Notes From the Road


Summer Bloggin’ Road Trip 2013

We’re baaaack!  

The photo above captures it all for me; the easy breezy carefree feeling of cruising down the highway, just The Kiddo and I, and the natural beauty we enjoyed in so many spots along the way.

I had a loose plan; a general itinerary of points A to B to C, etc., but when I asked Kiddo as we set out if he wanted to know the plan, or be surprised as we went along, he surprised me and said he wanted to find out as we rolled on down the road.  I suppose that it’s true, how apples don’t fall far from the tree; I love spontaneity and was thrilled he was on board for what we came to jokingly refer to Mama’s Mystery Tour!

A few notes from the road:

  • Apparently, a pound of cherry sours is not enough for a 9 day, 18 city, 871 mile trek through California.
  • An impaired cell phone, that loses GPS signal more often that it finds one, could very easily resemble a frisbee.
  • As fun as all the driving was, it seems that being behind the wheel for many days is not good for the waistline!
  • Blogging from impaired cell phone mentioned above requires the use of a part of the brain I didn’t know existed!
  • My blogging friends have great taste in music!  We had so much fun with all the tunes on our Road Trip Song List, and a special shout out to Lori for the awesome mix CD that accompanied us all along.

If you happen to catch the road trip bug, here are a few items that you might want to pack for your next trip:

     Co-founders James Fisher and Tatiana Parent suffer from an incurable case of wanderlust. So, they decided to design a web and mobile platform that streamlines discovery, planning, booking and navigation into one engaging road trip planner. (This is how I learned about Googleplex and the Steve Jobs garage!)
  • Waze:
    (Shout out to Rick for showing me this great app at the front end of the trip!)

    Waze is the world’s fastest-growing community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.
  • Gas Buddy:
    GasBuddy can help you find cheap gas prices near you

The not-nearly-as fun-as-packing-unpacking is almost done, back to work today, school starts Tuesday, photos to edit are waiting patiently for my attention, but in these moments of being back, I am simply savoring the experience. The time out on the open road with my kiddo. Great adventures. Making memories. Creating new inside jokes. Seeing new places and old places through new eyes. Experiencing a rite of passage together. Having my son get to spend time with an uncle, an aunt, a cousin, a granddad and more friends than I can count on two hands, all in one road trip.

And, while sitting on the beach in the photo above, our almost last stop, I quietly said, ‘what a great trip, huh honey?” not really expecting a nine yr old to answer directly. But he did. Oh did he.

“Best trip ever, mom.”

What kind of tour guide would I be, if I didn’t give you one last highlight? If you are viewing this on a Apple/Mac, an iPad, or iPhone, or listen to your tunes with an iPod, well this is where all those devices were, in a sense, born.  On the way home, our last ‘stop’ – we only stopped long enough for me to snap a photo – was a drive-by of the house where Steve Jobs started Apple in his garage!  We saw Googleplex and I wanted The Kiddo to see how something so big can start out so ordinary, so small.

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It all started in that garage

We are still working on the CA Dreamin’ Travel Trivia scores and the results [including the answers!] will be posted later this week.  I might even have a side-trip post or two; we shall see!  And, don’t forget, we have prizes!  In the meantime, thank you for riding along with us; it was so fun to have you as part of this experience, your comments and (sometimes humorous) trivia answers added SO much to our expedition.  I will leave you with a road trip song list highlight…the first time this song played, we were just heading out of San Francisco…thank you Lori!


Bonnie & The Kiddo


12 thoughts on “Notes From the Road

  1. All I have to say is I love you more and more, Bon, as I read your blogs. And your mine-craft crazy boy has a giant place in my heart.


  2. Impaired Cell Phone (ICP) + GPS (Global Positioning System) = IFU (Identified Flying Object) or X (Frisbee). Glad you didn’t toss it into the ocean as I would have missed keeping in touch with you by TGT (Thumb Generated Texts) on my flip phone which kind of resembles a clay pigeon or range target. So glad you had a destination stop home and on the range.


    • You crack me up, JoBro! Love that you totally got my frustration with my cell phone, omg, that thing was almost a frisbee so many times. Next time we go out the range, maybe both our phones could be targets… pull!!

      Destination Home and On the Range was pretty darn amazing. So glad my little one had some time with his Uncle and Granddad. Thank you for setting that up for us; definitely made a lasting impression and heck, I even learned something new about myself! 🙂

      And, let’s stick with IFU. 🙂


  3. What a lovely song 🙂 Glad Kiddo enjoyed as much as you did. What a special summer–to be remembered forever by both of you. Sorry the sours ran out. Now you know!

    Here’s the big Q: What was your favorite stop?


    • Great song,huh? I had never heard it before, and then when driving south out of the city, it comes on and I just laughed, and hit replay a couple of times! A very special time together, no doubt! Oh and your question, we talked about that, my kiddo and I, actually. We both agreed,it’s near impossible to choose – there was so much variety in everything we did! What we both learned is that we have our own pace, and ours is pretty much the same. We realized that some folks operate at a faster pace than us, and some much slower, and it was fun to see him get that, and appreciate that he and are on the same page that way. All in all, a pretty neat experience. Now, what to plan for next year..yikes! Glad I have a year 🙂 Liz, it was so fun having you along!!


  4. A trip with your wonder-boy, full of love and surprise and musical recommendations from Lori along the way – welcome home BonBon, it’s been awesome ‘traveling’ along..xo, m


  5. Loved being a vicarious passenger on your road trip, Bon! It was thoroughly enjoyable, and I’m delighted that I could make a small contribution to the adventure. 🙂 xoxo, L


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