This post was most recently updated on September 18th, 2015
I’m actually writing this on my laptop on a road trip from San Diego to Salt Lake City. It’s not how I usually spend my traveling time, but I’ve made this trip so many times before, it begged for some variety. Maybe you’re wondering why I would subject myself to an 11-hour (nearly non-stop) drive more than once. I’ve got two reasons. I like to travel and I have family there. Not just any family. Three of my children and their spouses, three grandchildren, nine nephews and nieces (and parents), and my in-laws. When I first met my husband at BYU over 30 years ago, little did I know how much of my life would be spent traveling to and from Utah!
But it’s okay. Better than okay. I really look forward to making this trip. I love the contrast of driving from the southern CA beach through rocky canyons, grassy lowlands, high desert, farms and pastures, a sprawling Las Vegas cityscape, a spectacular Virgin River gorge, the glowing red hills of St. George, not-so-sleepy college towns like Cedar City and Provo, and the pioneer-built city oasis of Salt Lake City. I love that no matter how many times I make this trip, I am wowed by the landscape. And there’s always something new to check out.
Once we stopped at the ghost town of Calico, CA—created by the same Mr. Knott of Knotts Berry Farm fame. And then there’s Cove Fort, UT—a Mormon wayside rest stop built in 1867, with pioneer games for the kids and a walkway on top of the fort. Another time, I was determined to introduce my husband to Zion National Park because he had never seen it.
With a myriad of possible side-trips, it may be surprising to you that we usually pass them by. Don’t get me wrong. I would really like to continue exploring along this route. But that would mean less time with those I love most—especially my three amazing grandchildren. There just isn’t anything better than watching them grow and blossom—and to enjoy the unconditional love they share. (And to watch their parents scurry to keep up with them!) This has to be one of the greatest blessings in life—watching your children become parents and then falling in love with their children! Travel and family go hand-in-hand. The more we travel, the more we get to see our family—it’s as simple as that. And the more we want to strengthen our family, the more we travel together. (And then I don’t have to give up seeing new places!) It has been one of the greatest factors in creating our close family.
And that’s what this blog is all about. I’m going to show you how fun it is to travel with—and to–your family. How to make it affordable and easy. How to make the loving and sharing and exploring an integral part of your family—no matter what age.
If you’d like to read about our adventures in Zion National Park, read here.
Please share what traveling has meant for you and your family in the comments below…