Hi, all! I'm new (Well, "we" are, since I signed us up as one person, I guess) to the forum, and to RTA, but hopefully not too new for too long. The only vacations we take are trips to see the in-laws, and since it seems silly to waste an 1100+ mi. opportunity for a road trip, I've decided this year that I'll build them into our treks to see the family. (Previously, we've driven like madmen to get there and spend as much time as possible with the family, then hurried to get home before everything imploded. I am tired. I love the family, but that's no way to travel.) I'd love to be wholly spontaneous, but we have five children and they add enough general spontaneity to the outings. I'd like to build in at least a rough outline before we head out this Spring, going from Alabama to New Mexico for a family gathering.
The NM portion of the trip is pretty well wrapped up, since we're "going home", and we know what we'd like to see there. What I'd love to hear suggestions on are places to see in Mississippi, Arkansas, and North/Central -to- West Texas. Our route isn't nailed down, yet, although we're hoping to avoid getting on I-10, just for length of travel on this venture. The kids are great - adventurous, helpful, enthusiastic, and willing to try new things or do something different. I couldn't ask for a better traveling crew, and can hardly wait to put this trip together.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the few threads I've read so far, and look forward to reading more! What a great resource RTA is - thanks to all who contribute and share their experiences and trip planning!