14 days. 5000ish miles. 4 kids. 3 adults.
We went to visit and meet my husband's family in Florida. We hate flying, so we drove-plus it was cheaper.
|Gotta love the ocean!|
I'm honestly surprised we didn't go crazy. Honestly, I am.
My handsome husband had to drive the entire time because of how car seats were situated, it's the only place his tall self could fit. My mother in law was in the passenger seat, and therefore deemed the navigator. I was in the back with the kids... Partly because I'm short and could fit in the space, partly because Hannah is a momma's girl.
Most people when you think of driving cross-country you think of pulling a camper behind or driving/renting an RV. Both options were considered, but it was too expensive. It would have taken our entire budget just for the rental.
We left in the rain, proceeded to drive half the route in the rain-so the pictures, not so great. My husband found some crazy roads to drive us on. We much prefer back roads, the scenery is better (and there's more bushes to hide behind given the inevitable 'I GOTTA PEE!!!!' from the back seat.) Plus we find little gems along the route. There will forever be a running joke of 'at least it's not Pine Lick Road!!!!' though... you see, we were traveling between Glasgow, Kentucky and Gainesboro, Tennessee. The GPS said 'take a left turn onto Pine Lick Road'... by the time we realized this was very much a BAD IDEA, there was no way to turn around. This was one of those mountain roads that only locals travel. Barely wide enough for the van, with a river twisting and turning. Absolutely beautiful-but even the baby was holding the sides of her car seat. Would we do it again? I'm sure. Would we have done it without the GPS telling us to turn there? NO WAY. But roads like that are what makes things fun!
The kids were more than happy when we finally made it to grandpa's house. We swam (well, the kids did there, it was cold according to grandma and grandpa... 70 degrees lol). We sight saw, we went to the beach where the kids collected shells. We went to the alligator farm. Most of all we visited with family.
We also went down to Miami and visited even more family. It was so great to finally meet all these people I've been hearing about and talking to via email and we had a blast. I had talked to an aunt and told her it would be Andrew's birthday while we were on the road. I also said how much it would be appreciated if we could do a cake or something. I got way more than I expected and it made my heart melt. The family loved my kids and I with no questions, no reservations. I can't tell you how good that felt.
The trip home was pretty uneventful. We drove up the west coast then pretty much straight west until we got to Texas, then straight north. Very unlike our usual driving pattern-which is zig zagging. But at that point, we wanted to get home.
Oh!! Total cost of a 14 day vacation for 7 days(now, keep in mind we did stay with family in Florida or had family help with hotel cost). We also ate breakfast at most of the hotels, but the rest was eating out. One meal we did full meals, one meal we got the kids meals (because new toys distract!) and the adults sandwiches. $2600. I think that's a win. And that also includes the touristy things that cost money done in Florida.
It was great fun, and we are hoping to go back soon!
Have a great week!