After my station in DC flipped formats, Corri and I decided to postpone the next job and return to Los Angeles - the city where we met and fell in love 4 years ago (I won't bore you with details, but you can bore yourself by CLICKING HERE)
The move from East to West Coast turned into a cross-country, month-long road trip with a 2-year-old! Most of the travel time was just me and the rugrat - which I anticipated would allow us a max of 11 to 13 miles a day.
Throughout the trip, Corri was flying off to work in NYC or LA, while Rad and I zig-zagged across the US. My belief that a 2-year-old couldn't be entertained for long stints in the car was SO wrong! A huge relief, and simultaneously AWESOME as we used the inspiration of bladders and billboards to decide where we'd stop along the way.
I captured the whole adventure on my iPhone, and edited it one piece at a time while lying in a random hotel (chosen by my Hotels.comapp, each night). After Radley had commandeered the extra queen bed - except that one night in the honeymoon suite... that's not an off-color joke, and it did include a kicky-feet barricade - I'd mixdown our latest escapades!
As you watch this story unfold, parents will quickly understand why this was hands-down the most-fulfilling month of my life! I watched my kid mature and physically grow, lean on me and challenge himself, and I learned all the words to a certain (constantly-present) song...
Note: this was initially meant as a home video for my family, but so many friends and family were asking for it, that I started utilizing YouTube and then realized that dads might be curious about the potential of such a trip...or at least enjoy some of the random pit-stops and distractions along the way!
I did realize that there's absolute no pretense in this video. I hear my 'Dad-voice 'delivery, see the overly-sentimental moments and probably left my social security number in the footage somewhere..