Getting Ready to Go
May 24, 2012
|Here we go again.
Different cast. Different modes of transportation. Different destination. Same blog updates.
Tomorrow we are going to embark on a week-long road trip. Final destination: Yellowstone National Park.
On the Road:
Sweet Jesus Ema Cunningham
From Las Vegas:
From Houston TX:
Annie and Tom Wood
From Oklahoma City:
Modes of Transportation:
Uncle Bob's Lincoln Town Car
Various Unreliable Airlines
We will be leaving Des Moines Friday evening after folks get off work. I've opted to take the day off work to to get ready...mowing, purchase a few clothing items, pack, stock the bar, etc. We plan to travel to Sioux Falls SD Friday night, on to Custer SD on Saturday to see Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower on Sunday with an overnight in Thermopolis WY and then on to Jackson Hole WY on Monday. We will spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Yellowstone/Jackson Hole and then head home Thursday and Friday. Ann Winkel and Frank Rez will jump ship and fly home while Uncle Bob will drive on to California to annoy his daughter and her family for a spell. The rest of us will drive home in the Perversion Van through Cheyenne WY arriving back in Des Moines on Friday.
Larry has done all the planning for this trip, which is a little unnerving. Whereas my philosophy of life is to make a list and check it a dozen times, his is more of a go with the flow approach. I envy that, yet when it determines where I sleep, anxiety generally ensues. We shall see how Larry performs as cruise director.
I've never been to this part of the country. Larry went with his mother once when he was a child. I'm looking forward to seeing the landmarks, the historic sites and the national treasures along the way. We will be doing all this in what we have come to refer to as the Perversion Van. It comes by the name honestly. You would fully expect this van to be on an Interstate message sign featured in an Amber Alert. It is a previously-enjoyed 1989 Chevy custom touring van. It's natural habitat is a city park with a creepy old dude in a trench coat offering candy to unsuspecting children. Previous owners were obviously heavy smokers as it smells like a motel room three decades past due a remodel. Hopefully through this trip, the smell of booze will overcome the smell of stale smoke and dead hookers.
We will be hooked up in the tech department as well. On board, we will have wifi, at least one laptop, a couple IPads, at least five IPhones, and a TomTom. The chargers alone are going to be one piece of luggage. Larry has been preparing the technology this week as I noticed tonight he has affixed velcro patches on the back of MY IPAD so it can be mounted for general viewing in the Perversion Van. I'm not happy about that.
Stay tuned, Friends. As with most of our trips, this will either be great or very awkward by the time we get back home. I will be blogging along the way and promise pictures and daily updates.
And remember...we don't have to outrun the bear. We just have to outrun Larry.