From the moment I got my drivers license, I’ve felt a freedom on the open road. So much to discover, you never know what might be around the next corner. Sunglasses on, tunes blaring from the radio, and the destination unknown was my favorite way to spend a sunny afternoon.
I often get asked, “What is your best road trip ever?” After pondering the question, I want to share with you my best road trip ever! I had just graduated high school, was living on my own in a small two bedroom apartment. Gas was super cheap, a mere $0.87 per gallon. I was working at a local retail store and just happened to have the weekend off. My best friend called Friday afternoon. She said, “I met this cute guy at work, he’s having a housewarming party in Vermilion. You wanna go?”
“Heck YEAH, ROAD TRIP!”
I had no idea that road trip would change my life. On a Friday night in a small town on the edge of Lake Erie, I met the man that captured my heart. We sat on the couch and talked for hours. Time seemed to stand still. I felt as if I had know him forever but at the same time was so curious to learn more about him. As he walked me to my car that night, I remember thinking “This was the best road trip ever!”
We were inseparable after that night. He soon asked me to be his wife. After our wedding, we opted to spend our honeymoon on the road together. As we crested the hills of Tennessee enroute to Atlanta I was filled with optimism about our future. We have had the best of times and many detours along the way that I never seen coming.
Fast forward to today, four children later and our 17th wedding anniversary on the horizon. I couldn’t be happier and consider that trip to Vermilion as my best road trip ever. I can’t even imagine my life without him by my side. Over the years, he has encouraged me to fulfill my dreams, didn’t blink an eye when I told him the kids and I were doing a solo cross country month long road trip, and always supports my next wild adventure. He truly is my favorite shotgun rider.
While planning the best road trip ever, keep in mind …… the journey is often better than the destination!