I am on a road trip from Minnesota to Orlando (Disney, rides and princesses) There are 9 of us in my 30-foot Minnie Winnie. Six adults and my three grandkids. As I write this on Sunday night we are all doing well. Surprisingly well. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

We have renamed the recreational vehicle from being an RV to being a TMAV… Team M(family name) Adventure Vehicle. The three kids are 9, 6 and 4 and great little travelers. The adults are their parents, three grandmothers and one grandfather.


We left Minnesota on Saturday night. The cheering by the kids when we saw two border signs was over the top. One read, “Thanks for Visiting Minnesota” and the other read “Welcome to Iowa, Fields of Opportunities.” We didn’t get such cheering until we entered Florida. One grandmother bought a map which we taped onto the table to track our progress. They are totally into counting the states they have traveled through. It’s very cool.

Alabama has really cheap gas at $2.09/gallon and some beautiful not interstate but divided highways. One rest stop had free dumping and free potable water with a 24-hour attendant. The kids are overly fascinated with the RV toilet and some serious monitoring has been implemented. They found huge pine cones and ran off some car energy while we dumped and filled.

Some of us cringed as we drove through Montgomery and thought of the history there. We told a few stories to the kids about civil rights but mostly they were into coming closer to Florida. It looked, from the freeway, like any American City. I think we may have missed an opportunity but I will think more about how I could have done it better.

My son and D-I-L made me a CD of traveling songs when I first got the TMAV in 04. It leads off with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” My grandson is really into Willie and this song and has all the words down pat. He dances and sings whenever we take off from getting gas. His grandfather also loves Willie so we are totally entertained after every refueling stop.

So far this has been a wonderful adventure. We stressed out the generator and had to give it a rest but it fortunately came right back. The back of the TMAV gets AC from the generator. The generator continuing to work is most important. Without AC total crabbiness would ensue at any temp above 80 degrees.

Monday we start our Disney Adventure.