Life is a highway for the Ovadia family of Cherry Hill | www.jewishvoicesnj.org | Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey: FAVORITE PLACES: Las Vegas for Ben; Alaska for Rosa; Salem Witch Museum for Daniel; and glaciers in Alaska for Ella.
The Ovadias, like many South Jersey families, are always on the go— balancing fulltime jobs with their two elementary-school aged kids’ myriad afterschool activities, synagogue and sleep. In October, since baby Gabriel was born, there is even more lovable madness in the mix.
So whenever they can string together a few free days, the Cherry Hill residents pack up their Honda Civic and take off to—as Simon and Garfunkel would put it—“look for America.”
In the name of family bonding, these road warriors logged more than 40,000 miles over 72 carefully planned days of driving through 49 states and one Canadian province in less than three years’ time. Spending on average 10 of each 24 hours in the car, they typically will budget $300 a day for these frugal adventures—and still have managed to experience key landmarks, including the magnificent Ice Hotel in Quebec, lunch in Seattle’s revolving Space Needle, a day in California’s Disneyland and a dip in hot springs during 26 whirlwind hours in Juneau, Alaska.