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Old 03-20-2013, 10:09 AM   #16
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If you traveled with my wife you would think that touring every Wal Mart in the nation was her vacation.
Okay, it's settled- you guys need to drive through central Utah. My husband can hop in with you and your wife can drive with me, and we'll meet you in California in a week. (I added a few days in case we have to walk in some Targets in addition to the Walmarts...)
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:14 AM   #17
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Okay, it's settled- you guys need to drive through central Utah. My husband can hop in with you and your wife can drive with me, and we'll meet you in California in a week. (I added a few days in case we have to walk in some Targets in addition to the Walmarts...)


Are you in central Utah? We're in North Davis County.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:15 AM   #18
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When packing snacks like beef jerky and real coveted snacks, I do divide and label their baggies so I don't have to hear *so and so ate my jerky*. They're 16, 14, and 11 and beef jerky is a hot commodity on road trips.
We TOTALLY label all snacks. My kids are 12, 10, 7, 4, and 19 months, and e everybody knows that my 4 year old will share. She frequently gets "shared" right out of her favorite treats. So I usually double her allotment! My kids would be in heaven if I would pack beef jerky for them. The smell kills me, though- reminds me of being carsick in a truck on the way to go camping!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #19
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Are you in central Utah? We're in North Davis County.
We're in the sprawling metropolis of Delta, actually!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:28 AM   #20
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We're in the sprawling metropolis of Delta, actually!


Delta! I have a good friend from Delta. That explains his bowl hair cut. He says you can take the boy out of Delta but you can't take the Delta out of the boy.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #21
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Delta! I have a good friend from Delta. That explains his bowl hair cut. He says you can take the boy out of Delta but you can't take the Delta out of the boy.
So true! Hmmm.... we haven't given our son the infamous bowl hair cut yet... maybe I better get on that before they revoke our citizenship!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:34 AM   #22
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We drive up for the Bay Area of CA. We always start our trip with a Starbucks. Always stop at Harris Ranch, either for lunch, or just a bathroom trip. We always stop in at the Starbucks right before the Grapevine. That's about it. Oh, and I always pack a bag full of fun stuff and treats for my toddler twins. Our trip coming in April we are flying. That should be fun. First time flying to Disneyland.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:14 AM   #23
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I think part of the reason to the change in touring styles is due more to the role than to the personality. The driver wants to get there quicker because the drive isn't fun. The co-pilot wants to look around because they don't have to concentrate on the road.

Or I could be completely off

Regardless, tradition is driving REALLY early in the morning (like we're talking 5 or 4 am) to make rope drop. If possible, we also like to have Disney CDs playing during the drive, as well as loosely plan our itinerary.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:25 AM   #24
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Our tradition has been to leave in the middle of the night (between 2 and 3 am), even though DH swears he's never going to do that again, to get in the parks by 9 or 10. We buy the latest Disney movie for the kids to watch while they're suppose to be sleeping. We don't stop until we get to the Grapevine. Restroom, change out of jammies for the kids, gas and Starbucks for breakfast. This trip, I'm compromising and we're driving down the day before we get to the parks (leave around 11 am) and staying somewhere in the vicinity. Then the next morning we only have to be out the door by 6 am.
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Regardless, tradition is driving REALLY early in the morning (like we're talking 5 or 4 am).
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we start out about 4pm and drive through the night to get into Barstow by 8 or 9 the next morning.

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we start out about 4pm and drive through the night to get into Barstow by 8 or 9 the next morning.

But is there a Walmart in Barstow?
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But is there a Walmart in Barstow?
you know there is!
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:49 AM   #28
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We live in Redding (northern California) and make the I-5 drive once or twice per year always leaving home on a Saturday. We always get gas in Santa Nella, eat dinner at Chipotle or at In n Out just before the Grapevine, and stay the night at the Holiday Inn Express in Lebec, on the Grapevine. We get a great breakfast, included at the motel, and we hit the road again by 9am. This gets us to the Grand Californian by 11am, where we stay as DVC members from Sunday-Friday (cheapest use of our points avoiding Friday and Saturday nights, plus our Deluxe APs are usually blocked out on Saturdays anyway). We then check-in, leave the luggage with bell services, lunch at Whitewater Snacks and we're off to California Adventure until we get the text that the room is ready! Only 5 weeks and 3 days until our next adventure!!
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We come from the bay area and always stop at Casa De Fruita on 152 for coffee (parents) and sweets (kids). And we always fill up with gas and do a fast food lunch before we head over the grapevine. Of course there is the all important first spotting of Matterhorn...my 15 year old son and I are still discussing who really saw it first!
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:22 PM   #30
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We drive from Seattle and always stop for dinner at Grandma's House in Yreka and for lunch at Pea Soup Andersens in Santa Nella!
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