Preparing for a long trip can be tiring. Ordinarily, our big trips are south to see Magi's whole family. We stay in the same condo every time, stop at the same hotel every time, and usually stop at the same restaurants on the way down.
This time is different. This time, we are traveling west, to somewhere we've never been. We're going to go to Wizard World Chicago (a comic book convention) on Sunday, then leave for Omaha Monday morning to go to the zoo. I just got tickets to the Rockies game at Coors Field in Denver for Tuesday, and then on to my dad's house in Utah on Wednesday. I've been west several times, mainly to Arizona and once to California, but I've always flown in. I've never driven west of St. Louis, so this will be a truly different trip. I've been picking up picnic supplies so that we can make stops on the way out to eat lunches. I have to pick up a little gas grill this week to tailgate on the trip as well. McDonalds is okay to buy a Coke, but I hate their food.
Next up is making hotel reservations. We'll stay at hotels on the way out, but I'm not sure what we'll do on the way back. Outside of visiting my sister, I haven't planned that part of the trip at all, which makes it kind of spontaneous and fun. We may camp; we may find something else we want to do. I guess that's what vacation is all about, right?