The joy of the vacation comes only after the packing of the car. Which is what I am about to do for our family trip to San Diego. Generally I like to pack all the bags… fit the kids in… pack more bags around them… get the car going with movie and earphones… and then my wife I close the doors, go back inside the house and have a nice long breakfast before leaving. (Ha! Just kidding!) I have often said that you measure time when driving cross country with the kids in dog years… every hour equals seven hours. But in this case we will be moving from 110 degrees to 70 degrees so the trip will be ‘lighter’.