Spent a fair amount of time today trying to mitigate the trials and tribulations of our 9 hour car ride from New Jersey to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Granted, the trip is still six weeks away, but Rommell could take lessons from my wife and I on preparation.

Our current plan is to split the trip into two days.  The recommended course of action is to depart rediculously early (around 6am) to get to your beach house by about 5pm, leaving an hour or two for meals.  But you can still expect to spend a minimum of 9 hours in the car and that’s with minimum traffic for the final portion of the trip.

Apparently, there is no escaping the traffic jam into the Outer Banks on a Saturday unless you go over the bridge before Noon or after 5pm. 

So we’ve decided to get close (Night One destination TBD) and then plan our final assault from there.  We might try to head out early and then just hit the beach until the house is ready or just stay at the nearby hotel until they kick us out and perhaps avoid the worst of the summer madness.

I know this plan will be revised several times.  But at least we’re bound and determined to spend a true family vacation together.

Autism be damned!