This summer, my husband and I spent a lot of
time deciding whether to drive or take an airplane from our home in Minnesota
to Southern California.
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Some of the factors we considered were the
involves a lot of preparation
First of all, the car needs to be in good
shape, running well, with a recent oil change, and good tires. Insurance
documents need to be in the glove compartment. We need to select the route and plan
where we will stop for the night. We need maps and/or a GPS to guide our way. (We
We have to pack and place suitcases and
supplies in the car. The ice chest needs to be prepared with ice (I use half
gallon milk containers, filled with frozen water). Then it is placed in the
trunk along with the suitcases.
Emergency supplies need to be available. I
bring a first aid kit and my husband selects a few tools which may prove
helpful on the road.
Work of Driving
from our home to our daughter’s in California is close to 2000 miles. We try to
make it in three and a half days. That means we need to rise early and find a
place to stay by sunset. We aim for about 500-600 miles a day. While driving,
we do our best to keep a safe speed and avoid trucks.
challenge of age
O.K. so all of this worked fine when we were
younger. Our children grew up with the knowledge that every summer we would
make this trip. They learned the names of all the States we passed through and
what the word State meant. They saw desert, ranch land, farms cities, and towns.
They noticed the roofs of houses and how they became more pitched (and less
flat) as we approached areas that would be covered by snow in winter. They
looked forward to rest stops and parks where we let them run around and play on
any available play equipment.
Now, they are grown. Our stamina and
concentration has declined a bit. We started asking ourselves if a tedious trip
would be a good idea.
We considered the roundtrip
fare. The least expensive we could find was $350 for each of us to fly round
We thought of the cost and inconveniences of modern
flight; transportation to and from airports, weight and cost of booked luggage, the
squished seats, an additional charge for sitting with family members, the need
to eat prior to the flight.
nothing is perfect.
all our thinking, discussion, and calculation of price, we decided to fly.
Do we think we made the right choice? Yes.
Cost of gas
for the car
breaking down on the road
additional miles on the car
“on the road breakdowns”
lodging and eating on the road
potential for a medical event during the trip
I really miss the opportunity to see the country, meet
people along the road and reap the satisfaction of completing a successful
trip. But time and wisdom has convinced me that we took the right trip, at the
I wish you all satisfactory trips from one end of our
wonderful country to the other. Those of us who have taken the time to really
see the land have a special appreciation for it. The USA is a very special
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift
advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people
because she has experienced the benefits.
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