25 Jun tempe town lake + the great escape 2013
We’re gearing up for the Great Escape. But first, sunset at Tempe Town Lake, soaking in the heat so that the mountain cool feels that much sweeter.
This will be my third year driving alone with the kids to Colorado. 14 hours. One overnight along the way. People ask me if it’s stressful, and maybe it’s selective memory, and maybe I’m jinxing myself by saying so, but it really isn’t too bad. The kids might get noisy or whiny, but they’re safely strapped in their 5-point-harness carseats. We stop every 2-3 hours, even if it’s just for three minutes to stretch our legs.
I pack snacks and coloring books and treats and music. They sleep and chatter and play pretend. We overnight in comfy hotels in bustling small towns so that the stopover is part of the vacation. The kids each get one “freebie,” one stop that they get to call for no reason other than wanting to stop. Last year it was the Four Corners. Past years it’s been the giant yellow duck at South Fork. Once we stopped for beef sticks at a dusty gas station. It’s (dare I say) fun!
The way home is another story. After weeks of playdates and hikes and staying up late and tearful goodbyes, the LAST thing we want is to drive 14 hours home.
But that’s a concern for another day.
If you’re reading this, say a prayer for safety over our little family as we drive this week. I’ll post when we arrive!