Lessons from day one

photoFirst leg of the epic mother-daughter road trip. In this episode, MEH (My Engineer Husband) and I drove from Maine to Pennsylvania. One notable update: at the last minute the nondescript white station wagon (see previous post) had electrical problems so we decided to rent a car. Probably a good choice since the wagon has over 220K miles on it. So, instead of that, we have a brand new Nissan Altima… here’s hoping all the college gear fits into it!

Here are some lessons from Day One.

1. If you’re leaving super early (okay, middle of the night), make sure the alarm is set for a.m. and not p.m.

2. Bring sunscreen.

3. Tape EZPass to the windshield of the rental car.

4. It really is possible to take too much stuff (and this is directed at ME not at my daughter!).

5. When you’re driving through New England, you can see seven states in seven hours.

6. A lot of motorcyclists don’t wear helmets and drive like maniacs.

7. It’s much faster to fly than to drive.

8. Hugs from my kids are the best!

Tomorrow: Graduation in the morning and then my daughter and I start our roadtrip to California, and MEH flies home to Maine.




  1. Happy Graduation to your daughter, Julia! And congrats to you and your husband as well. 🙂

    • Julia Munroe Martin says:

      Thanks, Karen! I think we’re all ready for a wonderful celebration — big party tonight with all her friends and their parents! Can’t wait! 🙂

  2. Yes – happy graduation to your girl, and happy travels for you! What fun you will have :-). And mega ‘eeks’ about the alarm mishap.

  3. Julie Luek says:

    Have a great time. We talked about renting for our cross-country trip too. Like you, we have cars very well loved and used. 😉

  4. These made me laugh. Have an awesome time at graduation and renting the car was definitely the way to go.

  5. Happy Graduation Day!!!

  6. Christine M Grote says:

    Enjoy graduation. What a rush. Have fun.

  7. Shary says:

    I can hardly believe you trip has begun. I’m looking forward to riding along with you! ( I’ve made that mistake with the alarm clock, too! )

  8. This is going to be such a great trip, Julia. Full of fun and adventure. I’ve always wanted to do something like this and now I get to travel vicariously through you. I hope you’ll get to post lots of photos.

    I’m guessing that the 7 states in 7 hours thing won’t apply when you get out west. Then you could be traveling for days in one state.

    Congrats to your daughter on her graduation and landing her dream job.

  9. Oh WoW! How exciting. Hope graduation day goes well – congrats to dort! Have a great time travelling too – it’ll be fab! xo

  10. I can’t tell you how many times that a.m./p.m. thing has messed up my alarms! Hope y’all have a blast!!