It’s almost time for The Zoo to begin our annual road trip to Mexico. Our journey will have us cover 5,000 kilometres, over four days and touch three countries. We will be gone until sometime in April.
The first leg of our journey will begin next Tuesday when we head to Toronto. We will spend four days visiting with Family, Celebrating The Kids fifth birthday, Stopping by the Ontario Science Centre (where I haven’t been for at least 25 years) and then officially heading south on December 13.
As I’ve mentioned before, preparing for an extended road trip is a huge ordeal that takes at least three months of preparation and 43 lists (note that we have lists of lists). Since this will be our 17th trip (yes, 17th) and The Kids 9th, we know what we have to do and what to expect but that doesn’t account for the unplanned events. And there’s always a few of those.
Last week, our living room and kitchen got added to the list of rooms that are in a state of disarray (along with our two bedrooms) leaving only the dogs room that is cleaner than it’s been all year (guess where we store all of our stuff).
Fortunately, we only have to live like this for another week and The Kids don’t take very many things OUT of the boxes (although we always find a few extra things when we get to Mexico).
Life jackets for our extra day at the beach.
All the boxes are numbered so that we know what’s in any box at a glance. Did you notice the addition of “Puff the Magic Dragon”.
We bring 8 orange boxes, 2 Large Hockey Bags, a Day Bag, Computer Bags for Ed and I, each of the Kids bring a knapsack of toys and then there’s the rooftop carrier with two bikes (that we’ll leave there), a sun umbrella (can’t seem to find one down there) and anything else that will fit in the remaining 2cmx2cm space).
Have you ever been on an Extended Road Trip?