These rules were written as part of the wonderful trip notes that my brother Mike wrote after a road trip he took. It was Mike, my older brother Chuck, my 82 year old Dad, and a cute little cocker spaniel named Lady. Good title for a movie... "Three men and a lady"..
Rule one - Don't let Dad navigate!
Rule two - If you're going to take a pet, make sure it's cute.
Rule three - Get a hotel near a restaurant.
Rule four - Always enter your major cities at rush hour.. it allows you to see the city at a more leisurely pace.
Rule five - Always decide at the last minute about local attractions and never check ahead . It creates more stories to tell afterward.
Rule six - Remember, "getting there is half the fun".
Rule seven - If you plan on doing something out west, do it AFTER Memorial Day.
Rule eight - Remember that quite often what appears to be a bad thing is actually a good thing.
Rule nine - Take the chance...that moment will never come again.
Rule ten - You can't really appreciate nature from inside a car.
Rule eleven - At least once in your life, see the Grand Canyon.
Rule twelve - Perservere. The best treasures take time to uncover.
Rule thirteen - Remember to spend time with those you love. People are more important than places or things.
Rule fourteen - When you get a chance, go back again.
Rule fifteen - You don't have to go far away to find magic.
Final rule - Life is what you do for a living.