Do you measure dog road trips by miles, or by duration?
A Road Trip Game and its Mileage
I started pondering Mileage vs. Time after deciding to play the 100 Mile Road Trip Game (by Jessica at YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.com) on my next road trip. The Game involves stopping every 100 miles to get out, stretch and discover the treasures otherwise missed along the way.
Soon, my two dogs and I will road tripping down the Pacific coast. We’re leaving in just a few weeks, but I’m still deciding where to go and what to do.
I thought it might be fun to drive most of the U.S. Pacific coastline, from Port Angeles, WA to Los Angeles, CA (aka “Angels-to-Angels”, get it?!).
Sometimes the distance seems daunting. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll be tempted to ricochet off Los Angeles and keep on by heading East instead of returning North for home.
The Mileage vs. Time Question
In any case, I thought about morphing the ‘100 Miles Road Trip Game’ into the ‘90 Minute Road Trip Game’, marking stop points by the clock rather than odometer (I like to plan the hard stuff first :-> .)
The ‘Mileage vs. Time’ question led to some philosophical self-discussion: Which is the better measurement for life’s passage? (I am turning the big 5-0 soon, so it’s only fitting to consider these things.) Do Birthdays really matter, or are Life Transitions a truer measures?
Maybe I Need a Different Question
Having come to no conclusion worth writing about, I drifted towards asking, as I always do when planning a vacation …
“When the vacation is over, how will I know if I’ve had a good time?”
It’s a silly question when I type it out loud. But the point is: if I come home relaxed yet disappointed because I didn’t have adrenaline-packed adventure, then I planned the wrong trip.
So. How will I measure the success of this up-coming dog road trip?
It will be successful if:
- We have enjoyable, shared experiences.
- We return home safe and sound.
Now I know:
- This road trip will be relaxed and improvised. It’s about quality time: destination and mileage are interesting but not a goal for this particular trip. We may make it to San Diego, or we may get 100 miles down the road and find ourselves staying at a duck-filled lake for a week.
- I need to be prepared to keep us safe and healthy for however long or far we go.
And we’ll be playing the ’90 Minute Road Trip Game’.
Life and More Questions
Do we measure life by time and mileage? Do our trips tend to reflect how we live our lives? How will we know if we’ve had a good time?