Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Day Trips – Miles of Connection

As I’ve posted before, my husband and I love taking walks. We also love road trips. Doesn’t matter the mileage, we love to pack up the car and head out onto the open road and try out new places. Our road-trippin’ days may include us as couple or the kids too if we don’t have sitter. Either way is fine, so long as we’re together.

No matter where we’ve lived, we’ve always asked the locals what they love to do. We’ve been pointed towards great hikes, beautiful state parks, and plenty of Mom-n-Pop diners that have the best food.

Another way to find great getaways is to pinpoint an area magazine that highlights local and regional hotspots. Now that I’m living in the land of sun and heat, I turn to Southern Living magazine. When we lived in Seattle, it was the Sunset magazine and when I lived in Ohio, I always kept a copy of Midwest Living close at hand.

These magazines are indispensable as they feature cultural & seasonal activities. They showcase the best that the area has to offer in vacation ideas, area attractions, recipes using the local produce and day trip ideas.

In fact, it was through Southern Living that I found a hotspot for the best fried chicken in the state. Now, normally, we don’t eat a lot of fried food but for some reason, the moment I read the article, my mind spun into action, it was time to hit the road and try something new. So when hubby came home from work, I had the car fueled up, a map on the dashboard, the kiddies ready with their electronics and off we went.

Our time in the car leads to an immediate adventure for everyone. The entire family has a great time as we travel to a new destination. We sit back and enjoy the scenery, point out different landmarks and talk about what we might want to try at dinner.

What’s great about these types of trips is that they’re quick, easy, fun and typically inexpensive. And best of all, a day trip is a window of opportunity to build memories together that will be cherished for a lifetime.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a magazine, hit the local chamber of commerce, find a neighbor who grew up in the area and seek out a day trip. You’ll be glad you did.

As for us, the chicken was heavenly! Our next stop is a few hours away and promises mile-high cream pies! Yummy!

Hope to see you on the road to adventure! Many blessings, Amy


  1. Great idea, Amy! As relative newcomers to the great state of Oklahoma, my husband and I have enjoyed the occasional day trip to explore new areas. Whenever we travel out of state, on the return trip we often stop at the state line tourist center to browse the brochure racks for new ideas of places we need to see.

  2. I have a feeling you might be going to the Hammet House in Claremore?
    If so, it really is great! It was our favorite place to go when we lived there.