When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

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“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” -Dolly Parton

Most of us work so much that we forget the little stuff that is big stuff in disguise. We forget to spend a little extra time with our significant others and our children. Then we push back that vacation we said that we would take, but never do. But when you go on an awesome 12-hour road trip to Orlando, you take the opportunity to turn it into something great.

There’s always time to do those things like vacations or weekend getaways. Often there’s money once we stop buying that Starbucks latte. However, we get tangled up in excuses then life flashes before our eyes, and the only memories that we have are about work.

Well, I’ve been there and done that. It sucks. I suggest you make changes pronto.

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

I love road trips. Sometimes I feel like I’m an anomaly, does no one take long drives anymore? In either case, we were off towards the open road.

My son and I drove 12-hours to Orlando. Well, I drove, he slept. Scheduled in our itinerary were college events and apartment hunting.

Our first stop: Summerton Diner in South Carolina. From the outside, it looked like an abandoned diner from the 1950’s with outdated decor and siding. My son looked at as if to say, “Are you sure you want to eat here?” Without him having to say it out loud, I said, “Hey you never know right?”

The old saying goes don’t judge a book by its cover. The food tasted good, and we had friendly service.

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When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

 

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To OrlandoWhen You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To OrlandoMy son is a quiet introvert, just like his mother. He isn’t a man of many words unless it’s something that interests him. He’s also not a fan of pictures. However, he semi-humored me.

 

 

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

The orientation began to make everything feel real. College and our separation became inevitable.

Here’s a picture of my son trying something new. He got a chance to experience how to create music for a video game. At first, he didn’t want to try it. He tends to focus on one or just a few things.

Sometimes as parents we have to nudge our children to try new things, then let go if over time we find out that it makes them miserable. He tried it and liked it. Go figure.

My son is passionate about music. He has an incredible ear for music. He spends hours creating magical original content. It’s mind-blowing.

Check out his SoundCloud and his website here. The website is still under construction so bear with us.

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To OrlandoWhen You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To OrlandoNext, we visited Lake Eola Park in Downtown, Orlando.

The swan boats I must admit made me a tad bit nervous, mainly because I’m not a strong swimmer. This time my son encouraged me to push past my comfort zone.

Also, he’s the one on the highest roller coaster ride, and I’m the one watching from the ground.

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At any rate, we found an apartment that my son immediately liked. Check out the video here.

Of course, we couldn’t leave Orlando without exploring the food scene. We went to this phenomenal Italian restaurant about 15 minutes away from downtown Orlando. Check out Antonella’s  Pizzeria if you’re ever in the area.

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When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando
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Meanwhile, we also had some incredible Korean BBQ at Izziban Korean BBQ and Sushi. Absolutely delicious. It’s isn’t too far from where my son will live. That’s dangerous.

However, the experience differed from other Korean BBQ restaurants. Our waiter gave us our meat that we ordered and walked away without saying a word. He neglected to inform us that we would be cooking the food ourselves! In any event, dinner ended up being phenomenal.

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

 

Furthermore, the trip ended nicely. We found a jet ski shop on the side of the road during our return home called Action Jet Ski & Boat Rental in Daytona Beach.

To begin with, when we arrived, the staff informed us that they just experienced a fire. As a result, their building had burned to the ground by arson.

Rather suspicious by the story, I decided to Yelp the reviews and many indeed confirmed the story. Granted that didn’t prove whether or not we received the whole story, so we stepped out on faith because they had jet skis and we were ready to ride.

Parents tend to get nervous when they see their children engaging in potentially “dangerous” activities. It took me some time before I could relax on the jet ski.

For one thing, I continued to look back to make sure he didn’t fall off the jet ski. He did a great job and stayed safe. We had a blast! This is what happens when you go on an awesome 12-hour road trip to Orlando.

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

On our way home North, we had the worse pizza ever. We stopped by a campground. We shouldn’t have eaten there. The pizza tasted frozen.

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

Cute cat. I just question pets in restaurants.

 

When You Go On An Awesome 12-Hour Road Trip To Orlando

This is how I survived that 12-hour drive.

 

As a final point, it’s important to take lots of family vacations. Make time to spend more time together. Go on adventures because it’s a great way to connect with each other.

Lessons I’ve learned:

  1. Don’t wait too long to have beautiful and meaningful experiences with your children. 
  2. Eliminate the excuses.
  3. Plan better.
  4. Don’t force your children into something that isn’t their calling. 
  5. Embrace your children’s differences.
  6. Don’t forget to have fun and play.

 

  • CeSea
    November 11, 2016

    Great story, such an inspiration. You rock!

    • Fran
      CeSea
      November 11, 2016

      CeSea thank you for reading and I really appreciate your support. 🙂

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