On the Road

by Mothership on June 3, 2015

I have neglected this blog for so long I haven’t even looked at how many months it’s been. Too many.
I must admit, between writing my book, teaching music in school, wrangling the children, now eleven and soon-to-be-eight, and a suddenly rather full social life I feel  I’ve hardly had a minute. Plus once I’ve put in three hours of novel bashing in the morning I can hardly bear to look at my computer for the rest of the day.

HOWEVER, I am going to revive MTFF, if only temporarily, to document our Great American Road Trip upon which we are embarking next Friday.  I am beside myself with excitement.

I bought a BRAND NEW CAR (ooh! shiny!)

which is approximately eight times the size of my previous vehicle, and I’m packing the children and my father into it and heading across the country to see what we can see.

I’m not bringing any iPads or similar electronics for the kids.

Yes. You read that correctly

I would like to claim that it’s because I’m so extremely above that sort of digital entertainment for my progeny but actually my son pukes as soon as he stops looking out the window and he can’t be trusted not to watch Eleven’s device in the back so that is that. We have lovely audiobooks to listen to and Sirius radio (please God protect me from Hits 1 and the never ending cycle of Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding). Between that and looking out the window there might be some brief respite from the I’m-boreds and the are-we-nearly-there-yets. Right?Right?

We set off from Santa Barbara and head to Death Valley, then the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe,  then Lubbock and Austin, Texas, where my dad will jump ship in order to fly to a wedding (so he says. Maybe a week is all he can take?). Leaving me to take the children from there to his house in Virginia via Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia and we will rest there a spell until Husband joins us and we head back west, taking a more northerly route via Chicago, South Dakota (Little House on the Prairie!), Mount Rushmore, Jellystone National Park (eh, Booboo? a pic-a-nic basket?), Utah, Vegas, and home again home again jiggety-jig.


I hope this will be entertaining for you as well as us, and I promise to post photos and recommendations along the way. If you have any to share, please do so in the comments!!



1 Clare Taylor June 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

That sounds amazing! Looking forward to seeing how you get on…

2 London City (mum) June 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Are you accepting bets on how long you last before succumbing to their pleas and handing over your own electronic devices for entertainment?


Sounds like an incredible trip. Looking forward to reading more about it!


3 Mothership June 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

LCM. I think I won’t hand over my phone as I might rather kill my progeny than allow number one son to puke in my new car but you can place a bet on how long it takes me to start slapping them randomly from the front seat?

4 nappyvalleygirl June 5, 2015 at 4:38 am

That sounds amazing. I’m going to the Grand Canyon myself in October so will read with interest. And I’ve always wanted to go to Little house on the Prairie country!

5 Iota June 7, 2015 at 11:39 pm

I was just about to post a smug comment about your geography of the US, but thought I’d better just check first… Who knew that Louisiana borders Texas? Mind you, Texas is so huge that it probably borders most states.

HAve a good trip.

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