Family Travel: The Easy Riders

How one family (the writer's) exploits technology to keep the peace on its annual summertime trek

It's drive time at the O'Malley household. About now, perhaps as you're reading this, my wife Nancy and I are in the van heading north on I-95 with our three children (ages 3 to 10) on our annual trek to Grandma's house in New Jersey--a kiddie cosmos away from our home in South Florida. And we won't stop there. Gluttons for punishment...er, family togetherness, we'll soon leave Grandma's and head for the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the rocky coast of Maine. And we love it. Except for the parts we don't.

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