The Grandparent Road-trip Tour of 2014 concluded with a minimal amount of tears, angst, over-eating, and agitation, and an abundance of laughter, hugs, and love.
Setting out last Saturday, we put an additional 1,900 miles on our car traveling from Florida to Arkansas, across the whole of Tennessee, and back to Florida – passing through five states, and two time zones in seven days.
None of our parents are as
addicted to interested in The Internets as my little band of cyber-nerds. One set of grans doesn’t even have access to the World Wide Web, and the other two sets couldn’t care less if their connections are tenuous. Withdrawal wasn’t as painful as I anticipated, but then I also have a new smartphone, and a generous data plan.
A word of warning to parents of small children:
Those of you who are eagerly awaiting the day when you don’t have to make a stop at every interstate exit… it never ends. The only thing that changes is that the little person is finally old enough, and big enough to share driving duty. The toys, the copious amounts of food, and mind-numbing distractions remain an integral part of the journey.
My laptop and camera stayed tucked away for most of our trip, but on one cold, cloudy day (when the rain finally gave us a break), I went tramping through the woods around my Dad’s house to snap a few photos of an old barn at the edge of his property. The one pic I missed was of the two white-tail deer the Mister and I spooked with our ridiculously loud people feet crashing through the underbrush.
(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and/or iPhone4)
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