Planning a family vacation can be a very fun and relationship building activity for some people. But might I submit that vacations are tough.
It all begins with deciding which dates to allocate and take off from work. My wife and I are very spontaneous, and yet at the same time very much enjoy putting a plan together. While these two aspects might seem conflicting, the truth is that it is very freeing. Of course, the scheduling of the dates gets quite tricky with these aspects in mind.
We started with a random week in July, but it then got moved to the second week of August. We were going to make a family trip across the country in our van (the Creepermobile according to my oldest son). Our plan was to rent a cabin, haul around coolers full of food for meat samiches, and visit a lot of state parks and roadside historical markers to save on overall costs.
Did I mention that a twelve passenger van gets just over five miles to the gallon on gas? That’s highway. We ended up just staying home for the week.
Day one we spent updating our vacation plans for the rest of the week since we dumped the road trip.
The next day we spent out at a small waterpark, sorry, aquatic center.
The third day we spent at the zoo.
Ask me if it was hot. Why, yes it was. Thank you for asking. Oh, hey remember that time when I said that it was hot at the zoo? I just reread that sentence and the level of heatiness that was emanating from the earth’s crust that day was well above the legal limit, I have no doubt.
Also, it was relatively crowded at the zoo. One thing that you should learn about me is that I am not a fan of crowds of people. It’s not a phobia or anything, it’s just that I have found that crowds of people tend to bring out the parts of them that Darwin talked about.
And just to clarify and reiterate, it was quite hot outside. This was not such a bad thing, but most of the attractions at this zoo were outdoors.
Okay. I know I keep harping on this, but it was so hot that the animals were in their shelters looking out through glass and gates seeming to mock and snicker at the humans melting in the heat. (Notice there are NO ANIMALS in any pictures from that trip.)
Look, it was hot. And I will stop talking about it.
By this time, I was honestly vacationed out and ready for lounging underneath the ceiling fans and air conditioning of my home while mindlessly thumbing through the page up and page down button on my TV remote.
The next day was spent cleaning bedrooms, which is an adventure all on its own that I will surely share with you in a future writing. Rooms had to be cleaned and dresser drawers had to be organized.
What better way to spend a family fun vacation than cleaning!
The next two days were spent visiting my brother and his family. I enjoy playing guitar with my brother as it gives us a chance to reminisce about our younger days and the music that influenced us as young men in East Texas.
My brother lives about forty minutes away, which qualifies as a proverbial road trip
Fun Fact: You know when it’s a road trip when you have to yell back at one or more of your children to stop touching their sibling no less than seventy-eight times in a five mile stretch of road.
As the vacation time wound down and I prepared to head back to work, I looked back and had no regrets about the decisions that we made. We saved a truckload of money and we did just enough to make it a memorable experience for the kids. My wife and I got to spend a lot of time together as well and neither one of us were stressed out.
I would again like to submit that planning and executing vacations are tough, but maybe not so much when you stay home.