Today, Malcolm and I are heading north for a fifteen day road trip. Hotels are booked from Georgia to Rhode Island and although we have a few activities planned, a lot has been left to chance. We learned a long time ago to not overschedule, or impose impossible deadlines on ourselves. There is nothing worse than facing a twelve hour drive at 5:00 in the morning if you don’t have to. Road trips should be leisurely and accommodate spontaneous exploration. Otherwise, what’s the point? I say this, as we walk out the door at 5 a.m. to begin the first leg of our journey. 🙂
Most of our road trips end up with a name, either by choice or happenstance when I write about them here, or when I publish the photos in our annual Shutterfly book. The theme for this trip emerged very quickly and quite naturally. Late springtime is considered waterfall season where we are heading, so the logical choice is ‘Chasing Waterfalls’. The winter snows are melting, springs and creeks are filling and waterfalls are generally at their peak for viewing.
A road trip through Texas Hill Country in 2019 was devoted to ‘Chasing Bluebonnets,’ the state flower that blooms heartily each spring. Finding the right location, at just the right time is tricky. We completely missed out the first time we visited in 2018, but the road trip in 2019 was perfectly timed and the bluebonnets were glorious. Springtime in Texas is a must for road trip enthusiast.
Another road trip was all about ‘Finding Fall‘ in North Carolina. The seasons blend together in South Florida and the only noticeable distinction is a change in temperature. It is nice to be able to hop in the car and head a few hours north to the foothills of Georgia or North Carolina for a change of scenery. Leaf-peeping and enjoying family time were highlights of Finding Fall.
This trip was called Island Hopping on The Sun Coast, for very obvious reasons. Discovering all of Florida’s ten distinctive coasts has been our mission since the inception of this blog. You can read posts about our Discover Florida road trips by clicking the tab on the menu above.
After assessing the route to our northernmost destination, we chose Alpharetta, GA, (Gibbs Gardens) Louisville Kentucky (Cumberland Falls) and Corning, NY (Watkins Glen) as stops along the route, with our final destination being Block Island, RI (Highlights). We scheduled multiple nights in each location, based on points of interest and drive time. I have added one link for each destination so you can see what attracted us there.
The return trip is under construction, but will likely include a one night break in Ashville, NC. We’ll see where the wind blows…
We all travel in different ways and with different expectations, but a good ‘old fashioned’ road trip is one of the best ways to get out and make discoveries. RVing has become very popular during the pandemic, but you don’t need a fancy rig to hit the road; just plot a course and hop in your car. If your not sure where to start, I highly recommend choosing a theme based on your interests; tulips, cherry blossoms, canyons, caves, or botanical gardens. Maybe you’re into light houses, national parks, churches, historical buildings, or baseball parks? The possibilities are endless. What are some themes you might suggest?
We won’t have another blog post until the end of May, but I will be posting photos as often as possible on Instagram. If you would like to come along on this adventure, please follow us here.