I appreciate the guest post, Lindsay Valdez

What better way to get the family together and enjoy a day of fun and bonding then the day trip. There are many exciting places to go right in your own backyard and each state has its own unique appeal. Whether it is a day at the beach, a day at the river, or a day in the mountains, the day trip is the perfect getaway.

It begins like any vacation or trip begins with planning where to go and what the family would enjoy. Next comes the preparation or logistics if you will and these include: taking water and food, the proper clothes, maybe a first-aid kit, cell phone, and a small toolkit in case of a breakdown. The final thing that must be done is to turn on your home security cameras before leaving the house. It might be a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

My family loves the mountains and the adventure and beauty they bring. We live in the state of Colorado in the Denver metropolitan area next to the Rocky Mountains. One of our favorite drives is the drive up to Mount Evans. Mount Evans is one of the fourteeners (mountains with peaks towering over 14,000 feet) and the road up to the top of the mountain is one of the more exciting scary drives in the state. The last several miles of the trip the road narrows to where you can look on either side and see nothing but sky. Finally when you get to the top, the view is breathtaking. You can see the entire state of Colorado and Kansas.