Thursday, December 29, 2011
The Summer of my Discount Tent
A couple months ago Groupon offered two nights at the Cannon Beach Hotel for $175. I hit the 'buy' button without any firm plan for when we'd go. Then I came up with the idea that we could all go the day after Christmas. Checked with The Husband and he was on board with it. The kids were generally in accord, and over the last few weeks we've all repeated the phrase "but on the 26th, we get to leave". Over and over again.
And on the 26th, we did leave. All four of us packed into The Husband's new car, arguing over which satellite radio station to listen to and who got what out of the bag of Christmas cookies. (For the record, my fave Siruis #50 The Groove was the consistent looser.) We got to Cannon Beach just in time for a blast of wind and rain - the picture above shows the kids trying to run into a 40mph gust.
Which prompted The Husband to tell us about the summer he and his buddy decided to drive from Seattle to Alaska in his buddy's old Toyota with a Shell gas card, $100, three cans of tuna and a loaf of bread. Oh, and a leaky tent they bought at a discount place. That's over 2000 miles, most of it on two-lane roads. And they survived. And then I married him. If I had to guess, most of the $100 was spent on beer.
Our family trip wasn't nearly that adventurous, although we did have a very good time. There was plenty of laughter, which is what really counts.