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Spring Break Day 9: Road Trippin’

March 27, 2010

I think road trips are highly underrated. Today, my family and I drove to Yosemite. Every time we’re about to leave, the fam likes to pretend like the drive is going to be hell. They talk about how it’s going to be so boring and long — but road trips are so much more than that to me!

Road trips are the best way to experiences crazy, new, WERID things you would NEVER do if you were flying, or taking a train or a subway or something. Picture this: you’re driving along, you’re looking out the window, you’re talking with your buddies. You get hungry, and you’ve got options! You can either to go a weird road-side restaurant (it could be suuuuuper shanty, which will make for great stories afterwards, it could be reeeally offbeat and crazy, or it could just be some sweet old Mom and Pop place that makes you feel all cozy and warm inside) or you can stop at the nearest gas station and stock up on all the delicious snack foods offered in places like that.

Today, as we drove along, at around mile 200, we saw numerous signs for this place called Bravo Farms. Signs advertised things like wine and cheese tasting, hot dogs, burritoes, gift baskets, ice cream and fun. How could we pass up the opportunity to check out a place as eclectic as that?? Exactly. We couldn’t.

So, we got off the freeway and dined at the lovely restaurant at Bravo Farms, which, I must say, earned a standing ovation from me. The place consists of a restaurant, a gift shop, an ice cream store, a petting zoo, a garden, a tree house, and many, many more things and places we didn’t even have time to see. The people we saw there were the MOST colorful. Just try to imagine the regulars at a place that sells both wine AND tickets to pet goats and donkeys. Yeah, exactly. They’re pretty crazy.

After we ate, we toured the petting zoo and the treehouse. We spent a considerable amount of time in the store, looking over all the original, Bravo Farms-produced goodies offered at the store. After walking around the store for a while, I can honestly say that I think Bravo Farms has literally found a way to put chocolate on just about everything you can imagine. They’re quite imaginative over there at the Farms.

For some, the vacation always starts when you get to the destination, in this case, Yosemite. But for me, the moment MY vacation starts is the moment my Mom puts the key in the ignition and starts the engine. I guess, for me, it’s always been more about the journey, not the destination.

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