over the easter holiday keith and i went up to DC to meet my aunt, uncle, and cousin for a vacation. this trip had been 6 months in the making. we had been planning it since our last vacation together in september. we all were SOOOO excited and glad that we stuck to our words of "let's meet up somewhere..." and "we should plan a trip together...". we did it!
here is how our travel day [friday] started.
keith and i travel. A LOT. we go to new
places. A LOT. and without fail every time we are arriving to a new
place there is a major meltdown of: "oh shit! we are in a new place! now
what?!!?!? are we going to be lost forever?!"
ok, crisis over.
and i am not sure why it happens because we have maps and more information than necessary, but it always happens.
the meltdown comes from both of us and typically happens over directions
in some fashion. for this trip we had decided to park our car at the
ronald reagan national airport [DCA] and take the metro in versus
attempting to drive and park in the city. great decision. it was more
pricey to park at DCA than at the metro commuter lots, but it was also
much closer to the city. and for us, that was worth the cost.
back to the freak out. we have made it all the way to arlington, va and
are off the highway en route to DCA. i am giving keith directions via
my printed google step-by-step list that could never misguide us. i am staying one step ahead. "turn left on blah blah street" "then turn right on who cares blvd". things
are going great until...i tell him to turn right onto "airport access
road", which there is no sign for. he immediately goes to panic mode
"well, is it this road?!" i reply equally as panicked,"no, i don't know...it's the road over
there!" as i point to a road up ahead. and of course he can't see where i am pointing because well, he
is looking at the road. then and the conversation continues like this:
the car slows down because there is a street on our right...
keith: IS IT THIS ROAD?!?
kendra: I DON'T KNOW! I'VE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE!
I THINK IT'S THE ROAD OVER THERE [points ahead]! OVER THERE! [there is
an on-ramp up ahead that seems to be labeled close to where we need to
be headed. it says something about an airport].
keith: SHOULD I GO HERE!? [the road that is still on our right]
kendra: I DON'T KNOW!!! sure.
we quickly realize that this is absolutely wrong. due to our panic mode
and yelling neither of us want to be helpful, but we are forced to. we can't stay lost forever...can we?
i get out the iphone and access the google maps app. it's taking forever [of course it is]. *rerouting. rerouting*
find the road we need to take to get into the airport. realizing that
is was right there [*points ahead*]. but of course once we enter an
airport, it is as if the flood gates just opened. all the cars are
moving at 100mph and they know where the fuck they are going so, GET OUT
OF THE WAY.
another panic attack sets in. do we park
in lot A daily or lot A hourly? I DON'T KNOW. what about lot C? I FORGOT
EVERYTHING I RESEARCHED FOR THIS TRIP. AHHH. should we park here?
thankfully it was the correct lot.
we could breath now.
onto vacation... [detailed blog upcoming. get excited and be on the lookout!]