010Having a three-week vacation was a real treat to our family. The plan was to drive from Virginia to California and back and enjoy as much of the trip as possible. Our Dodge Caravan was prepped and ready, suitcases were packed, the GPS was programmed, and the six of us embarked on the big adventure. Having seen the movie Cars, we determined to cruise Route 66, see the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, and lots of attractions that were off the beaten path. Oh yeah, and keep it affordable for a limited budget with no credit card use.