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ADRoadtrip Blog - Part 2

Parker Is Recovering Well… Thank Goodness

Posted: July 10th, 2009 | Author: jason | Filed under: Update | Tags: , , | No Comments »

It has been one week since our accident in Park City on the Alpine Slide, and I am grateful to say that Parker is recovering very well (despite the small hit he took in the same spot by running into the car door - that was very painful for him.)

If you missed the video, it is here - http://adroadtrip.com/blog/adroadtrip-dad-and-son-accident/

I will admit that this has been one of the longest weeks of my life, and rightfully so. The good news is that I spend more time trying to keep him settled down in place long enough to avoid re-injury. His wounds are healing progressively faster now than earlier in the week. I anxiously wake each morning, with a bit of a pit in my stomach, to see his overnight healing progress.

Today was the best day by far in terms of most significant overnight improvement. So, I take a bit of a sigh of relief from this painful incident, and we move forward with our Summer fun.

This weekend will include at a minimum, the following (there may be some good ideas in here for your families too):

  • Movie in the park
  • Trail running and mountain biking
  • Friends Breakfast at Ruth’s Diner in SLC
  • Mountain adventure exploration with the kids (no fast moving vehicles, just old fashioned walking)
  • Basketball in the driveway

I know, you are thinking “what an ordinary weekend”, but sometimes the more ordinary, the better.

There’s lots more ADRoadtrip adventure to come now that we are back on track, so be on the lookout for more updates and giveaways. Thanks to everyone that send their well wishes to Parker… it means a lot to him and to us.

ADRoadtrip Dad And Son Accident

Posted: July 4th, 2009 | Author: jason | Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I preface this video post with intense remorse. What I intended to be a fun filled afternoon and evening of Alpine Slide rides and a family meal in Park City, UT, quickly became a painful and worrisome time for everyone.

Honestly, I don’t know what went wrong, I have replayed the accident in my mind a million times. I noticed once or twice that Parker was pushing my left foot out of its slot on the sled, which concerned me because I was wearing flip-flops, but I don’t know if that had any impact on our crash. My flip-flop may have gone between the sled and the track for an instant, but I’m not sure.

Everything in, I just should have taken better care to ensure the safety of my son by going slower down the track. The thought, “don’t just be conservative, be safe” has been stuck in my head. If I was alone, I would have gone faster, but my attempt to go “slower” wasn’t enough, as I have realized with this unfortunate accident.

What was like a safe and stable ride on the sled, instantly transitioned to what felt no more safe than a potato sack on a carnival slide. I have been down that exact slide a dozen times over recent years alone and with my children - I just can’t explain what made this ride dangerously different.

Amerx Has Road Trip Solutions

Posted: July 1st, 2009 | Author: jason | Filed under: Advertiser | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Amerx Office Solutions, based in Austin, TX has office equipment for every possible output need. They sell and support everything from single unit HP printers all the way to full fleet managed services. Although they operate in Austin, they support small, large, non-profit and government organizations in Texas and throughout the rest of the country.

I was especially excited to learn about all the great financing and utility based pricing options they offer, so if you want to pay by the print they will do that too. If you are looking to upgrade your printer, copiers, scanners or faxes or if you are just looking for a new service provided that can handle everything from toner to onsite service, Amerx Office Solutions has something for you.

Now is a great time to re-think your output budgets, and Amerx can help you every step of the way. They really know their business, and they make quick business of getting to know yours.

Working On The Road

Posted: June 28th, 2009 | Author: jason | Filed under: Road Trip Tips | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Life can be hectic, even in the best of times… mix in a challenging economy, stagnant career opportunities and kids on Summer break, and you’ll have yourself caught in whirlwind of emotions and distractions so intense you might not know how to make it through the day. Finally, throw in a road trip that places you half-way across the country where you shack up with friends and family (the ones gracious enough to put up with your traveling chaos), and the intensity factor earns a multiple of 10-20x.

Representing the end of week one, this road trip has been interesting so far… a little crying, a little arguing, a little tiring, and a lot of fun (and that’s just my experience). We have managed to get all of our “real work” done each day with relative efficiency, which has been a pleasant surprise.

I will say this… the road trip has already proven to be a learning experience. I have learned a lot more about people than I initially considered. As is the case with any extended engagement, people learn who you really are, and you with respect to them. I’m not suggesting that others will ultimately see through to the jerk in you, but any extended time you spend with people for professional or personal reasons naturally expose more of who you really are - at some point, the overly bubbly, smile at everything, “I’m a visitor so I have to schmooze” kind of behavior has to go.

So, back to the things I think I have learned, and (really) need to implement:

  1. Don’t do everything everyone tells you to do - it’s too much, if your version of fun is one solid activity every couple of days, then you won’t be happy bouncing with an AM visit to the park and an afternoon visit to the ZOO. The kids need fun, but if you get late into the afternoon and they are not happy, even after everthing you have done for them, you might be doing too much.
  2. Talk to your spouse (one-on-one) more - This rule is especially critical if you are spending any extended length of time around (or staying with) family. There are so many opinions floating around that you must absolutely get with your spouse and ground yourselves before you fall prey to “what everyone else thinks.”
  3. As always, remember a little “you time” - Be totally alone, this time is not intended to replace the “date night’ with your spouse or the one-on-one time with your son or daughter - this is complete “you” time. It may sound a little selfish at first, especially since you are on vacation together, but if you take just a smidgen of time for yourself, then you will escape the “family vacuum” that tends to consume your thoughts and behavior, and come back refreshed and ready for more family fun.

So, is this short list a good reminder, maybe, insightful, maybe not, but all in all I think it makes good sense to keep your “away from home” bearings greased up and rotating properly.

Until next time - plan ahead, and be safe…

BikeandRoll With Us In San Francisco

Posted: June 23rd, 2009 | Author: jason | Filed under: Advertiser | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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BikeandRoll is tightening their spokes with ADRoadtrip, and we couldn’t be more excited. I typically travel anywhere I can with my mountain bike, even if I can only squeeze in one solid ride day, the travel challenges are typically worth it. Simply put, I like to ride.

BikeandRoll locations include San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Washington DC. Since our road trip schedule includes San Francisco as a destination, we will be riding with BikeandRoll. They make all the arrangements to ensure you have a great ride too, with tons of fun rental options way beyond single rider bikes. They have something for everyone in the family of age 1 and above to participate.

Touring, mountain, road, kids and tandem bikes are available with trailers or tagalongs to get everyone involved - no one needs to be left behind. They have tours or self guided riding options, and they map the way of several rides and scenic routes - the only thing they don’t do for you is ride the bike, which wouldn’t be fun at all anyway.

So, if you are in the SF area, be on the lookout for ride rental specials and giveaways for you, friends and families to cruise town in style and fun. More dates and deals to follow soon.