I got home from storytime at the library with Kaitlyn to find my husband with various diagrams and lists and maps spread in front of him at the kitchen table. I knew what this was in an instant. This was a pitch. I was getting pitched. And it’s a doozy alright.
Let me jump to the end of the story. As of noon today we have gone from a family with no real vacation plans for the summer, to a family planning a 16 day car trip to points west. Oh, and we leave in less than a month.
I need some help. Some of you think I mean of the mental variety, and you could be right, but here is what I am specifically looking for help with now.
- A tent – One of those jazzy numbers with multiple rooms and ultra-lightweight construction so it folds really small is nifty, but ANY tent is better than the one we have, which is no tent. Do you or a friend have one we could borrow? Rent?
- Suggestions – Have you been to Yellowstone/Grand Canyon/Vegas/Mt. Rushmore? Have you travelled long distances in a car with preschoolers? Have you been camping? I need suggestions for things to see/do, there and on the way, with an eye towards frugality (though hot air ballooning across the Grand Canyon sounds awesome) and feasibility (no Vegas shows with a four year old, I fear).
- Prayers – We could stay at hotels more. I can use a AAA guide and internet searches. But if you think I can make it 2-1/2 weeks cross-country with two preschoolers and no prayers, well, I’ll just tell you you’re wrong. That’s not even counting the prayers of making it through the abbreviated planning period. How my husband thinks we can just wash clothes once is beyond me, and I’m already getting discouraged looking at campsites.