It’s been a long time since we’ve hit the road for a classic Parks family roadtrip. We get excited to take these trips and we talk about them for years afterwards. Our favorite family memories take place somewhere in the midwest or in a national park or even just in the suburban with some antics going on. When retelling our stories and looking at pictures one might think that we are good at planning these trips and have good systems in place to get us all out the door. One might think that we are thoughtful about our plans and put a lot of effort towards a quality family vacation.
But those thoughts are very wrong.
We’re horrible at planning ahead. We arrive at destinations and find out that one child has no shoes packed. Or no shirts. We don’t think twice about reserving hotel rooms while on the road when we know our timing. We are often calling around a day or two ahead of leaving searching for dog boarding. And it's not uncommon for us to switch up routes midway through the trip. We aren't proud of this, in fact we're a little embarrassed by it. I think we just get overwhelmed with having to make so many decisions and committing to a time frame and reservations. Spontaneity is our strength and honestly I think we are at our best in spontaneous moments. But, it can make the 24 hours before we leave a little dicey.
So, driving down the street today and heading out of town is a huge accomplishment:
Our house is locked up.
All six of us are in the car, and everyone has shoes!
We found someone to watch Duke and he is delivered.
We have a sort-of plan for the week!
We have reservations for tonight and tomorrow night
(and good ideas for the nights after)!
We are on the road!