I overheard that hearses don't have luggage racks.
I've never forgotten that.
The other day, my daughter and I were stressing over how much space will be LEFT in our backpacks. Will we have room for souvenirs?
On backpack forums, many people suggest that after you're done packing, take HALF back out. Then you're ready to go.
I'm an advocate for traveling light, but I doubt we'll reduce our packs that drastically. I've itemized our essentials down to a science. We know exactly how many items we plan to pack and what. I'll be posting more on this later.
As our trip draws closer, I'm reminded on how much this is costing. Sure, the thought enters my mind occasionally, could I have spent my money wiser on something else?
I can think of a million things to buy, other than a trip. Okay, I can think of a hundred million things.
But then I'm reminded that hearses have no luggage racks.
I think back on the time when my son was about to graduate homeschool. I felt frantic. We still hadn't taken that trip. Any trip. I wanted to build one more memory with my kids before life intervened with jobs, careers, obligations...
I arranged for us to fly to Los Angeles, and to drive a rental car to Las Vegas. My kids had never flown before, so I wanted them to experience their first flight, to see my birthplace in California, dip their toes into the Pacific Ocean, then take a scenic road trip to Las Vegas. It was one of our best memories ever!
My most memorable times are when my family reminisces about that scarry camping trip we took together, or that surreal day when we walked across the border into Mexico. We laugh about my son getting seasick on that deep sea fishing cruise, or the time I was unknowingly swimming with sharks in Matagorda. So many many memories that bond our family together. And that's what it's all about. Building a souvenir of memories. No luggage racks needed.