Sunday, August 22, 2010

Thrifty Strategy- Road Trippin'

Just back from a wonderful weekend celebrating the wedding of a dear friend. The wedding was full of personal touches and it was an honor to be a part of it. As the location of the wedding was about four hours away, it was time for a road trip!

Our road trips have taken on a new feeling since we had our daughter. Now, our stops are dictated by her naps and mood rather than by our schedule. In the past, we stopped as few times as possible and got back on the road as quickly as possible. Now when we stop, we need to spend some time to give her a chance to stretch and often to have her diaper changed and eat. We have gained a new appreciation for rest areas, those places along the interstate with bathrooms and picnic areas. A couple weeks ago, we spent some time at the St Cloud Rest Area on our way back from up north. On this weekend's trip, we packed a cooler with soda, water, cheese, yogurt, hot dogs, and ketchup and a bag of snacks, peanut butter, bread and buns. We had lunch on Friday at a beautiful park next to a river, and enjoyed hot dogs cooked over our one-burner camp stove. It was fun! On the way back today, we had peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars at the Menomonie Rest Stop while our daughter played in the grass.

Any favorite roadside places out there?

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