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A family road trip adventure

The Mommy Chronicles

May 25, 2012
Anne Blankenship , The Daily Freeman Journal

Road trips are always an adventure. Being trapped in a car for hours on end in uncertain territory can lead to anxiety and stress. Of course, you can survive if you keep your sense of humor and remember to laugh. We discovered that last weekend on a trip to a family wedding.

We headed out to St. Louis for Larry's sister's wedding. We rolled into town late Thursday night and collapsed in our hotel room. The next morning, we got up and started to get ready. That's when we realized our shower was broken. The faucet came off and we couldn't get the water stopped. A desk clerk came to our aid and got the water stopped. But the bad news was, no shower until the maintenance man checked it out. That made getting ready for the wedding more difficult.

Larry's sister, Ruth, chose Friday for her nuptials and had a very low-key, intimate backyard wedding. I?think she was born several years too late because she would have made a terrific hippie. She freely admits that herself. And her new husband, Brad, is a kindred spirit.

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She was married under a sprawling shade tree in her backyard, surrounded by pots of blooming flowers, candles and torches, and family and friends. The bride's dress and her attendants' dresses carried out the garden theme with embroidered flowers and butterflies. Daniel was called into service to be the ring bearer when the original ring bearer was unable to attend. He jumped into action and pulled off his duties without a hitch.

After the wedding, everyone headed out to the reception, which was held at a nearby opera house. In the wedding program, the bride had listed the address for the reception hall. Unfortunately, it was wrong. When we keyed the address into our GPS unit, it took us to an industrial park at the end of a long road. At the address, there was a roadhouse surrounded by motorcycles and loud music pouring out of the building.

After several phone calls, we determined we were on the wrong side of town. We finally made it to the reception and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning, we went to the St. Louis Zoo. I doubt that we could have picked a more humid, hot day for our trip. We took Larry's mom and his niece along with us. We didn't stay long because of the crowds and the heat. The kids were cranky and so was Larry.

That GPS was a lifesaver through the whole weekend. We plugged in all of the addresses and all of the locations we visited. That little GPS lady guided us right to our destinations (when we had the correct address). She even gently nudged us to turn around when we made a wrong turn. I'm not sure how we ever got along without that device. I know, we had maps, but maps can't tell you where there are traffic jams or road construction.

So, after a full weekend, we headed for home and I was never so glad to fall into my own bed. I love visiting relatives and seeing the sights, but in my view, getting home is the best part of taking a family trip.



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