We've pushed off our summer road trip till the almost-end of summer vacation, but here we are, packed up and on the road. We broke the news to the kids yesterday and immediately began enduring the questions. "Where? Are we going to ____? How far away? Is it a ____?" Over the next eight hours they managed to squeeze three clues out of us.
1. It's in Wisconsin.
2. There's a big horse.
3. Pack your swimsuit.
Archer swiped a Wisconsin road map from David's car and they began studying it. One side is the map, the other side is the list of tourist attractions we should visit. Archer and Shelly carefully reviewed the thirty or more attractions, seeing if any of them matched up. I walked in the room and Archer pointed out his top few guesses. His number one pick was exactly right, but of course I couldn't tell him. I said the picture he was looking at didn't show a big horse, and he countered with, "I saw a commercial for that place and they have a giant horse." They went back to studying, I continued helping Elijah pack his bag. (The first thing he had to pack was a snack. I kept trying to put him off and said we need his clothes but he just kept carrying around that big duffle bag talking about a snack. Finally I gave in and let him pack a box of crackers so we could get on with packing everything else.)
Anyway, at 9:00 last night we caved and gave them a bit more information. It's northwest from us, its more than 30 miles away and less than 130 miles. Circles were drawn on the map, a wedge was drawn to narrow the field to everything northwest of us. And the speculation continued. Archer announced that Wisconsin Dells is right in the center of that area on the map, I told him it wasn't even listed and he said he KNOWS Wisconsin Dells is there.
I can't wait for the "I told you so! I knew it!!" that's coming in just a couple of hours when we pull into the parking lot of the place he guessed. And better yet, I can't wait for the fun we're about to have!