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Spring has Sprung and now Sunny Summer days are here, and we are slowly coming out of quarantine. Some of us! By now you have binged watched as much as you care to watch in the comfort of your home. You have completed or ready to pause the projects you started in and outside of your home and car. There are no summer festivals, and entertainment is very scarce. Safety is our main priority and concern. If you are a Traveler, like yours truly, you are trying not to go insane from the constant daydreaming of your next adventure. Yes, you are probably like me, ready to gas up and go! No airline ticket required. Sadly, it appears that corona might have us back in, shutting down before too long. I am Praying that does not happen.

What if you could take a quick road trip?? Somewhere not too far away. A change of scenery, where you could still Safely practice social distancing. Yes, A Road Trip! It could be with your family, a friend, or even a Solo getaway.

I highlighted a few things from a post I read and added some of my own nuggets to help you in the event you get the urge to venture away for a day or two. Here’s some of my, Know Before You Go.

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A successful road trip is far more than simply cramming friends or family into your car. If you want to have a memorable road trip without going stir crazy, there are a few more how-tos, travel hacks, and general best practices for staying safe and healthy.

1. Plan your route…but leave wiggle room.

Save yourself (and whoever else is with you) a lot of time, headaches, and nightmare-ish arguments if you plan the route (and alternatives) beforehand.

The responsibility to plan the route more than likely falls on one person. If that’s you, make sure to clearly communicate your plans with everyone else so they know what to expect and can bring up concerns and/or input early on (preferably before you’re all stuck in a small space together).

More importantly, leave room for exploration, fun, relaxation and metaphorical bumps along the road.

Planning Sites: 🗓

  • TripAdvisor – A community-driven website that is chock full of information on places to eat, see, and stay, as well as things to do anywhere.

  • RoadTrippers – This helps you find the best spots to stop for sightseeing and rest along the way.

  • Road Trip Planner – An easy-to-use site that takes a lot of the extra work out of researching. You’ll get recommendations based on five categories: food, games, apps, music, and safety.

  • This is the one I use the most... TripIt —TripIt can organize your travel plans no matter where you book. Simply forward your confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and in a matter of seconds, TripIt will create a master itinerary for every trip.

2. Set a budget range. 💵

The expenses in a road trip can add up really quickly. The big elephant in the room is the cost of gas.⛽️ When you start setting up the budget, it should be built around the approximate cost of fuel across your entire trip. In fact, it’s better if you overestimate the cost per gallon a bit. An app like GasBuddy will be instrumental.

3. Consider a rental car. 🚘

A road trip can place a lot of stress and mileage on a car, which can depreciate its value. If you care about your personal vehicle, consider renting or car sharing.

Whether you choose a rental car or drive your own vehicle, always clean the inside of your car down regularly with the wipes, making sure to do the steering wheel, cup holders, seatbelts, door handles, and gear shifts. When you do stop to get gas, after touching pumps make sure to clean your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer.

4. Pack smart. 🧳

Now that we don’t have any Packing limits, from flying or other transportation,

we tend to get overzealous with packing since we can just “shove it all in the car.” The smarter thing would be to avoid packing your car to the brim with things you probably don’t need.

In addition to must-have clothes, shoes and undergarments, bring essentials like snacks, bottled water, medications and products to keep hands and surfaces sanitized like disinfecting wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disposable gloves and plastic bags.

To save space, try stacking several plastic organizing drawers in the trunk for your clothes rather than suitcases; or stick to malleable duffel bags. Smaller suitcases or packing cubes. Combine Boys and Girls Toiletries Bag. Only one person will probably be able to go in the bathroom at a time, so only one cube with your necessities is necessary. Keeping in mind to Sanitize after each use.

5. Rest stop savvy.

At various points in the trip, you’ll find yourself in need of a rest stop, whether to get gas⛽️, buy food 🥘, or use the restroom🚽. Wear a mask in public spaces 😷, and remember that when using public restrooms, good hygiene is key. Wash you hands with hot water and soap after using the bathroom, and avoid touching any surfaces like the faucet or door handle once you’ve cleaned your hands (use a paper towel if necessary). If there’s no soap in the bathroom, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you need to pump gas, try to wear disposable gloves 🧤 rather than touch the pump ⛽️ and use hand sanitizer after you are finished. Finally, pay for anything you purchase with a credit card to insure a no-contact experience 💳 .

6. Healthier road-trip friendly foods.

Pre-pack meals, snacks and drinks so that you can minimize the number of stops you make at public rest stops. Bring high-protein snacks like nuts, energy bars and cheese sticks — they’ll keep you feeling full for longer.

Pro tip: It wouldn’t hurt to bring a cooler if you’ve got the room. There are even coolers/warmers that you can plug into the car.

7. Bring these road trip must-haves.

Do. Not. Forget:

  • Sanitation. Face masks, disinfecting wet wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and a roll of toilet paper and paper towels.

  • Chargers 🔌 The lifeblood of any (successful) trip. Have one for the car and a portable one to bring around with you.

  • Sunglasses and Eyeglasses. 😎 Have you ever tried staring into the sun while driving? Not good!

  • Ear candy. 🎶 Radio signals will go in and out, so have a variety of audiobooks, podcasts, and premade music playlists. Make sure that you have a phone adapter to plug into your car beforehand. Don’t forget your earphones. 🎧

  • Trash bag. A simple plastic bag will do, but you can cleverly MacGuyver a spill- and smell-proof trash container by lining a plastic cereal container with a plastic bag.

  • Emergency plans. Make sure you have resources you need for emergency roadside assistance, spare tires, and an emergency medical kit. What Roadside contact plan do you have? Contact number and membership info should be readily available. Just in case.

  • Please make sure you notify at least one person about your trip plans.

Planning and having these things will pay off in spades when you’re finally on the road. Once all is set, don’t forget to Click It, so no Ticket!! 💺

Have a Safe adventure!

Ms Trish

Remember: A change of latitude will help with your attitude.

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”We’re so thankful she was able to come and was so blessed by her visit. The Ark Encounter (and the Creation Museum) are unique in the world and truly give you a glimpse into biblical history you can’t find anywhere else.” Mr. Ken Ham from The Ark and Creation, also CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis.


I visit a lot of people and places, near and far, and people acknowledge my presence and time with them in different ways. I usually Talk and Write about My visits and Experiences. But this is my First time seeing a write up about MY visit. This Really Blessed me!! I had to share a Blogger Blogging about Me!

Proverbs 18:16 talks about...

“A person's gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.”

I’m so Thankful and Blessed for this added Chapter of my Journey.



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Are you ready to get away to your next getaway? Ready to take all the information that has been provided to you, about road trips, and put it all into action? If you’re anything like Me, the travel bug is biting. Have no fear, Ms Trish is here. I was waiting for two things before I could think about an escape. One was clearance from my doctors on my illness and injury. I received the report that I needed to make travel plans. The other great news was seeing that some major attractions were reopening in different parts of the country. I was set, but where would I venture off to? I wanted a short, under seven hours, Road Trip. A place I hadn't traveled to before and a place that would be worth me traveling by car, during a pandemic. Safety was my top priority.

While strolling through Facebook, I saw a post that The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum had reopened after being closed for three months. Reading all the comments had me immediately thinking about how This could be the place for me. I had plans to travel there with our church before corona, but illness put my plans on delay. Delay, not Denial. I knew this was a place that I would have to experience for myself.

There is so much that I would like to tell you about this trip, and I will try to keep it short, but detailed enough for you to decide if this destination should make your bucket list. Go with me as I take a cautious, corona breather to two separate attractions. Buckle Up!

My initial plans were for a family trip, with my two sons and my grandson, but I had to make some quick plans for only my BabyBoy, Preston, to travel with me on this adventure. I contacted The Ark customer service so I could get details on corona safety, the best days and times to visit, and any details that would help make this a successful experience for us. I wanted to see both attractions, The Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter.

First - Customer Service Assistance was awesome, Fast, and Friendly. All my questions and concerns, Everything was addressed. I felt like our visit was just as important to them as it was to us.

I explained to my son that I had never been here before, and we would take our time and experience this together. We decided on a midweek trip, Tuesday-Thursday/Friday. Our Map App showed that the Creation was about 6 1/2 hours, 430 miles from our Wisconsin location. The Ark is about 40 minutes from the Creation. We left early and had a nice trip.

Note: - There is a time zone difference in Kentucky (Eastern).

I had read and been told that if you plan on seeing both attractions, you would want to plan for about 4-5 hours at both places. We planned to split it up in two days. We rested at a Marriott on our arrival day and decided to see how things would work out for the next couple of days.

First Stop - The Creation Museum -


Our day started early and once you walk through the Scenic garden and landscape, you walk inside this Beautiful Museum. I didn’t get a chance to see as much as I would have liked to outside because it was raining a little. I could have walked the Beautiful Botanical Gardens for hours alone. We picked the perfect time because there wasn't a lot of people. Guest associates were very friendly and helpful. Employees and Guests were All in masks.

What is the Creation Museum? Do you remember reading and studying the Bible stories about Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark? The events that happen the first seven days when God created this wonderful world for us. Then there's the Seven C’s, from the Creation to the Consummation. Well, the inventors and masterminds at The Creation Museum have brought those stories to life. Even though you know that all this is just statues and man-made artifacts placed out so we could use our imagination to journey back in time, if you know and Believe what you have learned for years, this is an amazing little walk through some of the Bible. Someone really thought all this out and I would suggest to you to....Prepare to Believe!

This 75,000 square foot facility has so much to enjoy; planetarium, special effects movie theater, exhibits, cafeteria and so much more.

With ALL the pictures and writing that I could give you, I still can’t come close to showing just how amazing this was to me. We got a chance to take a good view of almost Everything, that weather permitted. We finished at a good time and I was excited to see more. Time and Circumstances had been in our favor thus far. So we carefully rushed

over to explore more. The Ark could not wait for another day.

The Ark Encounter


The Sister Attraction to the Creation is the Ark Encounter, again, it is located about 40 minutes from The Creation. If you plan on seeing them both, I would suggest the Creation first.

What is The Ark Encounter? Please do not confuse this Ark with one of Wisconsin Attractions, Noah Ark Water park.

Think about the story of Noah, his family, his Faith, the animals, and the Ark. If you don't remember it too well, read about it in Genesis. Now, Imagine everything. This Encounter is...

Bigger Than Your Imagination!

We made our way to the Ark, and I was so excited to see this that I didn't want to pause to eat lunch. I wasn't concerned about eating or the heavy rain that was now surrounding us. Besides, What better weather to have for our adventure. How can you really Imagine the Ark without Imaging the rain? We were told they ordered the special effects of rain just for us. I told you, awesome customer service. They took care of every detail. For health and safety reasons, I had a motorized wheelchair, so I was Ready!

I finally had my eyes on this realistic replica of Noah's Ark and even in the rain, this was AMAZING to Me!!!

This full-size Noah’s Ark was built 5 years ago in 2014-2016 and opened in 2016. A much shorter time than Noah and his crew's project. It was built according to the dimensions given in the Bible and it was Huge! The Ark stretches one-and-a-half football fields long and rises as high as a seven-story building. The creator, Mr. Ken Ham, said in one of his interviews, ”The reason for building the ark was not as an entertainment center. It's not like a Disney or Universal, just for anyone to go and have fun. It’s a religious purpose. It’s because we’re Christians and we want to get the Christian message out.” In my opinion, Mission accomplished.

Just like our visit to the Creation, we were here on a perfect day. There was no massive crowd so we could comfortably move through this encounter. The Ark houses three levels of exhibits with stories and animals and video presentations. There are snacks and plenty of restrooms available. We had a delicious buffet meal right across from the Ark, at the Emzara’s Kitchen.

In my travels, I have been a lot of places and seen a lot of faces, but I was so grateful for being in this place. I traveled to Jerusalem for my birthday one year. I got baptized in the Jordan River, my Holy Land experience was my Best trip. You can read about it in my Blog. I really thought there would not be anything, anywhere that would top that trip. But, the Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter came very close. It allowed me to bring the words from the Bible and all the teaching I have had since as far back as I can remember, to life.

Thanks for Opening the Door to more understanding.

Thank you, Mr. Ken Ham and all your Supporters and Staff for bringing this vision to us. Special Thanks to Mark, Sam, and Leann. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, ”I'll be back!” with all my family.

Your Ark adventure starts and ends at their Answers Center. My son and I were the last two guests to leave. We took it all in. The bus took us back to our car and for miles and days, I talked about this trip. If I was going to take a chance on leaving during a pandemic, this was worth every mile.

Safe Travels & Blessings,


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Thank you so much for stopping by. My name is Patricia, but you can call me Trish. I’m a midwestern girl with a southern soul. I’m a woman of God with the determination of a winner.


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