The first extended road trip my husband and I took was with our kids, sleeping bags, budget motels and in a ‘79 blue Pinto wagon. This year we decided to do it in style, without kids (they are grown up now anyway), 3 star motels with Wi-Fi, and an all wheel drive Subaru. With our cell phones, GPS unit and laptop computer, guide books, and a stash of paperbacks we set out, heading in the general direction of the Grand Canyon for a 2 week safari without any set reservations or deadlines.
Every morning I checked out that day’s weather and possible route using the hotel’s Wi-Fi and my laptop. Rest stops, restaurants and scenic byways were all available at my fingertips on my GPS and our all wheel drive was invaluable in the unexpected snow storms and gravel and dirt roads that we encountered.
The best part of travelling with my laptop was being able to access geographic, geologic and historical information using Sno-Isle Library’s recommended websites and databases.
Sno-Isle carries lots of great travel books. I personally recommend travel guides such as Mobil Travel Guide, Southwest, Roadside Geology of Utah and educational DVD’s such as DVD-ED 917.9043 Touring the Southwest’s Grand Circle.
No, we didn’t make it as far as the Grand Canyon as we fell in love with the majestic scenery of southwestern Utah and decided to spend more time there.
We will save the Grand Canyon for another road trip.