It’s about that time of year again to make one of the two or three trips a year back to my hometown in Nevada for a visit. People ask me all the time if I miss Nevada, miss the mountains, and miss the desert.
While I do miss something, it’s not the mountains, the desert, or even the state itself. However, with that said, I do miss my family. Having worked for the family business and living across the street from my parents, to go from seeing them everyday to about 6 weeks out of the year is not fun—especially, when I now have two kids asking almost daily to go see Papa and Grandma. 😦
Yes, there is nothing like little voices asking those words that is more of a punch to the gut.
Not to mention, every few months the cravings for hometown food and seeing old faces just sort of eggs on those pesky little “it’s time” thoughts, and I immediately want to start packing the car.
Yes, car. For those of you who don’t know, I don’t fly. I just don’t fly. Unless of course, I absolutely have to, like when I had to go for a couple of business trips when I was still working. Or, if we were to ever go on a vacation out of the country, I would have to, but if I can drive there, I will drive. No matter the distance, even if it was the lowest tip of Florida to the farthest tip of Alaska. I would drive.
I love driving. Sure, it’s not fun 100% of the time, but there is just something about seeing the sites when you are driving down the open road. Of course, my trip from Oklahoma to Reno goes through some of the most boring terrain, it’s still interesting to me to see different places. Not to mention, driving allows my kids to see things they wouldn’t from an airplane. Each trip takes 3 days of driving each way, 3 days there, and 3 days home. I could push it to 2 if I really wanted, which I might try this time, but I haven’t really decided. We shall see as the trip draws near.
While I know there will be moments in this trip where I will wish I wasn’t in the car, I know, just as with every trip, it will be full of also fun times.
Not to mention, having made this trip already several times in the last seven years, I’ve learned a bunch of tricks to help make the ride smoother. Velcro curtains to block the sun, a cooler and food bin full of healthy food and snacks so we aren’t eating junk, paper plates and plastic utensils so we can eat in the car, the umbrella stroller so I’m not having to corral a toddler in public restrooms and gas stations, portable DVD players, books for them and audio books (a big one in our family is the Harry Potter series. Seriously, if you’ve never heard it how Jim Daily reads it, you are missing out!), lap trays for coloring, and the biggest helper of them all…..
…giant suckers that keep them happy in those last hours of a long day, where if we just pushed it, without stopping, we could be in the hotel room before we know it.