Now that I am a grown up, road trips have taken a turn for the worse. First, if I am not crammed in a car with friends who will talk to me, I apparently do not like to travel. I am also now chief guardian to a child who doesn't like to travel either. Nevertheless, all three Carvers set out on our road trip home for Christmas a few weeks ago. Just like in my college days, we brought along some good music to listen to - the soundtrack from the movie "Hoot". I can safely say we loved it the first 100 times we listened to it, now it is a little old. But Alex loves it, and it makes him happy. We thought Alex might sleep in the car, so we planned on leaving at 4:00 am. Important note: this would be the time we would normally get back from a college road trip. To save money, we packed a cooler and lots of snacks. Since some things never change, our road trip was also filled with unexpected detours. Picture yourself in the back seat of a Hundai Santa Fe. The back is filled with suitcases and Christmas gifts. Here is what your trip would have looked like:
Day One - leave Florida at 4:00 am
4:41 - Drag Alex out of bed and take him to car in pj's. Alex squeals with delight, "are we going to Grandma's?"
4:42 - (Me to DH) "Did you put the lunch meat in the cooler?" - Turning around and returning to house.
4:46 - Leaving our town only 46 minutes behind schedule.
5:02 - Alex is not sleeping. He grabs my face with his hands. "Look hun, it says five, zero, two," pointing to the clock.
5:03 - Alex again grabbing my face, even more excited, "Look honey, it says five, zero, three!."
5:28 - Alex says, "Mom, look is says five, two, eight. I miss Grandma. I want to go see her."
That day of travel only took us 16 hours.
Day Six - leave Indiana at 10:00 am
Our trip to Illinois was much shorter, only four hours, and we actually left on time. Alex spent most of his time taking pictures. Here is my favorite.
7:44 - backing out again.
10:17 - finally found a Starbucks inside a Kroger!!
12:18 - Metropolis, Illinois - we must visit large superman statue. It is, after all, only three miles from the rest area.
1:17 - Somewhere in western Kentucky, we catch a girl named Shishi on 100.3 - the Beaver.
1:20 - Hoot CD - again!
All in all, we were really pleased with how well Alex did in the car. It was a long trip, but a great trip.