Road Trips Down Memory Lane
Some of our best personal memories revolve around family road trips.
National Geographic’s book, Drives of a Lifetime – 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips, inspires us to get on the road (or in the air) to make future travel memories, with a collection of so many tremendous trips, but it also conjures vivid memories of road trips in our past.
Members of the Eclipse team have shared some favorite memories of road trips below, and hope you will share yours with us too by emailing your story to firstname.lastname@example.org, which we will share at the bottom of this page.
Our Team’s Most Memorable Road Trips:
Gene R. Lock
Chairman/CEO & Partner
My most memorable road trip was a two week, 600+-mile drive on the Trans-Canada Highway from Vancouver, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta, with my wife and two daughters.
We spent a week seeing the sights in Vancouver (Stanley Park, Gastown, China Town, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island and more) followed by driving to Horseshoe Bay and then riding a ferry to Victoria Island, where we visited Butchart Gardens, considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Then on to Kelowna (Hwy 97 off Trans-Canada), which is the Napa Valley of West Canada (We may have bought some wine!) and located on the huge Okanagan Lake, with boasts its own Loch Nest Monster named Ogopogo Monster. Back on the Trans-Canada Highway, we drove to the stunning Lake Louis and Banff National Park.
Your timing will be perfect if you complete your journey in Calgary, which we did, during the Calgary Stampede, a world-renowned rodeo!
Christopher D. McClung
President & Partner
In July 1982, my mom drove my younger brother and I (I was 4 at the time!) from Myrtle Beach up the coast to meet my dad for a week of family time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which is one of my greatest, and earliest, road trip memories.
As road trips with young children tend to go, the start of the trip wasn’t much fun until we got to board a large ferry in Swan Quarter, NC. I’m sure the ferry ride, which took us out to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and scenery were great, but what I remember as a typical boy was obsessing over a DeLorean parked on the main level of the ferry, with its gull-wing doors and stainless-steel finish.
When the ferry ride ended, and the DeLorean drove away, we started our drive up N.C. 12, which included another short ferry ride from Ocracoke Island to Hatteras Island, where we stopped to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – the first lighthouse I had ever seen. Our drive continued north, following the ocean’s edge through the Outer Banks. I remember the natural beauty of the sand dunes, marshes, and ocean, and the novelty of crossing the multiple bridges along the way.
The last thing I remember on that trip, before seeing my dad waving to us from the porch of the beach house, were the huge sand dunes and awesome hang gliders at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. We later visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where the first powered airplane flight occurred in 1903. Following that trip, we visited the Outer Banks each of the following eight years, moving a bit farther north with each trip, from Kill Devil Hills to Kitty Hawk to Southern Shores to Duck to Corolla, where we spent four years vacationing on the sparsely populated beaches with wild horses that still roam free.
Kent M. Culverhouse A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B.
Principal Architect & Partner
My wife and I made a trip on the Trans-Andean Highway through Chile and Argentina by bus in April of 2004.
We left the station in Santiago quite early and arrived in Mendoza, Argentina in the mid-afternoon. The day was crystal clear, and the scenery was spectacular! The Chile side of the assent was very steep, and one section of the highway had nearly 30 switchbacks.
I remember getting to the border and looking back down the mountain and being able to see every inch of the roadway we had just driven. The Chile side was well above the tree line and mostly barren. However, as we descended into Argentina, the mountains began to take on a more alpine-like feel and the snow-capped peaks of the high Andes came into view. In the distance, Aconcagua, the highest peak in the western hemisphere, was visible for a brief time. Mendoza is in the heart of the Argentine wine country, so we visited several beautiful wineries.
During our trip back, our bus made an abrupt turn-around and returned to Mendoza due to heavy snow at the border. Fortunately, we were able to catch a flight back to Santiago at the last minute and the bus company gladly refunded our $7.00 per person fare!
Sharon S. Morris
Executive Vice President & Partner
I love an old-fashion, family road trip out West. Three years ago, our family of 4 adults and 4 children greatly enjoyed the Trail of Ancients and Monument Valley.
Starting in Durango, CO, which is home to the Durango/Silverton Scenic Narrow-Gauge Train, which our boys loved, we took Highway 160 West to Mesa Verde National Park, which is one of 23 World Heritage Sites in the US and famous for cliff dwellings, spectacular views, and a very nice park lodge (Far View Lodge) and restaurant. We continued west to Four Corners, where our children were tickled about having a foot in four states at one time, and then on to Kayenta, AZ, a small desert town in the Navajo Nation, with a Hampton Inn, offering a family restaurant, a Navajo Museum, and a heated pool!
A short drive north on Highway 163 lead to the spectacular Monument Valley. Other than our visit to Grand Canyon later in the same trip, the Trail of the Ancients was our favorite part of a ten-day trip road trip that began in the Albuquerque and ended in Las Vegas, where we got a cheap flight home.