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Tailgate parties – The sizzling new American tradition
I imagine myself being asked, “Would you like to eat a picnic-style meal with a few friends in a parking lot, using your vehicle as the kitchen/shelter?” My reply in this situation would be, “I believe that I would not.” Or would I? Well, despite my surprise at how much people might enjoy and desire to engage in such an event, they do. They do very much. Having a tailgate party, or simply “tailgating”, is born of the needs and opportunities of the moment, and has arisen through the public consciousness into the strata of culinary efforts reserved for foodies.… Read More

Route 66 still kicks in cities across America
What one route through the U.S. is considered the ultimate drive for a classic American road trip? While the Pacific Coast Highway, Road to Hana, Lincoln Highway and Blue Ridge Parkway are popular choices, for sure Route 66 is in the mix. The Mother Road, as it’s also known, became the first road system to link Chicago to Los Angeles in 1938. Over the years this icon of asphalt has been idolized in movies, TV shows, songs and by many families during a road trip or out for a Sunday drive. People still do Sunday drives, right? Recently we participated… Read More

A TBT road trip to West Bend, Iowa
The phrase Throw Back Thursday (TBT) has become quite popular. People post old pictures online and “remember when.” Recently, my own version of TBT included a 13-hour road trip back in time. Little has changed in my hometown in the 25 years since I graduated from high school and moved away. Sure, they've added on to the school. Made some updates to the pool. A few new houses have been built. A few years back they even put in a stop sign with a flashing red light on Main Street (and I STILL forget to stop on occasion). But it's… Read More

Popular posts for August on Santander Consumer USA blog
Here are the most popular, shared posts from August on our Santander Consumer USA (SCUSA) blog, which we think you also will enjoy reading (see links below). "Consumer credit scores expected to rise with FICO changes,” good news for millions of Americans who seek to borrow money to finance the purchase of a new or used vehicle. Experts say the changes could result in scores “as much as 100 points higher” for some. “How I would shop for a new car (or used) in five easy steps” takes the reader from the earliest stage of selecting a vehicle through the… Read More

Road trip: Living large in the Lone Star State
Texas. A state known by many different identities and nicknames including The Lone Star State, The Banner State and the “Don’t Mess with Texas” state. This land of the longhorns also lays claim to being the place where everything is bigger. Evidence backing up this statement is easily found during one of the best ways to experience all Texas has to offer…a road trip. Cruising the many roadways, you’ll find the world’s largest honky-tonk (Billy Bob’s), world’s largest mechanical talking cowboy (Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas), world’s largest high-definition video board (Texas Motor Speedway), world’s largest caterpillar… Read More

10 essentials for a road trip back to that college campus
The middle of August marks the end of summer for college students and the annual road trip to campus. But before students get back to the land of parties, tailgating and (hopefully) homework, there is some packing to be done. No one wants to arrive on campus only to realize they left an essential sitting on their nightstand. While there are multiple student checklists on the Internet, most are aimed more toward the practical (shower caddy) than the truly important (wireless speakers). Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t forget when packing the car for the pilgrimage back to school.… Read More

Road trip: A Letter from Camp Rockmont
Being from Texas, I always thought that the Hill Country was pretty nice. The rolling slopes that pave the way between Waco and Austin seem like a big to-do when you’re used to the flatlands of Dallas. But the Hill Country is nothing compared to what awaited my son and me in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It was my nine-year-old son’s first sleep-away camp. He and a classmate registered to attend Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, near Asheville. I had done a little research on the camp, but didn’t really put any time into researching the area. I knew that… Read More

Road Trip: Beaucoup bats and battered dishes in Austin, Texas
Bats. Thousands of bats flew over my car as the Austin skyline materialized in front of me on I-35. After the bats welcomed me to Austin, it was only a short drive to my friend’s apartment near the west side of the University of Texas campus. I arrived at 9 p.m. on the dot, three and a half hours after I departed from Frisco, Texas. If you’re looking for a scenic drive with multiple lookout spots, I would not suggest the trip from Dallas to Austin. While there are beautiful sunflower fields and some surprisingly tasty Czech food along the… Read More

Road trip: A view from the top
I love the beach. I love summertime. But there is something so breathtakingly beautiful about the mountains…I can’t describe it. (And I’m a writer!) So, when I, a Texas girl, found a quaint Colorado cabin, about halfway up Pike’s Peak, I knew THAT was my summer retreat destination. Vacation week finally arrived and off I went, tackling the 781-mile drive that was mostly Texas. Relieved I made the decision to leave early and get there before sunset, I determined there was no way I could have found the cabin in the dark. Besides, the views were SPECTACULAR. It was a… Read More

A road trip to Destin, FL, white-sand beaches and seafood
Almost 12 hours, including stops. That was how long it took for the road trip part of our road trip to Destin, FL. Who was it that said getting there is half the fun? Obviously, they haven’t driven at night the nearly seven hours from Dallas to Shreveport and Lafayette, LA, then on to Baton Rouge. But the thought of our first vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast sustained four of us through the darkness. Starting at 11 p.m. on a Friday, we planned to be in Destin by 11 a.m. Saturday, in time for breakfast at Another Broken Egg… Read More