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Road Trip

I could explain the reasons behind the road trip, but Quinn loves to do so. She’ll break it down for anyone who dares to ask or even pause long enough for her to begin her spiel:

“My Grandma Kristi was riding her bike, and she fell off it and bumped her head, and the doctors tried to fix it but they couldn’t so she died. So we’re going to her funeral. We don’t have enough money to fly on an airplane so we’re going to take! a! road trip!”

It’s remarkable how many taboo topics a five year old can get out in one breath, but when it comes down to it, she sums it up pretty accurately.

When I was little, a road trip was the two hour drive to my grandparents’ house. We always stayed the night because to drive two hours there and two hours back in one day was “too much.”

I’m laughing mirthfully at that thought now. Googlemaps tells me that our venture from Philadelphia to Rochester, MN, is about 1200 miles and eighteen and a half hours of driving. Now eighteen and a half hours in one day seems “too much” but ten hours one day and eight and a half the next seems “doable.”

Oh how things change.

The girls, who have no idea what this means, are ridiculously excited. Elsie practically begged me before bedtime to let her take a “short nap” so that we could get on the road as soon as possible. I think she might be singing a different tune tomorrow night, but who knows? Life and death can be surprising.


  1. Kristan wrote:

    :( about the reason for your road trip, even though the trip itself could be nice family time.

    You know, it would add a couple hours to your drive (according to Google Maps) but if you wanted to stay in Cincy as your halfway point, you could stay with us. We have a guest bedroom for you and Majka, and the girls could sleep on the sofa.

    (HAHA I should ask Andy before I make offers like that.) (But I didn’t.)

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Sonja wrote:

    Thanks so much for the offer! One of the things the girls are excited about is spending the night in a hotel, particularly one with a pool. So we’ve told them that is what is going to happen, and so it shall–at least on the way there. We’re not entirely sure what we’re going to do on the way back. We’re waiting to see how doing it this way goes first.

    By the way, we’re going to Kansas City for Thanksgiving. Cincinnati is right on route for that journey. Plenty of time to ask Andy! ;)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 6:35 am | Permalink
  3. Kristan wrote:

    Haha, I can understand that. I used to love hotels and hotel pools.

    Well let me know if you want to stop by on the way back. Thanksgiving will depend on the days, because we’re going to Houston to spend the holiday with my folks. But keep me posted on your schedule and we’ll see if we’re here!

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  4. Lori wrote:

    Well. The Tuesday after you return from your epic journey, I will have a blueberry pie waiting for you. Tell Elsie. I’ll be happy to see you on Monday. Have missed your company.

    Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Sonja wrote:

    Mmm, yum. Can’t wait for blueberry pie! I may or may not share it with Elsie. ;)

    Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink