For spring break, the babes and I took a little road trip to meetup with my dad who was on a bucket list motorcycle ride from Texas to California. I thought it might be a sh*t show because we were on the tail end of potty training but I knew it would mean so much to my dad for us to go so I wanted to make it work. Here’s a recap of our trip and how we ended up having a great time and making the best out of what some might say was an epic disaster…
Being a type A kinda gal, I had the whole two day trip planned to a ‘T’ and it was going to be amazing but as I’ve learned over the past two years, life with twins never ever goes as planned. As we headed out of the driveway, both kids were already on their way to a slumber bliss and I thought to myself, “ya, I got this, this is going to be great”.(hahahaha)
I had planned to stop about halfway to stretch our legs with a wildflower hike. The kids slept the whole way up and as I pulled in to the area, I noticed the gate was closed and a sign posted with “off-season” hours. As I was scrambling for what to do, both kids chimmed in and started whining for crackers and hike and fish and flowers… great… I quickly searched for other unique spots in the inland empire area and found Yucaipa Regional Park. I promised them a hike and a hike was delivered… turns out there were lots of wildflowers, an awesome playground and gorgeous scenery of snow-topped mountains! Win Win!
We met up with my dad after and treated him to his first In-N-Out burger (a California staple and another win)! Then we headed to the hotel he booked for us, a Wig-Wam motel from the 50’s… I was super skeptical because of the area of town it was in, but it was actually so adorable and the babes thought sleeping in a giant teepee was the coolest thing ever! Plus the retro tractor and vintage cars were what Easton’s dreams are made of!
The next day of our road trip, we joined my dad on the tail end of his Route 66 adventure and headed to Santa Monica… route 66 happens to be the VERY LONG WAY however so there were tons of pit stops and it took far longer than expected. (Thanks dad, don’t worry, we still love you!) Thankfully, the babes slept in the car for most of the three hour adventure and had a blast at the Pier and boardwalk.
Our last road trip blunder was obviously LA traffic. Who knew highway 1 would be bumper to bumper through every stop light at 2:00PM on a Thursday afternoon… where are all those people going?? We intended to get south to Laguna Beach before evening rush hour but clearly LA rush hour is all day every day =| … Anyways… it ended up working out perfectly because we detoured to Long Beach so Easton could “touchy the ocean” and got to drive through the Toyata Grand Prix race set up. Easton thought all the pictures of the cars and checkered flags were the coolest thing ever. We pit-stopped (see what I did there) at the beach and watched the sunset… I’d say that was a near perfect ending to a road-trip that had a ton of hiccups along the way! Also, how cute are these two in their swimsuits… you can shop Ev’s here and E’s here.
My advice to all who are prepping for a road trip with toddlers… throw your plans out the window along with your sanity and embrace the chaos and the ever changing ways of the road. Toddlers want what toddlers want and sometimes it’s all completely out of your control. My road trip looked nothing like what I had planned, especially day 2 but it ended up being a perfect two day adventure and the confidence booster I needed to do more little adventures like this. There is so much to see in Southern California and I can’t wait to explore it more =)