…and we got home in almost thirteen hours, which is not bad when you consider the unexplained mechanical problem with the van, in Lumberton, North Carolina!
Wow, what a blast! An awesome, restful, fun, exciting, and totally Gunfighter family vacation, and now you know all about it.
Oh… I didn’t write that stuff yet, did I? Well, I guess I had better be about it, then, eh?
OK, here is the deal: Like most of the people that are going to read this, my family life is rather busy. Between my daughter being in school, and being involved in Girl Scouts, year-round soccer, and church activities, she has a lot going on, which, by extension, means that Mrs. GF and I have a lot going on… well, Mrs. GF has her text book adoption committee, and church website committee, and all sorts of stuff, so she is busy, too. Me? I drive and cook. Anyway, we all spend a lot of time just running around and getting things done. Even our weekends are busy. Yeah, yeah, I know… cry me a river, right? Well, not so much. My whole point in saying this is to point out that, like you, we are busy, and by the time the end of summer rolls around, we all need a break.
Enter the Gunfighter family vacation!
If you have known me for a while, you already know that our summer vacations have a certain level of sameness from year to year, in terms of where we go… but you know something? No two vacations are ever alike.
This year got started just like any other trip… there was the pre-vacation period that begins in early January, when I make our reservations… and there is the long, eight month period of preparation. “Wait a minute, dude? Are you telling me that you spend the next eight months GETTING READY TO GO ON VACATION?” Well, yeah… duh!? Preparation is part of the fun, so why not draw it out as long as you can?
Anyway, we spent the time saving our money, loading our two boxes of “must have” items, particularly things for my “traveling kitchen” (don’t look at me like that… I cook when I travel). We also spend a fair amount of time talking about where we are going, and what we are planning to do when we get there (we seldom stick to plans, but they are fun to make), and playing vacation related games as in: “I am thinking of a fast food restaurant, a kind that we don’t have in Virginia, but we get to eat there in August” and things like that. (Oh, the answer to that question is: Zaxby’s)
Before too long, the weather turns warm, we enter spring soccer, and look forward to the end of the school year. Once school gets out, we are in the immediate pre-vacation zone and the next thing you know, after summer camp and reluctant visits to see the in-laws (well, actually, only Mrs. Gunfighter and Soccer Girl have to go, which means I totally WIN), it is time to pack up and GO!
I won’t bore you with packing details, but I will tell you that in my family, travelling to our destination is as much a part of the vacation as the rest of it, so on the evening before we depart, Soccer Girl and I like to make our mode of transportation a bit festive.
So, we were all ready and it was almost time to go. The dog was at the kennel, the newspaper had been stopped, the sprinkler on the deck had the timer installed so Mrs. GF's plants wouldn't die, after a final meal and a good night of sleep, it was time to go.
Tomorrow: Bring On The Beach!