At the start of our year when life kind of crumbled around us we decided it was time to give ourselves something amazing to look forward to and that we could throw ourselves into. So we have decided on a family adventure.
Before we embarked on IVF all those years ago we had decided that if it didn’t work out we would go on a California road trip. Amazingly we ended up with our precious daughter so the road trip was put to aside.
Until now….this summer we will be finally going on our California road trip but taking our miracle daughter with us! And I cannot wait.
We haven’t done many road trip type holidays before, we spent a month travelling Canada many years ago and we did a road trip in Iceland when I was pregnant but never done anything quite like it with A. I feel totally out of practice even thinking about such a holiday but I have loved throwing myself into research and planning.
So we’ll be flying into San Diego and traveling up to San Francisco (I know we’re doing it the wrong way round…tip don’t book a holiday when ill!). We’ll be stopping in Orange County, seeing Joshua Tree National Park, Santa Barbara, we were planning on Big Sur until I found out this week that the national park and highway 1 is closed until September (I cannot tell you how upset I am about this!), we’ll be stopping at Monterey and heading on to San Fran. It’s going to be amazing! Tips are welcome!
I think half the fun is in the planning. I’m not afraid to ask for advice, I have been desperately searching Pinterest and reading every blog I can, what others have loved and picking out the bits that interest us.
It seems so daunting but it’s been a great family activity. I’ve drawn out a huge rough map and have been getting A to help me find places on it and stick post-it notes all over with ideas of places to visit. She feels totally involved in the planning, at four I think it teaches her loads too…she can find California on a map and can tell you all the cities we’re visiting. She has her own wish list of things to do and see. These include eating American pancakes for breakfast, eating ice creams on the beach, seeing a cactus in the desert and seeing sea ottes, sea lions, elephant seals and pandas! A pretty cool wish list when you are four hey!!
We’ve had people question whether it’s a bit daft taking her so young, will she even remember it?! Well, A has a phonomenal memory (it’s scary!) and remembers holidays pre being two. I think it will shape her, she will remember snippets, we will take thousands of photos and we’re already thinking about creating a travel journal. She’s busy practicing with one of our old cameras so she can snap what she sees as interesting too.
I’m most concerned about an 11 hour flight with her and jet lag! Any tips on how to more than survive this aspect would be very gratefully received. I’m planning on packing something little and new to give her each hour of the flight there.
It’s going to be an amazing memory making, learning, family loving time of our lives.
I’m sure I will be blogging more later on in the year once we’ve returned and recovered.