We’d barely finished our “Easter eggs Benedict” and put away the chocolate wrappers littering the den area rug when the 5 of us loaded up in my car to head up I-85 north for a Spring Break road trip of national parks in Virginia and the Carolinas. We were still in Gwinnett County, GA when we hit our first patch of traffic, but from what I saw on FaceBook, driving north from Atlanta instead of south toward the Gulf was an infinitely better experience (it was fine the…

After stopping briefly at the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia welcome centers, we stopped for a few hours in Richmond, VA.  The first priority was dinner, and in order to describe my choice of restaurants, a bit of back story is in order: Since I try not to be profane around the children, my “go to” inappropriate word to provide levity in times of turmoil is “bottom.”  Examples go like this: child:  “DADDY!  She’s ruining my train tracks!” me:  “My bottom likes to ruin train tracks.” child: …