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THE JOY OF GETTING THERE Road Trips Offer More Than Meets the Eye

as a family, searching for and eventually finding my grandfather’s name among those heroes of the greatest generation. Believe it or not, some of our favorite moments of the trip were in the car itself. During the long drive between states, even games like 20 Questions become rich, comedic experiences. The age range between my kids meant the kinds of questions that can fly vary wildly based on the person who’s answering. We roared with laughter when my son was asked if the mystery thing he was thinking of was a mammal. He replied earnestly, “Uhhh, I don’t know.” It was a great bonding experience with the kids, and I must confess that writing about it has only made my itch to hit the road again that much stronger. I’d love to be able to tour more campuses with my eldest, maybe even extending beyond the East Coast. Those one-on-one, mother-daughter road trips on the verge of big life milestones hold a particularly special place in my heart. I will always remember the summer before I went to law school, when I helped my mother make the move from California to Georgia. It was just the two of us in her little Honda del Sol; no smart phones or satellite radio to speak of. When it wasn’t my turn to drive, part of me just wanted to sleep, but my mom insisted I had to be her “scout.” Regardless of whether she really needed the extra pair of eyes or just wanted the company, I’m glad she kept me up. Not only did I get to witness the spectacular beauty of the open west, the two of us ended up having plenty of laughs along the way. That journey instilled the magic of road trips in me. Not only do you get to see more of this amazing, diverse country we live in, you also end up discovering more beauty in the people you love most.

It’s hard to wrap my head around, but this month marks the beginning of my eldest daughter’s sophomore year. It feels like only yesterday she was learning her first words; now she’s saving for her own car and beginning the college search in earnest. As she builds her list of schools and works on application essays, I can’t help but feel it would help her to travel around and see these campuses in person. The summer’s not even over yet, and I’m already planning what may be next year’s road trip. I take great pride in planning these family excursions. Two summers ago, the kids and I took a trip up to New York City, and I made sure we took plenty of detours along the way. For me, road trips are about the journey. That’s what makes them more fun than flying; you can go off the beaten path, see the sights, and bond with your fellow travelers. So, what we called a “trip to New York” was more like an odyssey up the East Coast. We stopped in South Carolina to visit with family, then headed up to North Carolina to get a head start on the aforementioned college search. I wanted both of my daughters to walk around Duke’s campus and get a feel for what an education at one of the country’s more prestigious colleges has to offer. And of course, for my son, we went to a Durham Bulls game. alive, and my kids loved it. From the wonders of the Smithsonian to the somber dignity of the various war memorials, it was great to see all three of my children engage with and have heartfelt conversations about American history. It was especially powerful to walk around the fountain at the National World War II Memorial Then came an extended stop in Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital is a place where history comes

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