I haven’t been on a road trip in about two months, and that’s a long time for me! I’m used to going on at least 2-3 road trips per month. To be honest, it was nice staying put, but I can appreciate a good road trip.
We planned on starting out at five am. My alarm decided not to go off at all, so we didn’t take off until 6:45. I’ve learned my lesson, and will never trust a cell phone alarm clock again. This happens all the time.
Since it was National Coffee Day, we stopped at McDonald’s for coffee around 8 am. National Coffee day had nothing to do with my coffee stop, I just love coffee and refuse to go without it. I don’t necessarily like coffee from gas stations, fast food, or coffee shops (unless it’s a latte or cappuccino) but I do like McDonald’s coffee. I love walking into McDonald’s and seeing the group of old men sit around and talk. I think all McDonalds has their usual morning regulars. It reminds me of my Grandpa.
When I get McDonald’s coffee, I put 4 creams and 1/2 packet of sugar in a medium sized cup. Enzo, Emilee’s dog, loves coffee just as much as we do. It’s hilarious when he tries to steal sips.
The best part about driving through the Carolinas is the scenery. We got lucky with a mix of weather yesterday. The fog was gorgeous laying on top of the mountains.
Emilee and Enzo slept like babies in the backseat.
We had Emilee’s old CD collection to rock out to. I forgot how excellent CDs are.
We made it to West Virginia about 10 am. I love driving through West Virginia because of all the mountains and farmlands.
As I mentioned before, I wanted to pack healthy foods for the trip instead of stopping. We had watermelon and pistachios!
I feel like it rains on every trip I go on. And if it doesn’t rain, it blizzards.
We stopped at a pretty rest stop for the dogs in Virginia.
I kind of forgot it was Fall until seeing the changing of the leaves. I can’t wait until it happens in North Carolina. On the way back, I’m stopping in Asheville to take photos of the mountains.
I got these all natural calming chews in Grumples Doggy Loot pack and decided to try them out on the trip. He’s usually really good on trips so I don’t have to worry, but there wasn’t much room in the car with all of us, so I gave him a couple.
He was really good and I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the Chews, but he slept most of the time, or sat between the console and watched out the window.
The more north we got, the prettier the trees were.
We were all hungry around noon, so I pulled out the road trip roll ups I made the night before. They were so yummy!
The sun finally came out.
It was hotter in the north than it is in North Carolina.
After driving and listening to music for hours, you start to get bored. That’s why I like playing question/trivia games or reading stories.
We started talking about haunted houses and ghost. You all know I’m obsessed with scary/creepy things. I’m pretty sure my apartment is haunted, and everyone who comes over thinks the same. We started telling scary stories and then for some reason it made me think of the story “girl with the green ribbon” that my mom read to me as a kid. Thinking back, I can’t believe she read that to me as a kid, but I looked it up. We all started laughing because of how ridiculous the story was, but doing silly things like that in a car makes the road trip much more fun.
We continued to read creepy/horror stories for the rest of the drive. We are a weird group. We plan on stopping at some haunted landmarks on our trip back. I can’t wait to blog about that.
We had about an hour left to go, but we had to stop again for bathroom breaks and more coffee.
I don’t like gas station coffee unless I’m desperate, so I picked up a 50 calorie iced coffee. They’re really good! Grumples found a comfortable spot as you can see. I ended up running him a half mile up and back down the road around the country gas station to stretch his and my legs. It felt so good after sitting in a car for 6 hours.
We made it to Ohio around 3 pm. What did we do next?…I’ll post that soon! 😉
The question of the day! How do you keep yourself entertained on road trips!?