October 15, 2018
My husband and I recently took a road trip to finish of our very short summer. Most of our holidays tend to be road trips to somewhere west of us, usually BC because we have family there. But this year we wanted to switch things up, so we decide to drive out to the Oregon Coast for a week. It was an awesome trip that happened to also include a lot of driving, we did a total of about 4000km! What makes a trip like that fun and not just long, unbearable hours of sitting?
Some of the keys to a great road trip, in my experience, is entertainment and snacks. We like to mix up the things we listen to while driving. While driving around the Coquihalla's twists and turns we cranked up a Spotify playlist called Road Trip Classics which had us dancing to Africa, Hey Ya! , and Danger Zone (this particular one made the husbands foot especially heavy on the gas pedal lol!). During some longer less eventful stretches we turned to some podcasts. A family member recommended we listen to the podcast Stuff You Should Know, particularly two episodes: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five and The Dyatlov Pass Mystery. We took her up on the suggestion and let me just say right now, do not listen to these as you drive in the dark, big mistake, HUGE. We were thoroughly creeped out but they are definitely worth checking out. I couldn't stop pondering these mysteries for days after I listened.
Anyways, with entertainment covered we move on to snacks! I think it's like a road trip rule that your snacks have to be at least a little unhealthy. I once decided that I was going to pack really healthy snacks for a road trip to cut back on the junk food so I packed carrots, and raspberries, and sparkling water as alternatives. While I have to admit we probably felt better at the end of the trip I was really missing those treats that I look forward to on a long drive. We ended up buying potato chips and chocolate bars at the gas station anyway. So much for that plan! I have a personal weakness for salty snacks so chocolate covered pretzels are like a dream come true. Who wouldn't want to fix your sweet and salty craving at the same time?! We have bags of pretzels in the store that are great to grab and go and as long as its not sweltering hot in your car and they're not in direct sunlight they will keep just fine as you drive, thats assuming they're not all gone in the first few minutes.
I also love our chocolate covered almonds or coffee beans which make great little popable snacks.
The best part of our road trip was the drive along Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast and camping at a beach campsite just outside Tillamook, Oregon. The coastline was just stunning to see as we drove along at sunset. Our campsite had a beach only a few hundred meters away so we spent a lot of time just standing or sitting on the beach breathing in the fresh air and listening to the ocean. It was incredibly relaxing. On our list night there we built a fire in the sand and had some great campfire snacks. What is a camping trip without s'mores? Our chocolate caraques or chocolate wafers are essential for a good s'more as they are nice and thin so they melt perfectly. And you don't want to bring down your s'more experience with low quality chocolate, trust me.
All in all, it was a pretty amazing trip filled with awesome food and experiences and we came home feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready to take on an Alberta Fall and Winter.
Did you take any road trips this summer? Did they feature any chocolatey highlights? We'd love to hear about it on our Instagram or Facebook page!
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