I don’t know about you, but I often plan my vacations around where we’ll get to eat. (you do realize I do all that running just to break even don’t you? I mean look at me!) This Great American Road Trip II was difficult to plan for because it involved a lot of tiny towns and remote locations. I am however happy to note that in all 11 days of traveling we only ate fast food 4 times and those days were long drives with no rest stops in sight. The rest of the time we did picnic lunches and found some great local joints with yummy food and regional beer on tap – that makes for some happy parents after a long day of hiking and sightseeing.
Today I’d like to share with you the beauty of the roadside picnic. We pack a cooler with tortillas, assorted deli meat & cheese and fruit. Then whenever the time is right we stretch our legs at a rest stop, make a roll-up and maybe play catch for a few minutes… or we find a roadside table in the park and take a break from it all by throwing rocks in the creek… or just stop moving for a minute and appreciate our amazing surroundings. Check out a few of our picnic spots:
Every couple of days we find a grocery store and restock. Every night we keep our food in the hotel fridge and every morning we load the cooler with fresh ice. It’s a healthier way to have a vacation (which makes me feel less guilty about those craft beers at night). And it’s a perfect way to spend extra time in our beautiful national parks.