Finally going to take the plunge, load our two kids up (18 and 9) and do a much needed ROADTRIP to Los Angeles - Taking I-10
We are leaving Austin in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, March 31 and hopefully slither into a hotel somewhere in Arizona. There are three drivers - myself, my husband, and our 18-year-old son.
We DO plan to stop a bit and stretch, and look around. Our anticipation is to reach Los Angeles the following evening. This is my birth town and I'm anxious to show my Texas family the beach I adored as a child. After staying the night near the Santa Monica Pier, (and after Monday rush hour) we plan to turn and head for Las Vegas. Spend about 2-3 days and then head for the Grand Canyon (after crossing over Hoover Dam)...
ON OUR RETURN TRIP HOME, we'll be taking I-40 staying the night somewhere in New Mexico, and from then on out, head home. If time allows, we'd like to look around Roswell New Mexico.
I grew up doing roadtrips (back and forth) from California to St. Louis, not to mention, I've traveled Greyhound busses from Los Angeles to Baltimore Maryland! Great memories. My kids have only done roadtrips from Austin to Mexico (South Padre Island, Texas), St Louis, and Shreveport Louisiana.
We are homeschoolers and my son graduates this year. He's on the verge of making a serious career move, so this is our last chance to make a family roadtrip together!
I'm really hoping we aren't moving too fast (Doing California/Vegas from Texas in six days...) But my husband can only take a week off for vacation and he needs some down time once we arrive home, so he can face the corporate computer world that Monday.
For fun, we plan to make personalized music CD's for everyone in the family, including my 9-year-old daughter. This means, I'm subjected to my teenage son (and HUSBAND's) heavy metal music, and they will have to endure my Moody Blues! ;-) But this will be fun! We like to pack lots of goodies and fun stuff for the trip to keep everyone occupied. (I don't believe in watching movies, or wearing headphones, as this defeats the "family" trip purpose!)
Our main aim is to spend quality time together, enjoying the sights and sounds. We aren't making any reservations, so we CAN leave and arrive spontaneously. But we MUST be home by that following FRIDAY (6.5 day trip)
Anyways, I've always wanted to pan for gold with the kids!! Any areas that are near I-10 or along our route that we can stop and experience this?
Thanks for any pointers or suggestions!