Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our bags are packed

We're heading out bright and early tomorrow morning to get a good start on our summer vacation. The kids and I are driving cross country to the east coast (and back!), where my aunt has graciously invited us to join her for some beach time at the shore. From our neck of the woods, that's 1,800 miles each way. With lots of time on our hands this summer, we decided that driving would be a great opportunity to see some of our beautiful country. We've been so excited, planning our trip for months. It's hard to believe, it's finally here.

I made a lot of trips to the east coast when I was growing up. In the back of the conestoga station wagon with my three brothers, Pa at the reins wheel with Ma beside him, in her prairie skirt and bonnet Bermuda shorts and sunglasses. We played traveling Bingo with those little cards from the gas station, did the license plate game, and ate picnic lunches at rest stops and parks along the way.

This trip will be Luke and Em and myself in a 2002 Chevy van with AC! and a DVD player. We'll be visiting a few major league ballparks and an equal number of museums, including a few historical spots, such as the town where Dan's great-grandfather was a high school principal back in the day, and the National Air Force Museum to see the plane my dad was a crew member on during the Korean conflict.

The van is outfitted with new shocks and a couple new tires. Yesterday, the kids gave it the royal treatment, vacuuming and cleaning the interior, and giving the outside a good washing. The DVD player and cooler are plugged in and ready to go. The back of the van is packed with everything we'll need including snacks, drinks for the cooler, beach gear, baseball gear, books and videos. There's just enough room for the overnight bags that will go in tomorrow morning. (I have to say, it's been quite liberating to not have to weigh our bags or, even worse, have to cram everything into a carry on, measuring out shampoo and body lotion in little bottles that fit into a baggie. There are some advantages to being your own travel company!)

My plan is to post some pictures and updates, so we'll have a little journal of our trip when we get back. Dan will be holding down the fort at home, until the last few days when he'll meet us for part of the drive back. We miss him already:( But with the wonder of technology, we'll be talking to him on our cell phones, sharing our experiences along the way. The weeks will fly by before we know it, I'm sure.

Watch out, America, the Griswolds are back!

10 comments:

Becky said...

Oh my goodness that sounds like fun. I hope you are in no hurry, seeing and doing all along the way. Sounds like that is the plan.

The trip you described from when you were a child is the kind I remember. My boys are old enough that they still talk about "traveling cross country in the back of a Honda Civic without air conditioning". And that is true. Poor kids.

We never had a DVD or even a VCR in the car. Those were the days :)

Have fun. Be safe. Keep us posted.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

That sounds like so much fun!! It reminds me of our summer vacation treks when I was a kid. I recently bought my kids a set of those car bingo games, but they would rather watch a DVD...I guess times have changed! LOL!

Be safe and can't wait for the pictures and updates.

Xandra

Melissa said...

Your trip sounds like it will be so much fun. I can't wait to read all about it.

Enjoy!

Melissa

gail@more than a song said...

That sounds like such fun! Y'all will have a great time....dvd players are nice to have while traveling. We did a 6000 mile driving trip one summer and had a blast, I know you'll love it all!
Can't wait to hear all about it.

Joanne said...

Sounds like an amazing journey ahead of you, kind of all American with those major league baseball games thrown into the mix! Have a wonderful vacation ...

diana said...

how fun! i think road trips are great vacations for families.

i come from an air force family and moved quite a bit. we would travel by car from place to place and that usually ended up being our summer vacation. but we'd make the most of it, playing those bingo and license plate games and stopping off at anything worth seeing.

have a great trip and i look forward to hearing about it your day by day adventures.

Jen said...

So much fun to follow you....have fun....

Susanne said...

I love road trips and checking out stuff like museums and cool stops along the way. Have a wonderful time!

Bill said...

Oh, how I love a long road trip! Your childhood memories sound similar to mine. Why stop & buy lunch, when Mom could pack an elaborate picnic? Now I can appreciate all the hard work my mom had to do before we ever left the driveway.
Anyway, I'm catching up on your trip in the correct order, and now I'm moving on to your first day on the road...

Kim said...

I am so jealous! Seriously, I hope you have the time of your life. This is what memories are made of. :)
*smiles*
Kim