After a night of drunken debauchery and talk of old family rivalries and memories, we pack it in. Now all my kids travel very well. Like I said, they've been traveling since they were born. LM's first week of life he put 1000 miles under his belt and Jim and David have frequent flier memberships. But even then, as the next day kicks off with brunch and Mimosa's, this is what I see:Yes, this is Jim and jetlag is setting in. Between flying and driving, the boys have put over 3200 miles behind them in two days. Ahhh, to sleep, to dream. By the way, this isn't where we're supposed to be sleeping. He didn't want to miss anything so grabbed a bag and just crashed on a sofa in the family room.
AND THEN, THE ENDSo, after four wonderful days with my family it's time to start the long drive to California. Again, doing the somewhat touristy thing. We stop at Multnomah Falls outside of Portland, OR and hang out for about an hour. LM and I wanted to do the six mile "adventure walk" to the lake but were shot down by those less willing. Of course, I was in capris and sandals, not exactly backwoods hiking gear.
As I said in an earlier post, we then headed to the HOT AS HELL Central Valley of California. Stayed four days with the in-laws and had a great time. So, now it's time to fly home. We say good-bye to Jim and David, albeit tearfully for me, and yet again are on the road at 4:00 a.m. to catch a flight out of Oakland.
We arrive in Baltimore on the 4th of July at 4:30 p.m. Enough time to buy some fireworks and beer (can't have one without the other, right?). We again get into Shuttle hell for the 30 mile drive home. Carlos and I are quietly excited as there is only one other passenger this time. LM is excited to be heading home to see Chico the Wonder Dog and his faithful sidekick Beau the Police Dog. For the first few miles, Little Man is all a chatter. He and I are pretty much inseperable so he's sitting by the window and just talking to the driver and the other passenger about our trip, leaving his brothers in California, blah, blah, blah. Stranger danger really has not sunk into this kid. About 15 minutes into the ride, he gets quiet and this is was Carlos sees:
Hard to imagine we did anything but sleep on this trip!!