Without you, we'd have been cooked, which would have been almost as bad as driving over the edge of the Grand Canyon. On behalf of myself, my friend, her dog, and all foolish drivers, I belatedly thank you.
In Oregon, our first big stop was at a place that I'm happy to say has already been protected for more than a century: Crater Lake National Park. The blue water looked as amazing as when gold prospectors stumbled upon it in 1853. It's the deepest lake in the U.S., with incredibly clear water.
There is something universal about roadtrips. The soundtrack of my particular childhood journeys was a combination of Barbara Streisand, the musical Annie and the Solid Gold cassette collection. Now it's time for my son to experience it.
Was surviving our sojourn an achievement worth noting on a resume? And more importantly, am I so terrible a travel partner as to note mere survival as a successful outcome? This would require serious thought.
My first Wilderness experience was as a Boy Scout in California. Spending four days on a Wilderness backpacking trip in the Klamath Mountains at the age of 13 changed my life forever and put me on a path to be a conservationist.
Veer off the main road, take pleasure in not being on a cramped, full flight, and let your car do what it was made to do. With the right car, the right company and the right attitude about the journey, the behind-the-wheel world is your oyster for the summer.
The first time I saw dolphins was in Slovenia, when it was still called Yugoslavia, while on vacation with my parents. We lived in Paris and most summers my parents rented a small flat of two rooms in the coastal village of Piran, where we usually spent a few weeks at the time.
Wild and untamed New Zealand encompasses some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Largely uninhabited, yet bursting with unquestionable beauty, the islands offer visitors a veritable buffet of landscapes to explore, each one painted with a unique palate of color.
Planning a trip -- especially an international one -- is a difficult task when you're trying to find the best of everything at a reasonable price.
For those of us on a strict budget (practically all of us), value becomes that much more important.
Only 14 days until we embark on our fifth summer road trip, and my planning for it has fueled my wanderlust. In the last few days I've been asked repeatedly one or both of the following: "Are you going on another adventure this summer?" Or, "Where are you headed?"
You won't be packing Funyuns and your copy of George Orwell's Animal Farm (that book's banned in North Korea). Oh no. North Korea will assign all road trippers an official escort for the duration of their trip.