The last couple of days I've spent a good part of the day thinking, researching, plotting, budgeting, reserving - all those things one must do for a family (six adult-sized people now) road trip vacation. My head is spinning with hotels, amenities, parking fees, transit routes, suite vs. two room variations, park entry fees, and all this is just for four days of our planned ten day vacation. But these four days will be the most action-packed since DH and I are taking the kids to Disneyland. Packing up the trailer and heading out is soooo much easier!
One big hurdle was jumped today when I made reservations for a two bedroom suite at a motel in Anaheim. It's very budget, but I figure we won't be spending that much time at the rooms anyway so why pay for more? What I did pay a bit extra for - two bathrooms! So. . . worth. . . it! The rest of the morning I looked at routes to Sequoia National Park and Yosemite NP and lodging possibilities. Yikes - made planning for Disneyland look easy! So I think we'll be staying in places like Visalia and Merced at a budget motel and doing drive throughs. With our time/budget/family constraints that's the way to go.
Back in 2000 DH took Geoff, Melanie and Brendan down to Long Beach, CA, when Geoff qualified to play in the Pokemon Super Trainer Showdown on the Queen Mary. They packed themselves up in a tiny Geo Metro and whisked off to SoCal.