Friday, January 2, 2009

RV Vacation

We rented an RV for vacation this year, and we had a great time.  We were going to vist family for the holidays, and we wanted to have a less hectic drive down there.  Normally we would have all piled in the minivan, and driven down in one sitting.  We would have either driven down udring the day, but the kids would get pretty restless, and we would have to deal with that.  Or we would leave when it gets dark, and the kids would sleep the whole way down.  The only problem is that when we got there, the kids would be up, while we would be tired.

We thought that we would rent an RV, and take our time on the trip.  On the way to the Palm Springs area, we spent a night in Big Sur, a couple in Pismo Beach, and a night in Pomono.  This was wonderful, as we were able to play in a river in Big Sur and play on the beach in Pismo Beach with the kids. 

In addition to those stops, we were able to stop at various places along the way.  We stopped in Solvang, which is looks like a Danish village.  Outside of Solvang is a Ostrich farm called Ostrich Land.  Also we stopped at the Dinosaurs in Cabazon, which is was shown in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

Obviously we could have done these trips in our minivan, but the RV had a lot of benefits.  

  1. We didn't have to stop if the kids had to go to the bathroom

  2. We saved a lot of money by cooking food ourself instead of eating in restaurants.

  3. When we wanted to stay somewhere for the night, we just had to pull into the spot, and we didn't have to unload the van and move suitcases into a hotel room

We will definitely be doing an RV trip at somepoint again.  I think that it is the best way to travel with kids, if you have the time.

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