ROAD TRIPPING OUT WEST!

When you see this post I will be in the midst of my trip. As I write this I am reflecting on this once in a lifetime opportunity that lies ahead. Stay tuned for an update once I return.

I’m leaving on vacation very soon and am truly looking forward to a change of scenery and seeing new places as well as revisiting favorite ones.  This time I’m taking my two children with me.  It’s a graduation celebration for both of them.

No doubt the three of us will never again have three weeks to savor one another’s company, see great sights and make terrific lasting memories.  They probably don’t realize this.  I do.  At 22 and 18 they are growing into themselves and away from my control and influence.  This is normal but I must say I’m a bit melancholy!  I’ve also never taken three weeks off before!

I am a proud Mom!  My son graduated in May obtaining 4 degrees in 5 years!  They are:  International Business, Finance, Economics and Mandarin Chinese.  Yes, he is a classic overachiever just like his Mom!  Yes, he has a job beginning in July using all the things he studied.  He will get to travel to China for business and is quite excited about this.  My daughter graduated high school early and just completed her first semester of college, making the Dean’s List.  She never liked high school and was ready to get on with things she said.

We are going on a western roadtrip.  Flying to Phoenix and renting a vehicle we will spend nights in Sedona, Grand Canyon Village and Las Vegas.  Then we’ll drive through the Mohave Desert up to Fresno.  It’s a stopping point to visit cousins and see Yosemite and Kings Canyon parks.  From there we’ll go to the California coast around San Luis Obispo and drive up Highway 1. Hearst Castle, great scenery, Monterey and Carmel await exploring before spending more time in San Francisco. Napa Valley wine tastings, Lake Tahoe and other stops will be enjoyed before ending in Reno for another cousin’s wedding.  Sounds like fun doesn’t it?

I’m sure we will have some funny experiences along the way.  My daughter is trying to whittle down her packing list as she only gets two suitcases!  She and her brother are wondering how they will survive being together for that long.  I just think it will be a good experience in diplomacy and creative conversation!  We’re taking some good classic books on CD’s.  I’m planning to play some of the car games we did when they were kids – they still enjoy them.

We Americans don’t allow ourselves enough time for rest and recharging.  I’m hoping this trip will provide impetus for us to be more cognizant about making and taking time to enjoy family and friends.  I’ll let you know how it goes!  Stay tuned.

About Sara Seasholtz

Sara Seasholtz, CFP®, was voted one of "50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte" by The Mecklenburg Times in 2011, and she's been a trusted financial advisor to her clients for over 30 years. Have a financial question?ASK SARA!

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