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Well, miracle of miracles, Scott and I are actually planning our first official vacation together! We’ve had coinciding vacation days in the past, but never anything that involved travel and a full week away from both of our jobs.

Since our corporate office is compiling the vacation schedule for January through June 2009, we had to submit our requests today, choosing two week-long preferences. Our first choice was 5/17 thru 5/23, and our second choice was 5/10 thru 5/16.

We’ve already reserved a Mustang convertible and will taking a road trip with a final destination of Michigan, to visit my father and my brother and his family.

We‘re going to take our time (relatively speaking) driving up and down, with a planned stop (so far) in Memphis on the way up. We anticipating being in Michigan Monday afternoon thru Thursday afternoon/evening.

The cost of the car rental (especially since I’ve reserved it now) is less than a single round-trip ticket would have cost us. Even if gas has peaked back up by then, we‘re still going to save money on travel!

We‘re really excited! Scott got to know my dad when we were living in the Virgin Islands, because Dad came and spent almost two weeks with us. Since I was working most days, Dad and Scott had a great time hanging out together.

He’s also met my brother, but I have extended family that I’m pretty close to that I look forward to him meeting. Plus, I haven’t been back to Michigan since I moved back to Texas in ‘96. I’d say it’s time!

Now I just have to deal with my impatience over the next six months!



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Sounds fantastic! Planning a vacation is almost as much fun as taking it, so you get 6 months of planning to enjoy!



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      Inakika wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • I love road trips, Enjoy! Nothing like seeing the USA (if only you were driving a Chevrolet!)
      Being a person that hits the road monthly for my drive to Florida, may I offer some advice?

      I never forget to take a small first aid kit with me. You never know.
      I always give a copy of my itinerary to someone, just in case.
      AAA will not only plan a route for you, they give free maps (to members) and will even highlight construction and good hotels. They will also highlight points of interest.
      I never forget my GPS when I leave for Florida (or anywhere long distance) I was re-routed multiple times during Hurricane Gustav preparations (while driving back from Florida) and had it not been for my GPS I would be in Utah right now! :)



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • I love road trips! The first thing we do when we get off a plane on the mainland is get our car, load up with supplies “snacks” and off we go!  

      You have something wonderful to look forward to.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Irit, thanks for that perspective! My husband thanks you, too, since he has to listen to me for the next 6 months, lol.

      Ingrid, thanks so much for those tips! I’ve just jotted them down in my trip planner (yes, I just designated a binder as that)!

      Cynthia, Scott’s our snack planner. He’s already talking about the cooler we’ll pack, lol.



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      Cheryl Phillips wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • How great. LOVE road trips. So much fun........have a blast! Even though it’s 6 mos away, it’ll be here before you know it!



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      Inakika wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Teeky,
      I’ve never been to the Lorraine, that’s on my to-do list. I saw a picture of the room MLK stayed in, they have kept it almost exactly the way he left it. Amazing.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Teek, thanks for the suggestion! I've put it on my list of things to check out: [Link Removed] 

      Cheryl, I truly hope you‘re right about that time flying... Guess I’ll just need to make sure I’m having a lot of fun in between, huh? ;)


      Feathermaye, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Inakika wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Eerie, just eerie. I can’t even imagine the amount of emotion that you must have felt, Teeky. I would have been so humbled.



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • I am from Memphis. If you get time you should walk thru Beale Street downtown. Great food and alot of jazz music. The Peabody hotel is great,have you heard about the ducks?

      Also, for ribs...

      The Rendenzvous is so famous... I cannot tell you how many famous people had to try it. It is not expensive. Memphis is so famous for ther ribs and bar-be-que. Visit hogsfly.com.

      My old stomping grounds. Sounds like alot of fun. All of this is right downtown. It will be easy to find. Everybody can lead you right to all of this.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • We‘re actually going to try and do Memphis on both sides of the trip. We’ll be going thru the first time on a Sunday, but coming back on Friday night, so we plan to hit Beale street on that leg.

      Thanks for the suggestions, Darla! I’m jottin’ it all down in my little planner!

      And no, I haven’t heard of the ducks...



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      Almostfive0 wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • I’m so mad!....I just tried to post a comment on how we used to take the kids on road trips when they were little and my time expired...lol!

      Anyway, Feather...that sounds like a lot of fun.

      LIKE I WAS SAYING!...we used to take the kids to the Smokey Mountains on camping trips when they were little...lot’s of good memories.
      We also rented a camper once, just the two of us took a week long road trip and stopped at campsites all along the Gulf Coast, camp out at a cool little beach... and then ended up in New Orleans, parked the camper and stayed at a really neat hotel(can’t remember the name)and ate great food.
      Ingrid, we were AAA members as well,...those trip tickets always came in handy always.
      We would take so many road trips I used to tease and say we were like the Griswalds fron National Lampoons Family Vacation and honestly some of them were a lot like theirs...lol
      Like the time we drove from Cincinnati to Niagra Falls...trip from hell, but still good memories we laugh at now.
      Have a wonderful time!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • The closest thing to a road trip Scott and I have ever taken was when we used to make runs across the border into Mexico every three months to refill our prescriptions, but I’m saving all of that for another blog, lol.

      Sounds like y‘all had a blast, Carol. I love the idea of camping along the coast, just the two of us. I’ll definitely note that for future trips! ;)



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