On the Road Again

We planned two road trips for this summer. One to Park City, Utah and the other to a tiny town on the California coast called Summerland. I wrote about the Park City trip HERE. On our way to Summerland, we stopped to visit my 90-year-old dad at the halfway point. Then we headed to a Vrbo near the beach.

Beach house near Santa Barbara
We’ll be returning to this beach cottage for the seventh summer.

It’s tough to decide if it’s best to drive straight through to our final destination — or stop along the way. The way we drove it was two days of driving four and a half hours each day.

I think if it wasn’t for my dad living four and a half hours along the way, we wouldn’t stop but try to push through.

An hour from our destination, we stopped in Filmore at the Filmore Historical Museum where they have the Hinckley House — a home that was originally owned by my husband’s relatives. One was an artist, Lawrence Hinckley, that I wrote about HERE.

I’ll share more about the museum trip on another day complete with photos.

Right now we’re waiting for the Vrbo previous renters to leave and the house to be cleaned. That could be a whole other story — since they are hours late leaving. What if they don’t leave? I’ve heard of such things.

When you take a road trip, do you like to make the trip in one day? Or do you like to take your time along the journey? Is it about the journey or the destination?

14 thoughts on “On the Road Again

  1. I can’t sit for more than a few hours at a time, plus if I’m drinking coffee- or water, or anything I will have to pee on a regular basis so there must be lots of stopping. I’m too old for 6+ hour road trips and if you have the time, there’s no reason not to stop at fun, comfortable, needed places. It makes the process more than just a road trip to somewhere. You get an extended vacation out of stopping.

    • I am the same way with stops. I need to stretch and use the bathroom! I think my husband and I have different ideas. He wants to get to the destination and start vacation. I want to enjoy the sights along the way. That tension doesn’t add up to a great beginning!

  2. All depends on where we are going and what the plans are. I’m a journey person, my husband is a destination person, so we have to compromise

  3. The beach cottage looks cute. We usually divide our long road trips into 2 days unless it is under 10 hours. Under 10 we power through and over 10 we rent a hotel room.

  4. We used to power through our travels but as we’ve aged we’re spending more time enjoying the journey! Looks like an adorable cottage! What do you have planned while your visiting? 💕C

    • The first week we have our son staying with us, then we’ll be visiting friends. Lots of beach walks, bbqs and reading on the beach. Plus ping pong in the park. The cool weather feels amazing after desert heat.

  5. Sometimes I will make a real long day of it when I have a long distance to cover and a schedule to keep. One of these days, I want to take the slowest trip possible and try to see everything of interest, even if I only cover 40 or 50 miles a day!

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