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PRIZE GIVEAWAY To Celebrate Summer Road Trips!

This photo makes me happy! Not too hard to figure out why, since it’s a warm, sunny beach. Virginia Beach, to be precise, and our home for the next five days! To be followed by a few more days in Williamsburg…AND the weather forecast looks AMAZING!

Virginia Beach, we're on our way!

It’s time for another GBOGH Road Trip! Please follow along for frequent updates on our Facebook page or on Twitter, hashtag #GBOGHRoadTrip.

On our itinerary:

World’s largest Wegmans supermarket in Fredericksburg, VA

World’s longest stretch of pleasure beach, Virginia Beach

The world’s largest living history museum (Colonial Williamsburg)

We’ll also be tracking down a giant gorilla, a giant statue of Neptune, and a giant sea serpent.

And … still up for discussion …the world’s tallest dive coaster at Busch Gardens. Early polls suggest that 0 out of 4 GBOGH family members are actually willing to ride this coaster, because of our shared “chicken” gene. To be continued…

In the meantime, we’re celebrating summer and the start of “Road Trip Season” with a fun GIVEAWAY!

Hullabaloo, an award-winning kid’s music duo, has just released their eighth album, Road Trip. There are 13 family car travel-inspired songs with traces of twang, funk, rock, folk and blues. Such an entertaining break from sappy children’s music! We test drove the CD on our trip to Rochester, and I cracked up when I heard the lyrics to the title song, which mentions the world’s largest ball of twine!

I have two copies to give away to residents of the U.S. or Canada! Want to enter to win? Just sign up to receive our e-mail notifications (see upper right hand corner). If you’re already a subscriber, just comment below and give me your funniest family road trip story, or share your road trip plans for this summer!

Two winners will be chosen — one randomly, and one based on how much I like your road trip memory!  You’ll be notified on Monday, June 6th, and will be asked to provide a mailing address.


  1. Fiona said,
    May 27, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    Our road trip plans for the summer are all about baseball. Baseball tournaments to be exact. Pretty much every weekend in July and August. We’re heading to different parts of Jersey, possibly Maryland and ending in Hershey. My husband figured by that point I’d be done with baseball and it would be best to surround me in chocolate – smart man.

  2. Lisa said,
    May 27, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    When I was a kid, we used to drive to Miami to visit family. Often my grandparents would take my brother and I on day trips to places such as the Miami Sequarium and Parrot Jungle. There was always a scene at the toll plaza as my grandfather would “toss” his change into the basket (remember those!) and most often miss. My brother and I would sit there embarrassed as he got out of the car to pick it up and try again! After a while, the lucky one who sat behind him got the job!

  3. May 27, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    The only funny experience that is coming to mind wasn’t funny at the time but something I certainly get teased about it now. My husband was working in Virginia Beach and the kids and I were planning to join him. We loaded up and headed out only to get pulled over an hour away from home because, guess what? My tags were expired! For 6 whole months! I couldn’t believe it and told the officer there was some mistake- surely I hadn’t forgotten to renew my plates, had I?! Yep. I did. lol My husband and kids still tease me about that one. Thankfully the officer I ran in to sent me on my way with only a ticket if I promised to drive directly to the BMV. What a memory.

    Have a great time on your trip to Virginia Beach- we spent many months there and still miss it. We’ll be heading across country this year to Seattle for our big road trip. Can’t wait! 🙂

  4. Mike said,
    May 27, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    My summer road trip plans consist of going the shortest possible distances for the shortest periods of time. Having a 25 month old and a 7 month old has proven challenging at times, especially in confined spaces for extended periods of time, but then again, I probably am not telling your readership anything that it is not already aware of. Where was the warning?!?!?!?! I feel betrayed by all of you. A simple “space out your kids more than 18 months apart” would have been appreciated (probably not heeded, but appreciated in hindsight).

    • Traci Suppa said,
      May 27, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

      It isn’t any easier when they’re spaced 6 years apart! (“Get off my side.” “Stop touching me.” “Mom, make her stop.”) I will likely sprint from the car toward the ocean with arms outstretched towards the heavens…

  5. Jeff Kent said,
    May 28, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    In the summer of 2009 we drove over 7,000 from NY to CA and back…with three kids 9, 5 and 1….and my Mother-In-Law. Oh wait, you said funniest…not scariest.