road trips when I was little. Hawaii is not a big road trip kind of place!

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Christine L. · November 16, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time!

Traveling is very different for my kids, than when I was a kid. And we traveled a lot! All our family was 8 hours away. We made that trip several times a year….. in all kinds of weather. Usually, my mom dictated what music we listened to……. blech! It was so nice when I hit my teens and finally had a walkman of my own. No more Mario Lanza or CBC! ;)

Safire · November 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm

I remember having lots of road trips as a kid. It was always a treat to lay the van seat back and have a huge bed. We also used to play fort in the back, crawling under the seat (as it was folded) and putting up blankets through the windows. My mom never complained about the lack of visablity. I think she was just happy we weren’t killing each other!

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Cindi · November 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Hi, Traveling has changed, even from when our two sons were Georgia’s age!
I took many road trips with my older sister’s family. It was like you said, our own singing and “Slug Bug!” Cindi

carolyn s · November 16, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I hope you have found lots of bargains at the outlet mall. We only took a couple of road trips when I was younger, and they were fairly short, so we
didn’t get too tired of each other.

thanks for sharing your trip.

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Michelle · November 16, 2008 at 7:47 pm

We took lots of road trips in an old volkswagen van. I loved those trips even when it was stinking hot in that old thing. We went all the way down to California, all the way across Canada, every summer it was a different trip! Lots of fun!

Susy-Q · November 17, 2008 at 11:59 am

My husband and I had a discussion about old skool road trips not too long ago and how much the “safety standards” had changed. My parents would push down the seat in the old Plymouth Volare, throw pillows, blankets, games and books back there and would let us (5 children) do whatever–as long as we didn’t scream or fight. (Dad has a low tolerance for high volumes). Crazy is all I can say. Nowadays, as you describe, the road trip is MUCH safer and individualistic. I don’t know how we would manage without our portable DVD player and Disney!

Carrie · November 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm

She looks like a zombie, so sad… Hope you get out into nature so she can be human soon.

Maria P. · November 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm

We took day trips often – 5 kids and my dad packed into a Volkswagon Beetle!! We kids fought over who got the “hump” in the middle in the back because when the car turned a corner you could get tossed around a bit if you were on the hump. It was fun!

Anastasia · November 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

we didn’t travel a lot when i was kid
once we went to Black Sea and there were 7 people in the car that usually can fit 5 people :)

Anastasia · November 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

blogged about your coffee contest

Chile Travel · January 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

I used to travel a lot as a kid…i do the same now. travelling is so much fun..i really love it…Especially destinations like Argentina, Venice, Phuket are my favorites.

Kandra Vallandingham · March 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

The food in Phuket is yummy and cheap, all the Thais we met were very friendly and anxious to help. We stayed at Bann Thai Resort and Spa- a completely different place to the busy tourist trap in the east of Phuket City.

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