I have been giddy all weekend, despite the stress of going to Heather's baby shower where Brian and I were pretty sure that at least half of the folks there actively didn't like us (family of his ex.). The coolest part was that all three of our daughters were there! It was great having them all in one place since they are now spread out from Connecticut to Seattle these days.
So...while Brian and I were driving down to Brighton, we talked about making a trip out to see Heather and Brent and the new baby at the end of July. Neither of us are interested in the stress of flying. So...we started to play with and idea.
The big news. Brian has agreed to a REAL VACATION
!!! Yes! A 9 day vacation ADVENTURE!!!!
We are going on a cross country driving adventure in a convertible! From Flint to Seattle through North Dakota on the way there. Seattle to Yellowstone and through South Dakota back to Michigan. We're not making reservations anywhere, choosing to find what we can when we're done driving for the day. 5,000 mile round trip. In a convertible!
We're also going to be doing this high tech! Brian will be hooking up his HAM radio and set up GPS tracking. So if you want to check in and watch our dot move across the country, you can. I don't know who's gonna want to, but I know that if any of my friends were hoofing it cross country, I'd love to look in on them from time to time. I love technology like this. I'll also be making photo posts along the way. I mean...if we stop by the world's largest ball of twine, I'm sure as hell gonna post the pic! I want to do a travelogue for fun.
When I was a kid, my parents and I used to travel out west every summer. I used to love those trips. Our destination was usually Colorado, but sometimes we'd have other destinations and by the age of 14, I had seen every state by car from Michigan down to Florida and every state to the west. If Brian and I enjoy this trip, we'll look at traveling the east coast next since most of those states are a mystery to us both.
I'm really giddy to be able to take Brian to Yellowstone since he's never been. I think it's an amazing area and can't wait to go back.
Right now, we're in the process of trying to gather information about places to check out along our routes. We don't want full day side trips, but we're completely open to doing a little exploring. We'll be going through the Badlands and the Black Hills areas, so I can't wait to revisit as an adult the places that thrilled me to see as a child. I adore vistas, mountain ranges and the stunning beauty of natural sites that make up the northern states.
I love that we have several months to plan and build our excitement. We haven't had a 'leave the state' for more than a weekend vacation in 8 years. The last major travel vacation we had was our cruise to Grenada and the leeward islands about 10 years ago. And since then, we've kept our vacations to places around Michigan and Ohio.
This one is going to be an adventure, not just a vacation. I need a hat.