with apologies to George Thorogood...
My daughter & I are planning a little road trip over memorial day weekend and while online researching possibilities, I found this forum. I love a good road trip. When we plan a vacation, I get just as excited about the drive as I do the destination. When our family of 5 took a 2 week vacation and drove from Minneapolis to Oregon, I was in heaven.
Only one other family member shares my love of road trips and that is my 14 year old daughter. My wife and 2 sons enjoy the trips, but they don't get excited about the drive. So, for the trip we're planning (or not planning, as I'll get to below) for Memorial day weekend, it's just my girl and me.
It all started when I shared with my daughter the story of how my mom & I would take walks when I was a kid. We'd come to an intersection and we'd take turns deciding which way to go next...left, right, or straight ahead. Eventually we'd make it back home. Then we thought we should do that sometime in the truck, just wander about and see where the road takes us. Finally we found a weekend to do it, and it will be on Memorial Day.
So far the only thing we've planned is that we'll take off on Friday, May 28th, sometime around noon, and hope to get back home on Monday, May 31st, sometime around 5pm. True to our plans, we have not decided where we'll be going, but we have talked about how the trip will play out. We may truly randomly decide every turn, or we'll get in the truck on that Friday morning and decide on a general direction, but be open to change along the way, or we may even look at the forecast for the weekend and make sure we avoid anyplace that will be rainy. Whatever we do, the choice will be hers.
I'm torn between the spontaneity of our original intent and my usual penchant for planning the trip with an engineer's precision. After all, planning is part of the fun. I've fed my craving for planning by checking out mapping websites and determining what we can reasonably do depending on our direction of travel. So if she tells me to drive south, I'm thinking Arkansas. If she tells me to go east, then I'm thinking Michigan's UP. If we don't make it that far, or get side tracked, so what.
Next Friday can't come soon enough!