Is it a family adventure without the rest of the family?

Usually my adventures occur with my family.  In fact, I haven’t been on a trip by myself in 20+.  That is all about to change.  I am heading to California in March!  I love to have “adventures” but I am not an adventurous person.  I research the death out of a trip so that I am prepared.  Knowing what is around every turn is my goal.   I guess I turn adventures into experiences…. which in my mind, is just as wonderful!  I have a feeling this trip will provide me with more authentic adventures and move me out of my control-freak comfort zone.

I grew up on a farm in a small town in Western New York and now we live in a rural county at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  Los Angeles is bound to be a whole different world.

Normally, I travel with my husband and 3 teenagers.  We like to visit friends and family while we travel but I HATE to impose on people.  This trip not only am I majorly imposing on people, these poor people are relatives that I haven’t seen for over 30 years!  My cousins graciously invited me into their homes for a nice long visit.  I worry that…they won’t like me, I have weird habits/mannerisms that will drive them crazy, I will bore them.  All sorts of insecurities that don’t normally come along with my vacations because my family has to put up with me, I belong to them!

Long Beach California 1987

Me with my cousin Melinda in 1987…my white, northern skin wasn’t used to the sunshine!

Long Beach, CA 1987

My cousin Emily and I coloring Easter eggs…in 1987. I wish I was that skinny again but I never want to see that hair again!!!

My method of planning a vacation usually begins with figuring out what types of activities we want to do and then finding lodging near those parks/attractions.  This time, I am choosing activities based on where I am staying.

Wish me (and especially my cousins) luck!


About amymapes

I am a mom with 3 kids who are growing up too fast. I love to bake and come up with hair-brained schemes that make my kids roll their eyes. We try to do lots of different things as a family....sometimes my kids even enjoy it!
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