A few months back I got this crazy idea in my head that we should drive to Calgary for Stampede. One of my best friends moved up there over a year ago and I figured why not? I got on Google Maps and started planning out my route. One thing was certain, we couldn't go home the same way we came. That would be nonsense! And since I was already driving that far north I definitely had to make it to my Aunt Dianne's annual 4th of July hot dog and wiffle ball golf tournament in Washington. Hours later I had created my masterpiece. A 24 day tour of the west. I was going to do things I had wanted to do for years. I was going to drive through the Canadian Rockies and see Banff. I was going to finally get to Yellowstone. And I was going to do it with my two year old toddlers! Insane? Maybe. Insanely fun? Definitely.
And now as months turn into weeks and weeks will quickly turn into days before our big trip begins, I have become a planning machine. Finalizing hotel stays (cuz sorry, I am not car camping for 3 weeks with these children. We can try that in a couple years) and working on our itinerary. This is not how I used to travel before kids. I was more the find a destination and figure it out when we get there type. All it took was one night sleeping in a hotel parking lot in Crescent City with my infants to realize flying by the seat of my pants is not as fun with little ones.
I will be kidding myself if I expect everything to go according to plan. Actually, I hope it doesn't. Usually the unexpected is what ends up being the most fun. I will try to update as much as I can while on the road and throw in some pictures and video (I got an incredible deal on a flip video camera!). So wish us luck and pray I don't forget to pack something crucial, like the camera!