The Davis’s Vacation: Apologies to the Griswold’s

A road-tripping we will go. This weekend our family leaves for a planned two weeks of enriching the gas stations of the United States and Canada. The plan is to make this family fun for all. How the heck do you do that? Traveling with three little ones that can be hard to manage, but here are some of the ways we hope to make it enjoyable for all,

1. Don’t drive long distances in one haul. The plan is to drive only 4 – 5 hours per day.

2. Stop early in the evening. This should allow for ease of getting campsites and a more laid-back set up of the motorhome. Kids will have time for burning off energy before bed.

3. Visit attractions that appeal to all of us, especially the kids. Flintstone park and waterparks here we come.

4. Always ensure shopping malls are on the agenda along the way. This keeps my wife happy. Happy wife = happy life.

5. Stop frequently at picnic sites along the way. This lets the kids burn off steam and gets some food into them other than the “fine fare” found at the roadside choke’n’pukes like McDonalds.

6. Load the motorhome with provisions: snacks, DVD player and movies, iPods, crafts, coloring books, markers, and Tylenol (for Mom and Dad).

By the way I do plan on taking my laptop along. Most of the KOA’s and other RV parks have WiFi now so I will try to post along the way.

We have done several weekend camping trips with the RV, but it is still relatively new to us so I’m sure we’ll have some adventures along the way. It’s wonderful to camp in relative luxury, power, water and air conditioning. Makes the outdoors much more enjoyable.

Note: For those who don’t know – the Griswold’s are the dysfunctional family who take a cross-country trip in the movie “Vacation” which was released in 1983 and became a cult favorite. It starred Chevy Chase.

9 Responses to The Davis’s Vacation: Apologies to the Griswold’s

  1. Donald says:

    Be sure when you leave ND to turn off the lights B4 returning home. Via MT
    Be safe and enjoy.

  2. stamperdad says:

    Reading your comments at a campground in Williston, ND. Good trip so far, kids being pretty good. Haven’t killed each other yet. Tomorrow to Theodore Roosevelt NP and Badlands of ND. Motorhome is only way to go. Campgrounds are averaging $30 per night with full hookups, electric, water and sewer. No fastfood meals so far so lots of savings there too. Gas is about $1.00 per gal less than equivalent in Canada so expensive but the other savings make it manageable.


  3. Kip de Moll says:

    My parents loaded 5 kids in the car and travelled cross country several times and many trips in New England. We shipped one of the 1st pop-up trailers to Europe in 1968 and witnessed the student riots in Paris and were on the Hungary/Chech border 2 weeks before the Russians invaded.
    The best ones tho were when we set up camp for 2 weeks on a remote island in Maine. We each had to bring stacks of books and went to the library every few days. The tradition continues as this summer, All of us, and most of the grandchildren, and one great grandchild will meet on the island for what may welll be my Dad’s last vacation (we’re renting houses now, instead of camping).
    Send us Postcards, Steve!

  4. Dennis Price says:

    You’re a braver man than I Gunga Din. But, your plan does look good on paper. I’ll be anxious to read “Tales from the Road” when you hit the first WiFi location. Pappy

  5. Your tips are spot on. Back in the day when I was married, took our three kids (all the same age, about 5 at the time I think. Twin stepsons and my own daughter, all the same age.) on a road trip vacation. Actually spent some time at Mt. Rushmore, in fact. Except there was no motorhome involved, just a Cutlass Ciera really. And who knew iPods then, so I guess we were at a disadvantage. Still, it all worked out well, and malls and picnic sites are always in order!

  6. stamperdad says:

    Relax as much as you can – at least that’s the plan. Will keep you posted


  7. Sounds like you are ready to hit the road – less is more when you load – the heavier the load the more gas is spend!! Safe driving and remember to take a deep breath before scolding, if need be. Remember , it is a holiday for you and your wife as well as the kids! Sounds like you have it well planned. Love. Mom

  8. stamperdad says:

    Your comments definitely encourage me. I appreciate your interest. I try to read yours regularly also. Right now life is so busy that it is hard to keep up with everything, but I sure enjoy reading everyone else’s blogs.


  9. Auria Cortes says:

    Your “note” made me laugh. For some reason I believe you knew I’d have no idea about the Griswolds and wrote the ps especially for me. 🙂

    Have fun with your family.

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