We've just returned from a three week road trip that we took from our home in Southern California to my childhood home in Mayfield, Kentucky. My husband and I drove in our happy blueberry pearl minivan along with our two sons and our two smooth collies.
I expected it to be a bit of a pain driving for four days with the boys and dogs but it was surprisingly easy. I prepared with lots of their favorite tv shows on DVD, books on tape, a new card game, and a travel journal bin complete with watercolors, stamps, colored pencils and more. My husband and I ended up writing in it more than the kids!
I did a lot of research before we headed out on our 2,000+ mile start to Kentucky. I found some great websites with info about traveling with pets. One that proved especially helpful was Pets Welcome. They have a wonderful resource that shows you off-leash dog parks along your journey. Every town in which we stayed luckily had a dog park nearby. So each morning before we hit the road again, we would drive to the dog park and let the pups and the people run around for a while. Driving all day is tough on everyone so this was an excellent way to stretch and play. I highly recommend finding dog parks if you are traveling with your dogs.
We loved traveling cross-country with our boys. This country is so vast and varied. You can't see much of it from an airplane. So it was a pleasure, even at 75 miles an hour, (that's the speed limit for most of the roads we traveled on) to see this beautiful country up close and personal.
Now we are back home, washing clothes and attempting to get back to a routine again. Soon school begins so there's much preparing for that. Summer is my favorite time of year. I plan to get as much fun as I possibly can from the next week. I hope your summer has been beautiful, too!