It’s been years since we’ve taken a family vacation together. I go to the quilt shows with my friends, I go back and forth to Louisiana to visit my family; Chad went with me last year at spring break but that was the last time he and I had been anywhere together.
Early this year, we found out that Vince had a week off of plant shutdown that coincided with Chad’s spring break. Chad had already been making noise about going to Florida with friends for Spring Break. I didn’t want that to happen! We discussed it and decided we’d all go to Louisiana and Chad and Vince could go salt water fishing and do some fresh water fishing. So, the plan was to go to Louisiana for the week. At almost the last minute, we had to change our plans and ended up going to Arkansas instead.
The plan was to leave home on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. What usually happens is Vince is sitting in the car at the appointed departure time, Chad is still in the shower and I’m running around trying to get Chad to hurry up and keep Vince from blowing a fuse. As it turned out, we were all in the car ready to leave at 8 a.m. Unbelievable! But, then I remembered I’d left a Dr. Pepper in the freezer and had to run back in. Then I looked down and had on my slippers and those were the only shoes I’d brought so I had to run back in again. Vince’s patience . . well, one more trip into the house and I might have been left behind.
We drove from here to Bass Pro Shop in Springfield. Vince and Chad were going to be in there no more than 30 minutes. I sat in the car with Speck and knitted.
They were in Bass Pro for 1-1/2 hours! I didn’t mind though. The next stop was to be at Lambert’s for lunch. We got there (our first time ever) and the line was out the door, around the corner and halfway to the street. No way! We ended up eating at Culver’s in Branson and then drove on to our destination but not without a little frustration.
I know all about that Venus and Mars stuff but I tell you . . going on a trip with Vince is . . sometimes difficult. I surely hope my friend, Elaine, isn’t reading this but most of the time, I have some idea of where I’m going. I have the GPS and the address or phone number to where I’m heading. Vince had found the cabin and made the reservations and printed the maps and had all the pertinent info. Before we left, I said do we need the GPS? and he said no, I know where we’re going! But, GPS was in the car so . . we had it. I just typed in “Mountain View, AR” because no where on the info Vince had did it have the actual address or phone number of the place we were staying!
We got to Harrison, AR and passed a highway and Vince said . . I think we should have turned there. GPS said to go straight. For two hours, Vince said I know we should have turned back there because the cabin was “north of Mountain View” but where . . we didn’t know. The road was narrow, hilly, crooked, up the hill, down the hill, around the hill and . . well, I was just hoping that wasn’t an indication of how the rest of the trip was going to be. We finally arrived at the cabin.
See that air conditioner in the window . . it wasn’t there when we got there. That’s a story you’ll hear about later. It wasn’t pretty! 🙁
The minute the car was unpacked, Vince and Chad were in the creek fishing. It took just a few minutes and Chad came up to the cabin with this.
Don’t worry about me though . . here’s what I set up for myself. I had enough yarn to keep me busy for a month (no, I didn’t finish even one pair of socks!) and quilting projects for four quilts and I made good progress on all of them.
I’ll report more about vacation later.