My 19-year-old daughter went away to college last fall, and upon returning home for Christmas break, shared a powerpoint presentation with us that she had made entitled, “Last Family Trip.” The grand vacation plan: fly to San Francisco, drive to Seattle and up into Canada to see the glaciers before they melt.
Here is her presentation:
My daughter knew this trip would be hard to swallow, so she prepared a list of reasons why we needed to do it:
- Last trip before she has to work and do internships over the summer, and her brother (a junior in high school) gets busy in college.
- Did not go on a family vacation last year, so we are due.
- Airfare is very cheap, considering a flight to ATL can also be $200, and this is cross country.
- If we want her and her brother to live in a less dangerous part of the country, we need to see it.
- Undeniably, the Out West trip (our 2008 vacation with stops in Denver, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, & Utah) was the best because of the beauty and change of scenery. This will follow in its footsteps and yield lasting memories.
- If nothing else, then you have an excuse to go to Tony Roma’s by the airport for dinner after we return.
She also listed separate reasons why the trip would be good for me, her dad and brother.
For her brother, she noted that his favorite vacation was the one we took out west, which featured natural scenery and amazing wonders and this trip would do that. Plus, he would actually look out the window instead of at his iPod.
For me, she noted that I had never been to these places (which is true) and wanted to go there, and the trip did not include any theme parks. (Every single vacation has included at least one theme park because my daughter LOVES roller coasters and is trying to ride every single one of them that she can!)
For her dad, she noted that he would have visited 49 of the 50 states, and the mountains in Canada are not as high as the ones he drove in Colorado and Montana during our previous trip. Plus, he would grant her 7 YEAR DREAM of seeing Moraine Lake.
After much discussion, my husband and I decided that we would take our son and daughter on this trip. This blog will chronicle our preparation for the vacation, and the actual trip itself. I’ll share with you tidbits of our past trips and why travel has become an important part of my life and my family’s life. So, buckle up … it may be a bumpy ride!