here and here.) Even as newlyweds, the Bionic Man and I used to jump in the car and see how far we could get before it was time to turn around and head back to school.
Since we've had children, the Bionic Man and I don't get into spontaneous roadtrips like we used to. Generally, we spend months preparing for our roadtrips: researching routes and destinations, planning stops and activities, putting together detailed itineraries, making reservations. Often, we depart for vacation with a thick binder that maps out all the details of our trip.
Our 2011 summer trips weren't going to be any different. We'd been planning a family trip to see our Connecticut friends and East coast sites for weeks. And Bionic Man had been prepping daily for a special backpacking adventure in Utah's Uintah mountain wilderness.
All that changed when we got the news that Bionic Man's grandmother had passed away. We made a last-minute decision to change all our vacation plans for the summer. Within 48 hours we were packed and on the road.
Whew! Can you believe that? That type of spontaneity is wildly uncharacteristic for us. I have to say that these three kids are largely responsible for getting us ready. They were such good helpers!
trip to Utah by car to visit our families. We just love our faithful Swagger Wagon. (The fact that we've done this before helped with the spontaneity issue.)
Here we are on Day 3 of the roadtrip. Everyone's enthusiasm for the adventure had diminished. We were all tired of driving. And Kansas. And granola bars. Seeing vistas like this one in the mountains outside of Denver helped a little.