I have vacation on the brain. It’s short-timers-itis, I think. Where all I can think about is getting away from the office and doing something FUN. Ya know? Do you ever get like that?
Last summer, husband, kid and I traveled to West Texas and New Mexico. We had this grand idea to go to the Davis Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns. We were going to drive.
Now, if you’re not all that familiar with Texas let me tell you…it’s, um, big. We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth so heading west meant it would be about 10 hours before we got to the mountains. At the time, I was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra. Two days before we left for the trip, the air conditioner broke. I thought it might just need to be recharged but no such luck. And getting it fixed on the weekend before we left? Didn’t happen. No one could get in fixed in time.
I was mad.
Of course last summer was almost as hot as the summer of 2011. We had a lot of 100+ days. And no rain. It was a long, hot, miserable drive. Husband started the trip and we agreed to take turns driving. By the time it was my turn to drive, we were all sweating and dying of the heat. But we persevered. We made it to the Davis Mountains and stopped for ice cream and a cold drink. When we got back in the car, with the sun blistering and no AC, I pulled out of the parking lot (which was gravel by the way) and blurted, “My eyeballs are hot!”
My husband cracked up. We say that a lot now whenever we’re feeling twitchy about the heat.
We made it to the hotel to blessed AC. By that time, though, I don’t think any amount of cool air would make us feel better. Once you’re hot like that…it’s hard to get cooled off. But we had a great time at McDonald Observatory and Carlsbad Caverns. Of the caverns, my son said it was the “most extraordinary place” he’d ever been. :D He’s right, too. It’s a pretty cool place. And it was 52 degrees in there. We actually wore jackets. I never wanted to leave.
The day we headed back home it was supposed to be 102 for the high. Which means it really feels like 120. We opted for driving home starting at sundown and into the wee hours. It was a trip we will always remember and laugh about even if at the time I felt like I was going to burst into flame every 2.3 seconds.
I finally did get the AC fixed on that miserable car…and then traded it in.
What are some of your best vacation memories, either as an adult or a kid?