It was a very nice vacation spent in Arkansas. Lots of driving (me the whole time) but it was a great experience. We went to visit caves in Eureka Springs and drove through the Ozark National Forest on our way to Russellville and spent the night there before heading home the next day. DD got a “motion sickness” for a bit while we were driving through the Ozark mountain’s winding roads. We were in the forest for a while. 😀
Fall Breaks falls on the same time when The Great State Fair of Texas is happening. We get free tickets to the State Fair but we’re not able to go because the family has other plans since my DD started school. So we had to give the free tickets away to friends or family who needs them.
As part of our wedding anniversary celebration, my dear husband and I were talking about going to the Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It has become a tradition for us to visit the park and have a relaxing time even if it’s only a few days whenever we are celebrating a special occasion, holiday, or a school break.
We always stay at Hi-Way Inn along Hwy 259 in Broken Bow. The hotel is very close to the main stores and restaurants. Also, a casino is right across it. When my DH and I agree on a schedule, we take turns to go to the casino.
We had a long weekend last month so we went on a road trip to Broken Bow. It was a beautiful day on our way there on a Friday but the next day was rainy. Even though it was a wet day, it didn’t stop us from having fun.
After checking in the hotel, we drove around Beavers Bend State Park like we always do. Our darling daughter enjoys looking around. We were looking forward to seeing some deer but no luck. As we go along, a patrolling sheriff pulled us over. Why? He saw DD was standing and her head was out the roof of the car. We did not see where he came from but he suddenly showed up behind us with his patrol lights on. He didn’t give us a ticket (thank goodness!). He just reminded us about child’s safety and the child should be on the car seat and buckled. Lesson learned. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at Pizza Hut Broken Bow for dinner.
Travel Tip: When traveling with kids, keep them on seat belts. It is for their safety.
Driving is not an easy task. We always have to be very aware of what’s going on on the road. We should be very attentive and should look through the side and rear view mirrors once every 10 seconds. I learned that from my driving instructor at a driving school in Fort Worth.
On the road, you will never know what’s gonna happen. So it is very important to be ready and use your good judgement in every driving situation. For example, if you are driving on the right lane on an Interstate highway where the Left Lane is for Passing Only and someone’s driving on that lane slower than the speed limit, the possibility of backing up the traffic is high. If that driver won’t keep up with the speed limit or won’t speed up to move over in front of you, you just have to speed up a little so the cars behind will be able to have the chance to pass him or her.
I experienced that situation when I was going out of town. I had to speed up ahead a little to let the traffic on the left lane move over to my lane (right) so they can pass the slow moving car on the left (passing) lane. Many drivers out there are just inconsiderate a**holes. So as a friendly advice, it is VERY IMPORTANT to pay attention at all times. In addition, you MUST NOT engaged to or AVOID or might as well QUIT) bad habits such as:
using cellphones while driving
putting make-up on while driving
playing music very loud
eating while driving
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
being aggressive on the road
I admit I was guilty with the first and last before. But I overcame them. I love myself and my family as much I love my life.
What else can you add to the list? You are welcome to share your opinion in the comments below.