We took our first electric roadtrip as a family last weekend, as the children got Columbus Day (and the preceding Friday + the following Tuesday) off.  We headed to Guntersville, Alabama on Saturday, where my parents live by the state park. But first, we stopped at a Nissan dealer in Rome to fill up on electricity and then headed northwest to Scottsboro, where airports’ unclaimed baggage is sold in a giant superstore. The children got sunglasses and watches; the Mrs got jewelry; I got impatient to get some…






A couple of weekends ago, I gathered with several friends from high school for a weekend of kayaking on the Hiwassee River like we did last year before we all turned 40.  While riding back with my friend Jim Bob (who’s my most car-knowledgeable friend…I tell people he’s “pooped while reading Car & Driver since puberty,” which is the absolute truth), we discussed the fact that our family vehicle is 10 years old, has no a/c, and was recently rear-ended on Roswell Road.  I said maybe I should…






We arrived at the Hall of the States building at 9:40am and parked in the garage.  If you’ve ever tried to find parking in Washington, DC, you know what a chore that can be, especially if you’re seeking a monitored garage, so that your MacBooks, ipads, and cooler stay both cool and free from theft.  Considering it was a short walk to the Capitol, where we had a 10:10am tour reservation, this was a huge win. After touring several areas of the Capitol (sadly, we did not enter…






For 10 days, the 5 of us are going to travel from Georgia to Delaware to Florida.  Along the way, we’ll visit Richmond, Washington DC, Lewes (where we’ll stop in DE), and Amelia Island.  The children will have been in 10 states (if the District of Columbia counts) when we return:  AL, GA, FL, TN, VA, SC, NC, MD, DE, and “DC.” Here’s what the Odyssey looked like right before we pulled out of our garage: We’ve never used my “cargo shelf” on the minivan before (it usually…