Could you use a day to soak in new and beautiful scenery? You may need to take a one-day road trip to get away come back and feel renewed, refreshed, and motivated!
Fill up your gas tank, pack a quick lunch & some snacks & hit the open road! Your on your way to a refreshing day of adventure cost that is budget-friendly & valued “PRICELESS!”
Today, I am going to share with you the highlights and benefits of our recent one-day getaway. I hope this will encourage you to take a day off and get away to explore someplace fun, beautiful, and peaceful
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Join us as we travel off the beaten path..
I’m not going to lie, but when my third son left for college, my soft heart hurt. Our third son had flown the coop and ventured off to make his own path.
It’s a very “bittersweet” moment in a parent’s life and takes time to adjust and accept that the next chapter is already being written.
My husband returned home the following day after our son was all settled in. The house felt empty, and our two little ones were very quiet without their big brother to spend time with.
We decided to get out of the house and take an impromptu weekend trip. We hit the open road the next morning!
Early the next morning, I prayed to God asking to please bless us with His goodness as we set out for an adventure, and to show us some of his beautiful creation, so we could experience joy and peace in nature.
After a quick breakfast, I threw some basic supplies, snacks, cold and warm clothing in a basket and loaded up with two very excited kids in the van. My husband packed the fishing poles and tackle (just in case) and we headed out on the open road. Destination: Anywhere new to us, peaceful and budget friendly.
And we’re off!
The weather was perfect that late summer morning. Sunny, warm with a mild refreshing breeze. Bright blue skies and the fluffy white clouds filled the sky.
Barely any other cars traveling as we headed out on the country roads. Beautiful farmland with bright green fields and rows of corn, that stretched as far as our eyes could see. A few deer were enjoying the morning, grazing in the backfields.
Bumpy dirt roads that seem to go on forever + no cell service = No choice other than to soak in the beauty you’re in the midst of..
Our map app sent us off the main paved road onto a rocky, bumpy dirt road. We kept thinking the next paved road would be up over the next bend, but it would be many more miles off the beaten path.
We enjoyed the cool breeze blowing in the window, the slight drop in temperature, and the fresh smell of the summer air. It didn’t bother us at all to only be able to drive 15 mph, it allowed us to soak in all the peace and calm surrounding us!
Our two youngest kids shouted excitedly from the back seat, pointing out wild turkeys, geese, and squirrels we passed along the way.
We pulled over to check out this cool beaver dam, it had such incredible detail! We were able to park and get out to show our kids this handiwork a bit closer.
They noticed teeth marks on the ends of the branches and could only imagine how long it took the beavers to set up this dam. Their efforts were quite effective because they had completely blocked off the water from flowing any further.
Quite a few trucks carrying kayaks & canoes passed us during our walk and they drove up to neighboring sites. We hopped back in the van excited to see what sights were ahead.
Back on the dirt road…
A few miles up there was a break in the wooded area where the trees opened up and the sun poured down. We parked our van in the perfect spot and we got out ready to start exploring.
In awe of the incredible beauty on both sides of the road, we almost didn’t know where to begin. We let the kids lead the way to the first spot we checked out!
Soaking in all this beauty, Peace & TRANQUILITY…
For hours we spent time together, no schedule, no rushing, just something new to see every time we turned around.
We loved spending that time with our kids and seeing their joy as they discovered new things. They noticed every little detail and excitedly shared their findings with us. They found beauty in everything from the sounds of the birds to the wind rustling through the trees.
Captivated by the dragonflies, bees, and butterflies landing on the wildflowers & weeds. Amazed at the rich shades of colors from the sky to the reflection in the rivers and ponds.
We stood there embracing our surroundings and savoring all the breathtaking beauty. Soaking in the sights & sounds of nature.
None of us wanted to leave. It was a welcomed change of pace for us to not have any distractions. Being able to take a step back and enjoy each other in these AMAZING surroundings!
Even after returning home, that whole week we were much more at peace and appreciated those moments we had shared together.
WHETHER SPONTANEOUS OR PLANNED… I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO ON YOUR OWN MISSION, TO CAPTURE A PIECE OF TRANQUILITY.Kim
Tips for your one day road trip
- When looking for a good place near you to explore, google local state land, state parks, nature trails, wildlife preserves, lakes, and rivers. Some local farms even offer tours and have acres to explore! Pack for any possible weather in your area, expecting temps to drop in higher elevations or near lakes.
- Pack bug spray, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, lunch, water, and picnic blanket.
- Equipment such as fishing, bike, canoe, binoculars, camera, or whatever you may want to take along.
- Paper map, a compass (in case you lose WiFi reception).
- Take as many photos as you can to remember your day. Be sure to take a selfie or have someone take your photo, as you will want to remember the day for years to come!
You may only get one opportunity, so breathe it in deep!
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