An early start for a vacation
We hopeÃ‚Â to leave early this morning on our vacation trip;Ã‚Â well,Ã‚Â early for our family.
In anticipatingÃ‚Â our departure, I’m reminded ofÃ‚Â aÃ‚Â favorite movie, The Great Santini.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For those who don’t know the film,Ã‚Â itÃ‚Â revolves aroundÃ‚Â Bull Meecham, a Marine fighter pilot played by Robert Duvall,Ã‚Â and his often-abusiveÃ‚Â relationship with his family.
Meecham is far from a fatherhood role model, but as our familyÃ‚Â gets ready for theÃ‚Â trip, IÃ‚Â wish we could emulateÃ‚Â the Meechams’Ã‚Â travel schedule: hitÃ‚Â the road before dawn to beat traffic.
We hoped to leave today at 7 a.m. onÃ‚Â the first leg of ourÃ‚Â Niagara Falls- Toronto-Ithaca trip.Ã‚Â That’s after dawn, but before the morning commute. We planned to install the roof rack and luggage container on the car early yesterday evening and thenÃ‚Â load up theÃ‚Â car.
A 7 a.m. departure isÃ‚Â a major undertaking for a family thatÃ‚Â couldn’t get away for one tripÃ‚Â untilÃ‚Â 6 p.m., some yearsÃ‚Â back. Things have changed since then. My oldest son, 17, hates to leave late and is an ally in moving the family along. He is a big help with the roof rack/luggage container installation.
Who knows, maybe we might even sing at the top of our lungs as we head down the road. It couldÃ‚Â help me stay awake.
Have you ever tried to leave before dawn on a vacation trip? What was that like?Ã‚Â