Roadtrip Shenanigans Part 2!
- Ok first things first. Food. Who cooks? Gotta be some nights when they’re out in the middle of nowhere/can’t stop or just in general Ford vetoing eating out every night.
Though they have to be careful and keep an eye on Mabel - she keeps trying to add ingredients when they’re not looking.
(Mostly Stan because he’s found out that given the right wording Ford will agree to Mabel’s experiments.)
Unfortunately, as Stan knows already from their sailing - Ford makes good food when he doesn’t get distracted by something more interesting than cooking.
…Lots of things are more interesting than cooking.
It doesn’t take long into their first ‘no we’re not eating at a diner’ night for Ford to pop out of the RV with a sudden change of heart.
“You win. How about we eat out instead?”
“No reason! I-I mean we are on holiday, after all… right?”
Stan doesn’t believe it for a second.
He waits until the kids are asleep though to tease him.
“So… no reason at all for going out for dinner tonight?”
“Huh? No, I already said that. We- uhh- we deserved it-”
“Uh-huh? So it had nothing at all to do with scribbling in your journal when you shouldn’t have been or something?”
“…” (It was actually looking through the photos Dipper had got of the last cryptid they’d encountered but pointing that out would be a victory for Stan.)
“So, how burnt was it exactly?”
“Well, I think it could still be classed as edible but I thought the kids might not agree with- Stan, stop laughing! You’re gonna wake them!”
(Alternatively there is no conversation. Stan doesn’t realise. And instead the next morning there’s a confused Grunkle looking around the kitchenette. “Sixer? Where’s the pan?” “Pan? What pan?”)
Suffice to say - it might be safer if they don’t cook all that much. Or together. Together is good. You think they’d know that by now.
- Almost every possible seating arrangement = mayhem.
♥ Ford driving with Dipper sat next to him with the map seems like a winning combination if they’re both determined to get them to their destination. In fact they’re the best at navigating and keeping to Ford’s route (though Stan and Mabel would disagree on this being a good outcome). But the problem is that the other two sat behind them go out of their way to be the biggest distraction they can be- or in which Stan will do anything Mabel asks without hesitation.
♥ Ford driving with Mabel’s map skills also works for a time- but Mabel is more likely to point out interesting things that catch her eye instead of the turns their meant to be taking quite early on, or start chattering away to Ford about something completely different and just add on a ‘oh, that was the turning’ after the fact.
♥ Stan driving with Mabel leads to really out of the way stops when Mabel points out places on the map nearby that make them curious and Stan turns the RV around without a thought. This gets worse and more deliberate if the nerdy chatter from Ford and Dipper behind them gets too much for them.
They may or may not make it into a game at those points to see how long it takes for one of the two in their excitement notices they’re no longer on route.
♥ Stan driving with Dipper actually works out better than most of the above. Though that all depends on Stan listening to Dipper and not just doing what he fancies doing instead. And that usually depends on how rigidly they’ve been following Ford’s route up until that point. He’s got to stick to that goal after all.
♥ Ford driving with Stan throughout the day doesn’t really work either. As soon as the kids distract Stan (almost instantly) he stops helping out with the map. Stan driving with Ford telling him where to go also quickly breaks down into Stan coming up with arguments for amazing diversions nearby instead of doing as he’s told.
♥ The only times it’s not mayhem would probably be when the kids are asleep or just starting to drift off. Ford behind the wheel and Stan softly chattering to get the kids to sleep and to keep Ford awake. He keeps them on track then, it’s easier (and probably safer).
Just peaceful moments when Stan’s too tired to push Ford’s buttons. The whirlwinds are finally crashing out and whenever Ford glances over Stan’s staring back into the RV with a soppy smile on his face watching the little terrors finally wear themselves out.
…Ford most definitely teases him for looking so sappy in those moments.
Stan can’t quite bring himself to argue, settling for a ‘like you’re any different’.
- Matching roadtrip sweaters! Mabel makes them on the first day and dons one instantly with Ford following suit.
Dipper and Stan try but they can’t wear them for long- it’s just too warm in the little space.
Dipper may or may not write down a journal entry on how his sis and Grunkle can stand to be that warm, it’s just not right. (How do they do it? Another Pines family mystery!)
Mabel might also make sweaters for the end of the trip too - each with a unique design as a reminder of different things each family member did.
- They pick up obnoxious bumper stickers wherever they end up. Two of course - one for the RV and one for the scrapbook Mabel’s making.
“So we got this sticker while we were being chased by the griffon, and this one when we accidentally stumbled into a fairy ring…’ Every single sticker has a story and everyone bar the Pines worries that they are weirdness magnets because how on earth do you fill up a scrapbook of different cryptids of one road trip how.
- There are also a lot of candid photos in the scrapbook. Singalongs and silly soppy smiles when they think the others aren’t looking. Proper all out laughter and leaning on one another to stay upright. Passionate arm waving and excited conversations. Half asleep confusion and pranking one another.
So. Many. Candids.
All the happy fun times, all the infectious glee and bright eyed happiness.
- The kids have to bring their homework with them - parents orders. And Ford tries to make sure they get it out of the way early whereas Stan thinks they should leave it til the end.
Ford therefore gets the job of helping while Stan drives.
…Stan shouts out the answer from the front when they’ve been puzzling over it for too long.
- Stan tries to use Stanbucks wherever they go even though they have money to spare.
Ford can’t decide if it’s ridiculous or impressive. “They have you face on them!”
…He never knows quite what to think when Stan succeeds.
- It’s not until they reach Gravity Falls that they hit a snag that really should have come up at the beginning of the journey.
Our favourite Gravity Falls sheriff and deputy pull them over as soon as they realise it’s the Pines family driving into town.
Ford doesn’t know it’s them. Ford has a sudden realisation.
“Shi- Stan, if they ask- you were driving.”
“What? Sixer? Why-”
“I’ll explain later!”
“No, nonono, you explain now. I have been letting you drive because you told me you knew how!”
“I do know how! But that doesn’t mean I exactly stayed anywhere long enough to need to prove that!”
“Oh for the love of - really, Ford? Really?”
“What? It was just another skill I picked up while I was running from Bill.”
“…Have you ever gotten a license? In any dimension?”
“What part of on the run did you not get?”
- Stan still lets him help drive back after the trip to Gravity Falls. He doesn’t really care that much, he’d just have liked to know before he let Ford take the wheel.
He just hopes the kids parents don’t find out.
- The trip ends just as it started, with the kids back home. The close quarters got a bit too close at points but, it was a good trip, another Pines family adventure and they kind of don’t want things to go back to normal just yet.
It’s the end of summer all over again.
“Hey, don’t give me those sad looks. You can always video call us, you know that.”
“Yeah! And besides, next time you’ll just have to come on a boat trip with us, now won’t you?”
After all, there’s always a next time.
A new adventure waiting.