So I know that you all were expecting this much sooner, but , well, I just didn’t feel like it! I would like to say though, that if there ever was a weekend in my life where I wish I would have been followed by a camera crew, this was it. Between threatening to ration how many cigarettes the kids each got, to being told to be quiet so someone could hear what the bison were “saying”, the amount of awesome phases I hope were overheard out of context, is quite long and includes the following:
- Why doesn’t the head’s up display also offer song lyrics, karaoke style?
- You did kind of lick it, I saw- this was in reference to a root beer barrel I needed help opening while driving.
- This car is tits.
- Man, these bitches know how to treat a kid right! ( obviously, referring to ourselves)
- 9,980 more lakes to pass in Minnesota ( sung to the tune of 99 bottles of beer)
- Sorry, I have to Google with my right arm.
- I’d rather live a perfect life than have Instagram views. Mom, I need to charge my phone.
- How do we know this isn’t some kind of zoo set up?
- You grabbed it in the wrong spot, you’re on your own. Now just use your teeth to scrape it off the cardboard.
- Where my back seaters at? ( This is extra hilarious after midnight, on the way home, over caffeinated, listening to sweet 90’s style rap)
Our trip was quite eventful. We pulled out Thursday about 1 pm and made it the twin cities without incident. It was there that the navigation system, in an attempt to avoid a backup, routed us off the interstate and onto surface street. It was also at the time that a pretty awesome thunderstorm rolled through. Having, some nervous riders, we had to pull over and let the rain pass and to be honest, it’s always a good idea to be able to see when you are driving. We got moving again and were rewarded for our surface street detour with the appearance of a White Castle. We had sit down dinner and then got serious about getting to Fargo. We made it to the hotel in Fargo without incident and there was even time for the kids to do some swimming in the fancy pool with the slide before bed.
It would probably not to surprise you to know that we slept later than planned Friday morning. We got everyone together and were those people who went to breakfast in the pajamas. We also used this as an opportunity to teach the kids to stock up on condiments for the rest of day. They were not amused at this nor the fast the grown ups had the giggles and started laughing so hard, we couldn’t even breathe. It was a great way to start the day.
We headed out for Theodore Roosevelt National Park and everyone was excited. I knew that the park had peaks about 3,000 feet above sea level and you could tell as we were getting into the higher elevation ( we live at about 860 feet above sea level) because there was a lot of ear popping going on, so I suggested to my co-pilot that she could get an app on her phone to check our current altitude. Let’s just say she really took her duties as the human altimeter seriously. It was amazing. We finally made it to park about 4 pm and little did we know, the things we would see.