I spent the last week in Illinois with my parents. It was a productive visit, and we accomplished a lot in addition to visiting. It was not, however, particularly restful! So now we are on the road again, headed for home. It’s about 1100 miles, and we usually make the trip as quickly as our old, tired bodies will let us. But this time we are taking it easier, stopping earlier in the evenings.
When we traveled long distances when our kids were little, we always built some fun time into the drive for them. We would stop at a park and let them run around or something. We wanted them to have good memories and enjoy the trip, not only thinking of it as an excruciatingly long drive. Since we haven’t had kids to worry about, though, we always make the trips as quickly as we can. We did that on the trip out to Illinois. On this trip home, though, we are doing it differently. After all, we want to have the trips to see my parents be good memories, too!