Tag Archives: trip

Safety Equipment For Travel & Fun

Just this past week I took a road trip with my family to the midwest. We enjoyed the drive and seeing the sights, but never far from my mind was how isolated we sometimes were. On a few of the state highways – one lane in either direction, flat, and no structures for miles upon miles – I realized that it would be bad to break down without having prepared beforehand. As a result, I began to mentally take stock of what we had available in our vehicle and how long we could survive on it. Of course, some of what I inventoried in my mind was what weapons we had to defend ourselves with, and what communications tools we had to contact help. The following is a list of equipment that I try to maintain in my vehicle for such a trip and some justification for each piece. Continue reading

Life Is A Journey; Not A Destination

Some years back (as I type this) I was scheduled to take a trip to New Hampshire from my home state of Maryland.  I had a number of people quite shocked that I chose to drive rather than fly.  After all, why would I waste so much time driving when I could fly so much faster?  I didn’t really have an answer to give them other than I don’t much care for flying and would prefer to drive.  As it turned out on that trip I stopped at a state maintained rest stop and ran into one of the firefighters who actually responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  It was an honor to meet him and be able to give him some thanks by paying for his food.  That wouldn’t have happened if I had decided to fly instead of drive. Continue reading