Because life is a series of edits

Anybody Got a Wagon Queen Family Truckster*?

In Family, Places on July 17, 2009 at 6:35 am

Wagon Queen

Clark Griswold: Roy; can I call you Roy? Have you ever driven cross-country?

Roy Walley: Oh, hell yes. Drove the whole family to Florida. Worst 2 weeks I ever spent in my life. The smell from the back seat was terrible.

Clark Griswold: Ooooh. Ooooh, I know that smell. Roy, could you imagine if you had driven all the way to Florida and it was closed?

Roy Walley: Closed? Uh, they don't close Florida.

Rest assured if they do, it will be just before we get there.

Heading on our first-ever major family vacation attempt, as a friend has generally offered the use of her family's beach condo in Florida for a week; all we have to do is get there.

Notice I say vacation "attempt": a day before departure, we unexpectedly had to invest $750 to get our 1996 Honda Odyssey roadworthy (new radiator, ignition switch, carbon cleaning, etc.), so before we even start the trip we're $250 over budget – not a good sign.

Oh, and check out this weather forecast for the next ten days (half of which we're supposed to be frolicking on the beach). Lovely.

For perspective, I went to the video store last night to rent National Lampoon's Vacation. I kid you not: they had every Vacation movie (European, Christmas, Vegas) but the original, as it was "damaged."

I'm not making this up, folks. I swear.

2,240 miles; ten days; four children; two adults (chronologically); some kind of unrelenting travel curse we can't shake (if you don't believe me, read the posts). God help us all.

*On a lighter note, click here for more on the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Sweet.

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  1. I love the original Family Vacation movie…
    We love cross-country traveling…we just returned from our annual trip to Canada (about 2200 miles in all) and are already wondering/thinking/planning/hoping for the next trip (dh is considering Mexico – I’m not sure I’m up for that)…

  2. We drive about 3,800 miles every Summer from CA to Montana/Wyoming and home. We did this 2 years ago with my parents, 7 of us in a minivan :) We are planning to repeat it this year. It’s actually really fun.

  3. Hoping with Megan that this trip will break the trend! :)

  4. We’ve not had a good experience in Florida in regards to rain. Last time we did Disney, we got drenched every single day. Drenched. And riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during a hailstorm? Painful yet priceless.

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