weeknight roadtrip | inspiration

It's that time of year for an epic summer vacation before school starts again.  For years I have wanted to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway and explore the small towns and roadside dives along the way.  

I had assumed for a long time that Mr. Hedin and I would take that trip when the kids were out of the house and we were super old.  Then last summer I followed Emily Jones's travels across country with her family and I decided it wasn't something to wait to do, we should do it now.  

Emily's sister is a dear friend of mine so I knew through her the many reasons why they decided to take their road trip while their kids were still young.  And I realized the exact same reasons applied to our family.  Our kids won't be home with us forever, they won't want to go on a road trip with us forever, they won't fit in a tiny trailer with us forever, and we won't be able to take away their devices forever.  

So we started planning.  Mr. Hedin's parents own a small Airstream that fits our family - if only just fits our family.  So we didn't need to rent or buy something to drive down the coast.  Over the winter we took some weekend trips to the mountains to test our sleeping arrangements and supplies we'd need.  We learned a lot.  We made lists of what we'd need.  We bought more sheets.  

We also learned that you need to book camp sites way in advance. 

We are all booked up, I've written a little guide for the children on each stop we are making, and I've mapped out every restaurant I'm dying to try.  I've also gotten every recipe ready for camping and planned out the groceries and farmer's market stops.  

Next week, I'll show you the pantry and how I plan to cook for the trip.