Road Trip Roundup


Well, after five weeks on the road, it’s good to be home again. And after driving over 7,000 miles through some 23 states, we had more than a few unforgettable moments. Here are a few of our favorites.

Favorite Meal:

The taco plate at Taco Poblano in Wendover, Utah gets my vote. Jack’s BBQ in Nashville, Tennessee comes in a close second — for their yummy BBQ and the great people watching..

Cleanest Rest Area:

No contest — the state rest areas in Wyoming were absolutely spotless. It was a nice departure from several hundred miles of less than sanitary alternatives.

Favorite Roadside Stop:

The Hackberry General Store on Historic Route 66 in Arizona. I just loved the 1957 red corvette parked out front.

Best Bumper Sticker:

“Wag More, Bark Less” — spotted on the freeway near Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Best Billboard:

“Does this music make our butts look fat? 96.3 Jack FM” — spotted in Nashville, Tennessee, just across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Coolest Wildlife Sighting:

A flock of wild turkeys in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Best People Watching:

The Buckaroo Restaurant in Green River, Wyoming.

Best Adult Beverage:

Left Coast Brewing Company’s Hop Juice Double IPA (a 22 ounce serving) at Quotations Bar in Media, Pennsylvania. Thanks Matt!!

Strangest Vehicle:

Econoline van with pink and purple animals and cacti stenciled on it — spotted outside of a bar in Rockford, Illinois.

Worst Mother Nature Moment:

When it started pouring down rain in the middle of our Fells Point Ghost Tour in Baltimore, Maryland. We were soaked even with umbrellas and rain gear! It was a great tour, but it would have been even better if we were dry.

Most Unforgettable Moment:

Waking up to no water at our hotel in Nashville, Indiana. We were however able to eek enough out of my water bottle to make coffee and brush our teeth. We had our priorities covered.

Biggest Access Surprise:

An indoor water park at the Maumee Bay Resort on the shore of Lake Erie. A very accessible place for kids and adults to play in this historic Ohio resort.

And my favorite part of the trip? Heading through the California’s Central Valley, as I knew I was on my home!