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Mondays Are for Dreaming: A Big Fat Road Trip!

May 17th, 2010 by bsmith | 1 Comment | Filed in Mondays are for Dreaming, Road Trips, San Antonio

One thing that  the Smith Family is lacking is a big fat chunk of time for travel.  We have about one week a year that we can dedicate to going wherever we want. Other vacations are either Mom and the kids traveling solo  or in whatever city Daddy is teaching in.  That’s why this Monday I am dreaming of a multi week roadtrip, perhaps up to the Pacific Northwest or to several National Parks.   Maybe we would even head out to Montana to visit my friend Joanne,  Something that would give our family a chance to explore new parts of the country and give our California born and bred kids a new perspective on what life is like in the other 49 states.

A few of my favorite travel bloggers have attempted such trips.  If you are also road trip dreaming on this Monday morning stop by and visit:

  • Last year On The Go With Amy took a spectacular road trip along the Mississipi.  It was a family adventure a la Travels With Charley or Jack Kerouac.  If you didn’t catch this trip on the first run.  Check out Amy’s archives of her Mississipi Road Trip.


  • My friend Sharlene Trekaroo Editor and blogger at Double the Adventure had an amazing road trip last year.  She headed up into Canada then across the American west.  Most of the trip she traveled on her own with two toddlers…amazing!  I loved following her journey and suggest that you do as well.  Sharlene is very focused on helping her kids explore  the natural world so she has great tips for hiking with kids.  Her photos are also spectacular.   Here are the archives for Sharlene’s 2009 Canadian and US roadtrip.


  • Mara at Mother of All Trips also had some great roadtrip posts last summer.  I couldn’t find a link to the archive of her trip, but here is a post that gives you an idea plus some links to great road trip tips.

Mara is currently giving away a San Antonio Family Vacation.  Funny thing is this time last year I was Dreaming of a San Antonio Roadtrip.  Still am in fact!

Hope I win ;) .  If I do I promise to give a detailed account of our San Antonio Adventures.

Happy Trails,



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Dreaming of A San Antonio Roadtrip

June 8th, 2009 by bsmith | 4 Comments | Filed in Mondays are for Dreaming, Road Trips

My husband may be heading to San Antonio business at the end of the month, and suggested we bring the family.  Well,  to be precise he suggested that I bring the family…to San Antonio by car and meet him there.  He would travel by plane due to work constraints. 

Being an adventurous sort of person I almost went for it.  My kids love to explore new places and stay in hotel rooms.  We miss Ken when he travels, and it would be fun to spend the evenings with him exploring San Antonio.  Then I checked the length of the trip from San Diego, California.  The journey would be 1,8304 miles and 18 hours of driving!!!  This would be two days of nine-10 hours drives with minimal stops and no time to explore wherever we crashed for the night.  With three kids ages 4, 5, and 10 that promised to be a driving purgatory.  I don’t think that make enough DVD’s and CD’s and Starbucks Frappuccinos to help me survive such a drive.

So today, instead of planning a San Antonio roadtrip, I’m dreaming of one.   The following are some of the fun family adventures that would await us. 

We would be exploring the Natural Bridge Caverns  by taking a cavern tour or doing some gem mining.  Justin has just finished up a study of California History and my great grandfather was a gold miner so this would be a particularly exciting activity. (Photos courtesy of the Natural Bridge Caverns Media Packet)



We would pay a visit to the Alamo.  (Admission is free.) Justin would love learning more about this historic  battle. and the colorful characters who participated in it.  It would also be fun to compare this Texas mission to the Calfornia Missions we have already explored.

The Smith family are suckers for good old fashioned amusement parks so a visit to Kiddie Park would also be on our list.  Billed as “America’s Oldest Children’s Amusement Park” (Since the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was founded in 1907, I don’t know if that’s exactly accurate) this park promises plenty of vintage fun.  A sucker for a good bargain, I would be sure to visit on Wednesday when the offer unlimited rides for $7.50.

The San Antonio Zoo also caught my eye.  Apparently parent’s magazine thinks it’s one of the best in America.

There you have it, the roadtrip that I wish I was brave enough to take this summer.   If you want to see someother dreams or share one of your own, visit my friend Mara at The Mother of All Trips .  Her Mondays are for Dreaming feature is a delightful way to share your dreams of travel adventure.

Happy Trails,


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