|Enjoying life on the road.|
These are definitely ‘first world problems’ but after 17 days on the road, we are all getting tired of squishing 5 of us into one room hotels and struggling to eat healthy meals for a reasonable cost.
|We use a combination of old technology and new technology to get us where we're going. We haven't gotten lost ... so far.|
|A man enjoying the freedom and independence of the road. And Scot.|
The mornings get a bit crazy. For some reason the kids have vetoed sharing the bathroom to expedite our getting on the road. “No, I will not brush my teeth while you are going to the bathroom.” Picky, picky. Why not? For the nights we stay in standard one room hotels, our favourites are Holiday inn Express and Hampton Inn & Suites. Mainly because the rooms are all neat and clean and the breakfasts are good.
Eating on the road is a challenge. It’s hard to avoid the pop and the deep fried food choices unless we are willing to pay a lot more. Often better choices aren't available, even if we want them. It’s also hard not to get lured into eating more just because they offer us big portions. Psychologically, it’s hard to walk away from 1/2 a plate of leftover food that we have just paid for. We made a couple of family rules to help us out. Only water or milk or lemonade while on the road and we push the plate away as soon as we are feeling full – no eating more just because it is there. Of course we break the rules occasionally but at least they help us to stay a bit on track.
|Taking a break from the road to hike in Bryce Canyon.|
Breakfast is easy as we always pick a hotel with complimentary breakfast. The breakfasts are really great. We usually do some form of fast food for lunch. Our favourites are Subway and Mexican food as they offer the healthiest choices but we are often limited by what is nearby at noon every day. We try to do a sit down dinner most nights but have to be careful of our menu choices. Luckily most restaurants in the States have a kids menu so that helps with the costs but they mainly offer the same 4 items. Katie has been eating mac and cheese at least 3 times a week. Christopher vacillates between the kids’ menu and the adult menu. Luckily he has really expanded his food choices this year so he can usually find something besides his standard chicken fingers & fries. Pizza is an easy, cost-effective choice that everyone likes so we end up eating pizza a few times a week. We usually average about $100/day on food - $35/lunch and $65/dinner.
|Hiking Bryce Canyon.|
|DS's make the miles go by.|
At any rate, the trip has been amazing but we are certainly looking forward to getting home to our own beds, being able to cook our own food, and having a bit of space from each other.