Road trips aren’t just for families with kids in tow, but for anyone who has some time and a spirit of adventure. In preparing for my next trip, I’ve pulled together some basic rules.
1.Discover the back roads and enjoy the beauty along the way. Experience the real America beyond the Interstate highways.
|Hwy 41 near Copper Harbor.|
2.Make sure you have a good navigator – GPS (Global Pam Sievers)
is known to make some mistakes.
|Maybe a fourth map would have helped. Somewhere in Germany.|
3.Experience local food.
|Nothing says the U.P like a pastie (pass-tee), even tough they can also be used as boat anchors.|
4.Listen to local radio stations – a little Community Bulletin Board followed by a string of Vikki Carr, Rod Stewart and Anne Murray hits
will bring a smile to your face.
5.Hit the local, off beat tourist attractions.
|Lakenenland, just outside of Marquette, MI, features really fun and creative sculptures made from scrap metal.|
6.Do your best to get into the local cafe before the
multigenerational family of 8.
7.When frequenting the local cafes, don’t be in a hurry because the one cook is working as fast as he can. Road trip time
may be very different than your regular time.
8.Plan healthy snacks.
9.Get real – have a backup stash for construction zones, when driving through states like Nebraska and when gas station roller food
is the only other option.
10.Lastly, plan ahead but be prepared for emergencies.
|Really, you need a caption?|
So gather some friends and family, pack the car, and remember, the fun is in the journey just as much as the destination. Please, share with me your road trip rules – let’s keep the list growing