Saturday, June 2, 2007

Hitting the Road

Since I was young, I have loved travel. I love to actually travel and I love the idea of travel. Big trips, small trips, doesn't matter. I love a change of scenery and all that accompanies that. I love planning trips. Especially buying books about my destination. Oh, and I love to make lists. And plan. It's always been so fun. BEFORE kids, that is. I made a goal for myself upon graduating from high school, to see all 50 states by age 50. When I became a social worker for the state govt and realized what little time and money that left for travel, I decided I would make it my goal to see all 50 states by the time I'm...dead.

This summer marks two trips for our little family. Pretty good, since we've gone nowhere for the past 5 years. We're going with the kids to Colorado in two weeks, for my sister-in-law's picturesque mountain wedding. Then in July, to Wyoming for another friend's wedding. That trip will just be me and the hubs. Two very different trips, although the destinations are in near proximity to each other. Relatively speaking.

I'm starting to think ahead to these trips. We've got lodging planned. And mostly the itinerary is taken up by wedding stuff. So it's thinking about packing that I'm doing now. Packing myself and the kids for 5 days of fun. I've got to plan ahead for that. The strategic doing of the laundry, the digging out of the bags. I'm excited, but I'm not excited. Six hours one day, 4 the a car with a toddler boy who does well for about 90 minutes. Oh my.

Wish us luck!


Jenifer said...

Oh I love trips too! Any kind, any length and all that too. I love staying at hotels even for a night or two, it just feels like a getaway and everyone is relaxed and happy.

Have fun on your trips. We just did the very quick trip to Long Island and we have a cottage rented (with some friends) for a week in July. I have started a packing list on the laptop for the cottage, I am much better following my list.

nikkis30by30 said...

i agree with Jenifer.... even just a little trip to the hotel is nice. As the kids get older, travel is much more enjoyable. I agree with you, too. Travel is fun. Amen to getting out and seeing the sites!!

mum2brady said...

I've got 3 words for you- Portable DVD Player :) Hope your trips go well :)

We drive to Canada to visit my family about once a year, it's about a 15 hour drive, and we usually go straight through :) It's always an adventure :)

Have a wonderful time, and I can't wait to see pictures :)