We are off on another trip and I’m reminded that sometimes we seem to do things backwards. When our children were young — actually before the third child was born — we decided we could travel more economically by purchasing a small travel trailer.
It was really quite nice, by the standards of those days, with a kitchen and bathroom and adequate sleeping space. When our third child was born, however, it was too small and we sold it.
As soon as the baby was old enough for vacations, we purchased a pop-up tent camper. Combining that with the back of our station wagon, we could manage pretty nicely. We had several very nice trips that way, including one into Canada.
Within a few years, our lives seemed to get busier and we had less time for camping trips, so we sold the tent camper. That left us with no way to camp out on an occasional fishing trip, however, so we bought a regular tent.
Most people would have begun with a tent and worked up to a travel trailer, I imagine, but not us!
Now we are seasoned travelers but are heading backwards again. Three months ago we took a transatlantic flight and cruised around Italy for two weeks, the height of luxury traveling.
Last month we flew to Baltimore to attend a family wedding in the Chesapeake Bay area and stayed in a Holiday Inn Express. That was not quite so luxurious, but we did have clean sheets and a bathroom and a swimming pool at our disposal.
In contrast to these experiences, we left today on a tour bus, headed for Washington, D.C. We will drive straight through and arrive in D.C. tomorrow night. We will have a short night at a Hampton Inn (yea for clean sheets and a bathroom!) and head to the Lincoln Memorial very early Saturday morning for a rally.
Although this trip is obviously going to lack the niceties that the other two trips had, we are going to be richer for the experience, I’m sure.