Lessons From The Road
On Tuesday we embarked on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Antonio in order to attend The Reformation of Food and Family conference! By “we” I mean, Kristina and her two daughters, my mom, my oldest daughter, my youngest son and me!
We purposed to make the entire journey Fast Food Free! But, I gotta tell ya, there is not much out there once you pass Tucson. If we hadn’t planned ahead a bit, we’d be in a real pickle. According to the GPS it was supposed to take 22 hours. We made it in 25. I think that deserves a gold medal for road trips. I mean, we had a nine month old with us for goodness’ sake! We give ourselves mad props. 🙂
Here some of our favorite stuff from the road so far:
We decided to pack picnic stuff to eat on the road and to only stop for dinner. We left a bit later than expected so by lunch time we were only in
purgatory Palm Springs. There’s a great natural market there, (despite the temperatures up to 118F!!) where we put together some lunches, Provision Room style!
We got something to drink at the market and made a deliciously sustaining discovery: raw kombucha with chia seeds, by GT. Those drinks were not only delicious they were filling and full of great energy. Way better than coffee! I’m tellin’ ya, it’s my new travel drink of choice! Only next time I will make it at home and take it along in a repurposed bottle or jar.
We also discovered the most lovely, almost magical, baby soothing music. My friend Flo Paris, recently collabrated with some other super talented music mommies and put together an album for children based on classic Bible stories. You know how kid music can work your nerves in about two measures? This album does the opposite. It soothes frazzled nerves and fills your heart with loveliness. Also (and this is the best part!) every time River (my nine month old) got fussy, we put the ipod on this music and he would smile, calm, breathe deeply and go to sleep. It was almost eerie.
Please check out Rain For Roots. You will NOT be disappointed.
A fantastic gem that the grown-ups enjoyed was Rita Madden’s podcast series Food, Faith, and Fasting. Appropriate being that we are taking this trip in order to attend a food conference. Her podcasts are so practical, so challenging and so uplifting. She focuses on using food as a means of strengthening the body to be an aid to the soul. She quotes liberally from ancients texts and the saints, which just reinforces what the post-modern person is just now figuring out–that the ancient way is often the best way. Each lecture is very short–15-20 minutes. And they are FREE on itunes!
We rotated drivers every 3-4 hours so no one had to drive too long a stretch and wear themselves out. The driver picked the tunes or podcast. Depending on the choice the driver sometimes had to endure the others singing along. This rotation driving worked great! We drove straight through without stopping to sleep.
We also discovered that we are inspired and downright brilliant between the hours of 2am and 4am. That’s when the creative juices really get flowing. It’s also when we start streaming Flight of the Concords on the phone and start laughing like we have never heard them before.
Although some of the ideas were slightly less productive than others, believe it or not, some fairly wonderful ideas resulted and you, our dear readers, will be the beneficiaries of our particular brand of genius in the months to come!
We’ll be here until Sunday, soaking up all we can about sustainability, the food movement, taking care of our families well, hospitality, and eating for the glory of God! Please consider following our journey on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We only get more entertaining the more sleep deprived we get, I assure you.
Tonight we leave you with this:
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
Psalm 103:14-15 NKJV