Hello, my husband deployed to Afghanistan in October about a week and a half after we got married. Hes due back stateside in late May. Once I leave Texas, California will be my home for possibly the next 15 years. So, my mom and my 14 yr old sister are coming on the drive with me. This is most certainly not my first rodeo with this trip, but Im trying to make it a fun road trip experience for them. How much ahead of time I can leave before his homecoming is flexible so time really isnt a huge factor, but I was hoping for no more than a week. I usually take I-40 all the way to California Then take the smaller highways to Camp Pendleton, which is in Southern California, about an hour and a half north of San Diego. My route is also flexible though. I dont really know a whole lot of what is on the way, so any tips or suggestions are welcome!