Let’s play a game!

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My phone beeped for the hundredth time today. I tried to check my it discretely so as not to be rude to my grandparents, but it was from Danielle and I just had to see what she said!

“so the vlogbrothers play this game called cows whenever they’re on the road… you and Rachel should try it :)”

(For those of you who don’t live on the internet, the Vlog Brothers are two adult brothers – John & Hank Green – with a wildly popular YouTube channel.)

I laughed out loud. Danielle is convinced that, even though I’m not an avid watcher of the Vlog Brothers videos, I am what they call a NerdFighter. That is, a nerd who fights world suck. Anyways… moving on.

I showed Rachel and my grandparents the text. We soon found out that the game is played like this:

  • See (a) cow(s).
  • Call COW.
  • Earn points.
  • Most points = winner.

While that is an honorable and awesome game, I don’t want to lie in the shadows of such giants as John & Hank Green. I told Rachel we should invent our own game for our trip to keep you posted with!

We all laughed and went on with lunch. (A shout out and THANK YOU to my grandma and grandpa for a fantastic lunch and a really fun time! Also: Happy Birthday Grandma!)

Then, we left my grandparents to go and see Rachel’s aunt and uncle in Pasadena.

As we drove, Rachel was pensive and quiet. Suddenly, she hit me in the leg and yelled “TIRE!”

“…What?” I asked.

Another pause.

“TIRE!” she yelled again as she punched my leg again. “This can be our new game. Whenever someone… anyone… sees a tire, they call it out and I can hit you in the leg.”

I stared at her incredulously. “That’s not fair.”

“Hold on. I will come up with rules to make it fair.”

I could tell by the expression on her face she was trying to design rules that would sound legit, but would actually be totally unfair at my expense.

“You’re just trying to think of rules that will sound legit, but will be totally unfair at my expense,” I voiced my theory out loud, and was totally proven right by the smirk on her face.

“….no…..” but even she couldn’t hide the obvious unfairness cooking up in her head.

The Moral of the Story: What’s your favorite travel game?

After all that, we came to a conclusion. We need a travel game.

I’d prefer it to be original, but honestly it could be just some super awesome game you play. I’m calling out to learn your favorite travel games.

…Maybe it’s one you and your family made up on a crazy trip that you never talk about.

…Maybe it’s an age-old game that we’ve never heard of because we live under a rock.

OR, you could help us invent a brand new game… right here, right now.

Leave a comment on the blog: What’s your favorite travel game?

Over and out.

Anne

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P.S. We take our first uber-long drive out to Arizona pretty soon, so leave your game ideas SOON!

— Written on Saturday, Jan 21st

7 Responses to Let’s play a game!

  1. Rachel says:

    TIRE! *pow*

  2. Laura says:

    We are trying to collect ideas for you…..

  3. Julie says:

    Hey, hope you all are enjoying your first long leg of the road trip…Arizona, right? I enjoyed the Sajuaro Cactus (the ones that look like they have arms growing out of their sides)

    Anyhow, here’s a game:
    1) SEE A WORD OR A PHRASE ON A BILLBOARD, TRUCK OR ROAD SIGN
    2) SPELL AS MANY WORDS AS YOU CAN
    3) LONGEST WORD WINS!

    I remember this game from traveling with my Scrabble-Playing cousins. I won with the word ABALONE !

  4. Julie says:

    oopss…should have said;
    2) USING THE SAME LETTERS, SPELL AS MANY WORDS AS YOU CAN !

  5. Julie says:

    MORE THINGS TO DO ON THE ROAD:

    SEE HOW MANY TRUCKERS YOU CAN GET TO HONK THEIR BIG-RIG AIR HORNS BY PUMPING YOUR FIST IN THE AIR (MAKE SURE YOU’RE GOING FASTER THAN THEY ARE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE WEIRDO’S…)

    “SLUG-BUG”—-SLUG YOUR PARTNER WHEN YOU SEE A VW BUG!…DON’T FORGET TO SHOUT “SLUG BUG!”

    “CRUISER-BRUISER”—SLUG YOUR PARTNER WHEN YOU SEE A PT CRUISER (OK, THAT WAS DUMB…I JUST MADE THAT ONE UP)

    OH, DON’T FORGET TO GET OUT OF THE CAR AND TAKE PICTURES OF YOURSELVES UNDERNEATH EVERY “NOW ENTERING_______” STATE LINE CROSSING

  6. Rachel says:

    Haha, I like your cruiser-bruiser invention! I think we’ll definitely try the first one you mentioned though – I love Scrabble :) We can call it ABALONE JULIE :D

  7. Rocky says:

    Alphabet Game

    How to play: Logically,Alphabet Game starts with A. Be the first person to spot the letter “A” in a sign and yell out the word: “A is in motorwAy!” Continue with B and get right through to Z. It sounds easy, but there will be a few tricky letters, and if you’re playing in a non-English speaking country then pronouncing the words will be a lot of fun, too. The way we play, there’s no winner – anybody can scream out the next letter when they see it – but natural competitiveness spurs everybody on anyway.