For our first roadtrip with an 18-months-old T, we naively thought we’d do a 15-hour overnight drive to New Brunswick.
After a day at work, we headed off at 8 pm.
That was how the hubby and I used to roll. We did the long drive to his parents’ cottage overnight, taking turns, drinking lots of Coke.
For the first three hours, it was smooth sailing. T fell asleep. Then at 11, near the Ontario-Quebec border, he woke up screaming.
He cried throughout the night drive through Quebec – my shift – and I thought about driving into a ditch to end the torture. Then when the sun was rising, he passed out for the final 5 hours.
It was painful to live through but it was also a great bonding moment.
Now that T is 6, we’ve since learned to leave during the day for our long drives!
There are so many fun summer roadtrip memories and I’ve been thinking about them as the days get longer and the weather teases us with hints of Spring.
I’ve been dreaming about roadtrips, because there’s only so much of “Which window am I going to look out at today?” that I can take.
The hubby and I are feeling optimistic we’ll get to venture out this summer. But we know it’ll be different again. We’re likely not able to visit his parents again until we’re all vaccinated.
So our plan is to stay within Ontario and we’ve already mapped out an itinerary.
We think local travel will be popular this summer, so we will reserve our accommodations soon – with free cancellation, in case there’s another lockdown.
It felt fun and hopeful to look back at roadtrip memories.
That joyful feeling of anticipation in the days leading up to departure. That moment of logging off work. That excitement of picking T up from daycare and he knows that adventure awaits.
We always start our roadtrips with a family selfie in the car. I love looking back at them, because they capture the raw happiness we all felt.
Summer roadtrips are usually about visiting T’s Grammy and Grandad at their cottage in a small Acadian town in New Brunswick.
T absolutely loves it there because there are vast areas of sandy beach for him to run on.
He loves getting wet and muddy.
Our entire family always sleeps so well at the cottage with the windows open; the cool salt water breeze calms us down.
The summer after our first roadtrip with T, we started to add a second destination on our way to New Brunswick.
In 2017, we did a 3-day detour in beautiful Nova Scotia, taking in the stunning views at Peggy’s Cove…
… and historic Lunenberg, visiting a retired colleague at her century-old home.
In 2018, we did a 3-day detour at Quebec and our wonderful memories included a day hike at stunning Canyon Sainte-Anne…
… and visiting Old Quebec City.
Last summer, we had planned to visit New Hamsphire in the United States on our way to the hubby’s parents, but alas, it was not meant to be because of the pandemic.
But we ended up exploring Northern Ontario for the first time. We were so blown away that we look forward to visiting favourite spots this summer, while venturing into new spots that we missed last year, like Bruce Peninsula.
Reminiscing while planning this summer’s roadtrip has made us all excited. It gives us something to look forward to with optimism.