Sunday, February 20, 2005

ROAD TRIP!

Tomorrow we start day one of our 1,100 mile journey to watch my oldest son Gabriel graduate from Basic Training and AIT at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  I am so excited, but at the same time I feel an awful churning in the pit of my stomach.  No, I don't get car-sick, but the very thought of traveling 1,100 miles in the cramped confines of the Hemi with my children to get to the graduation, and then back again is filling me with dread!  Its like having a baby, the baby part is great, but unfortunately you have to go into labor to get the baby out.  Labor sucks.  So, I'm sure, does traveling cross country in a suddenly not-so-large pickup truck with 4 of the wildest young people I know. Gabe is trying to come home with us for a couple of days.  That means 7 people in the truck on the way back.  Those dog kennels are starting to sound better and better as time goes by!

I am disappointed that I have not been able to spend any quality time with my Nikon D70 with all the house cleaning, trip preparations and work.  My goal... to become a paid photographer!  Unfortunately thus far my only subjects have  been ducks, geese and magpies... who refuse to pay for having their photographs taken.  I think I need to find a new market, but that will have to wait until after I quit my job.

For those of you out there who have graciously invited me and my family to visit as we pass through to Fort Knox, thank you so very much.  I would love to take each and every one of you up on your hospitality, but we have some pretty stiff time restrictions.  Once Gabe clears he only has 8 days before he has to inprocess into his new unit, which doesn't give him much time if he is to travel home with us.  I look forward to one day meeting all of you.  I can't adequately express the kinship I feel for everyone who visits me here and is brave enough to come back again.  I hope you will feel free to look me up any time you are in my neck of the woods.

But for now... I must finish packing.  We leave at sun-up.... maybe.... nah, we'll be lucky if we're out of here by noon.  We have lots of time to get where we're going so I've already made Dickidoo agree to stop at any photo-op that I may notice.  I missed out on a lot of great shots over the summer because he would not pull over and now that I have this new camera I don't intend to miss out on anything!   I have a feeling he may regret buying me that camera for his birthday by the time we complete our 2,200 mile road trip!  Say CHEESE!

19 comments:

astaryth said...

Enjoy your trip... and let Gabe know that although he doesn't know us, a lot of us know him <LOL>... and I for one am proud of him! Extend my Congratulations on making it thru Basic to him!
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

mosie1944 said...

I love road trips... can I go?

mom23nca said...

Have a safe and sane trip!  Congrats to Gabriel.

paintsaqha said...

I hope you have a fun and safe trip!  

Sheryl

demandnlilchit said...

Oh I HATE when they won't pull over.........or by the time they act like they just understood what you said, the photo op is 10 miles down the road! grrrrrrrr!

jcole16757 said...

Have a safe and wonderful journey!

robinngabster said...

Hope your trip went well. Graduation can be a very special moment for the family. My husband is a Military Training Instructor for the Air Force here in San Antonio Texas, Lackland Air Force Base. I often attend his graduations and get choked up every time.  Robin  
http://journals.aol.com/robinngabster/Thesearethedaysofourlives

mumma4evr said...

give the kids a sedative!!!!  have a safe drive and let us know as soon as you a re home!!!
Becky

hestiahomeschool said...

Well, just in case you want a free place to sleep, stop in...we are directly across the river from Cincinnati.
lots of love and safe driving!
love, Kas

adlessor said...

Travel safe.   Take some photos to share with us.   Have fun.
Dawn    

schnozbeary said...

Make sure and share the details of the trip!!! And congrats to Gabe!! Penny

purplectigger said...

Have a great trip. It will go fine. Congrats to Gabe.
Hugs, R.C.

shayreen1 said...

GOOD LUCK ON THE TRIP. FIRST TIME HERE.
CHECK OUT MY JOURNAL.
http://journals.aol.com/shayreen1/shaysjournal/
                                                                    SHAY.

cneinhorn said...

hope you stick a big memory card in that baby! have a great trip Dorn!  :-)

~JerseyGirl
http://journals.aol.com/cneinhorn/WonderGirl  

swjelj said...

Hey Dorn. Boy do I feel for you. The dreaded road trip with kids. I guess if we don't see you back soon. Then we will know that the kids won...  LOL!!! I hope all is well on your end. Things for me are good. Take care. And have a safe and wonderful trip. Take lots of pics... earlene

promiseluv372 said...

I'm finally get caught up on my journal reading.  Way to go Gabriel! I KNOW you're proud.  Have a fun and safe trip.
~ Promise

dababysback said...

sounds like its going to be fun and interesting!!!
http://journals.aol.com/dababysback/ReadAllaboutit/
shannon

hestiahomeschool said...

I know you are on your way to the Bluegrass!  Stay safe!

cste609371 said...

creative journal...
http://journals.aol.com/cste609371/writingsshortstoriesbyStewart