Road Trips are for Making Amazing Family Memories
1 week ago today, we took a family road trip. We haven’t been on vacation in a long time. We had a little money saved up, so as a last hurrah, we packed the kids up and off we went. About a month ago, I had the idea that I wanted to take the kids to see the famous General Sherman tree. Yes, we made the trip to Sequoia National Park.
We’ve never been to this park before, so it was going to be a first for all of us. My husband had a long weekend coming up at the end of August. The kids still weren’t in school yet, so off we went.
Our morning started off at 6:30 am. We officially hit the road by 7:15am and of course, we hit some traffic. All the way through L.A. we hit the brakes in stop and go traffic. Once we got to the Newhall Pass, it was smooth sailing from there.
Keeping up with traditions!
We have a tradition whenever we travel on the 5 freeway. Whenever we find ourselves traveling up north, we always make sure to stop at our favorite place. Petro is located right at the end of the mountainous portion of the Grapevine. We’ve been stopping here for more than 15 years. When our oldest was little, we use to stand by the side of the building where the big semi trucks would go in for a truck wash. His eyes would light up every time a big rig would drive by. And guess what? He still remembers! Yes, Petro is a truck stop that caters mostly to truckers, but it has an Iron Skillet Restaurant that is super yummy!
By the time we arrived at the restaurant, we were hungry! The breakfast buffet was full of delicious breakfast meals such as biscuits and gravy, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes! We ate until we were full! When we walked up to pay, we were told that kids eat free! Wow, what a wonderful surprise! This totally made our morning.
A bit of California History
Since we were driving north on the 5 freeway, I wanted to make a quick pit stop. There’s a place I’ve been wanting to visit since forever! A place that isn’t all that common to visit and in all honestly a little scary to visit. Coming off the 5, we turned onto highway 41 and went to a tiny town called Parkfield. And by tiny, I mean t i n y. It has a population of 18 but it’s home to one of California’s most famous fault line. The San Andreas Fault. Parkfield is one of the few places where you can actually see a sign detailing where the San Andreas Fault line lies. It’s also the most closely observed earthquake zone in the world!!
We’re at The San Andreas Fault! #fiftravels #familytravel #parkfield #sanandreasfaultline #earthquake A video posted by Liz (@familyisfamilia) on
It’s a place where there’s nothing to see, but a sign. Literally. The last time Parkfield had an earthquake was in 2004 and it was recorded at a magnitude 6.0. That’s a pretty big earthquake. The Parkfield motto is, “Be here when it happens.” That’s so funny! I don’t think I ever want to be there for anything to happen!
Everyone made my dream come true by visiting The San Andreas Fault. But getting there was a bit of a challenge. Our trip consisted of packing accordingly. Snacks for the road. Gas and a reliable car. We had the great pleasure of driving the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL 2.0T AWD.
If there is one car to take on a road trip, it has to be the Kia Sorento. As a family of 5, one of the biggest complaints I have about cars is the room capacity. We finally outgrew our use of car seats, so the space we need has to be sufficient enough for a tall teen and two squiggly kids. This SUV proved to be the best choice for our trip. With three row seats, the kids (and whoever got stuck riding in the back with them) had plenty of wiggle room for viewing the great outdoors from their seat, playing on their tablets or taking naps.
The amount of space the car had was perfect for us, and while driving the car, it didn’t feel like I was driving a ginormous vehicle. As my husband put it:
It’s the elegance of a luxury car, the ruggedness of a 4-wheeler
We used the GPS navigation system the whole time. Especially when it came to visiting Parkfield. See, the road to see the San Andreas Fault is a small road, right off the main highway. Out in the middle of NOWHERE!
I was keeping an eye on the GPS that features a Voice-Command Navigation system with an 8″ Display, UVO eServices & Sirius Traffic. My husband, on the other hand, was freaking out thinking we were lost. Men…
Another feature we used a lot was the AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM® Audio System. For this road trip, now that the kids are older, my husband and I don’t really get full control of the tunes anymore. With our two out of three kids with phones, the MP3 player made it easy for the kids to listen to whatever they wanted to listen to. Plus, with the bluetooth connection, we had a variety of stuff to listen to!
After we took our pictures at the San Andreas Fault, it was off to Sequoia National Park. Come back next week for more of our trip!
This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was sent the AMAZING Kia Sorento for 1 week to facilitate this review. Gracias, Kia for making this the best road trip EVER!!!
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!