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Sing-a-Long Saturday – Incubus and a Road Trip

Mar 12, 2011 by Lisa Newton

In last week’s Sing-a-Long Saturday, I brought back memories of music and my kids, featuring Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

This week I’m also bringing back more fond memories, but featuring a California born and bred band–Incubus.

When my oldest daughter turned 18, I knew I didn’t have much time left to spend with them, so off we went.

I and my four daughters packed up my mini-van and in the first three days, I drove from Washington DC to Roswell, NM.

For the next three weeks, we traveled over 10,000 miles, visited 24 states, spent almost every night in a different motel room, and had the best time ever.

We didn’t plan too much ahead of time. Basically the only framework we followed was that I had to be in Boise, ID on a certain date to visit my sister who lives there, and back in Ohio at a certain date to visit my family who lives there.

Before we left, we planned a few places we had to visit– numerous National Parks, the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Saint Helens, San Francisco–with the list expanding as time and expense allowed. O

On the day we left San Francisco, we needed to reach Eureka, CA by nightfall.

Taking the the most scenic route possible, which of course is Route 1, which runs alongside the northern coastline.

However, if you’ve never traveled Route 1 south of San Francisco, you’ll soon discover that speeds over 40mph are impossible. The road twists and turns alongside the high cliffs and bluffs of the Pacific’s edge.

So, after we stopped at Fort Ross State Historical Park, I had to find a way to get back to the 5 or we would never make Eureka in time. I asked at the Park, and they told me the best way was to turn around and backtrack 1.5 hours. That’s not what I wanted to hear.

Overhearing our conversation was a local who recommended an alternative.

Go a few miles up the 1 and turn onto a dirt road, which leads back to the 5.

Now, I’m adventurous but the idea of taking my fairly new mini-van on a dirt road with 4 kids in the car wasn’t something I was comfortable with, but then again, at the time it seemed as the best alternative. So, off we went.

As we drove the bumpy, dirt road, my daughter’s Incubus Morning View, CD was playing, which, for me, always reminds me of that portion of our road trip–Wish You Were Here:

and Drive:

Diving on that dirt road with my kids is one memory I won’t forget soon and it was also tied to a particular song.

What music memories do you have?

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2 Responses to “Sing-a-Long Saturday – Incubus and a Road Trip”

  1. Jan says:

    What a great trip, thanks for sharing the memories.


    Lisa Newton Reply:

    @Jan,You’re welcome, Jan. It was a great trip, and even though there were 5 girls who basically spent every minute of 5 weeks together, we had no fights, but wonderful memories.


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