Hello from North Dakota!
What am I doing here you ask? It’s a little bit of a story. I don’t think I mentioned on the blog, but we had plans this weekend to fly to northern Cali to stay with friends at their vacation house and have four days full of wine-tasting, oyster-eating and kayak-paddling. We hurried off to the airport after work yesterday to catch our flight. When we arrived, we found out that all flights to SFO departing from all airports were facing 4+ hour delays. Long story short, the delay caused our plans to fall through. Not gonna lie, the bad news combined with the several airport-priced drinks I consumed while trying to figure all this ish out resulted in a few tears, and we returned to the apartment facing the choice of whether or not we should just go to work today and call the vacation mission off.
We were thisclose to scrapping our plans for a long, relaxing weekend. But luckily (?) we had a few more cocktails upon arriving home and concocted a harebrained plan to take the days off as we had planned and road trip to Yellowstone National Park. I am slightly obsessed with the national parks since watching a documentary series on how they were started, and Yellowstone has been on my bucket list for awhile.
And any and every thing we thought we needed for camping got jammed in my car.
We were still excited about the plan when we got up this morning and went to Target and REI to get a tent, sleeping bag, camping cookware and a ton of other stuff.
We finally got on the road a little after noon and took off on what I’m allowing myself to believe will be the best adventure of our lives! I have since realized via my iPhone research that “2 days really isn’t long enough for a Yellowstone visit” and let’s be honest, we are no experts at camping. I am just so excited to be on a spontaneous trip with my fave partner in crime. And I am also the proud owner of a pretty freakin’ sweet tent.
We could not have been less prepared for this trip. We threw this “plan” together In less than 12 hours. We have no reservations, no itinerary, and still have 10 hours of road ahead of us. Up and taking off on a trip like this is pretty outside the comfort zone for us two detail-oriented engineers, but I can’t wait to see what happens. Brandon said last night that at worst, we are “making lemonade” out of a less than ideal situation and at best, we are going somewhere I have been dreaming of visiting for years.
Yippeekiyay! We’re going camping, b*tches!