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Midwestern Whirlwind Tour

MI, IN, OH

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What do you do when your side of the family has a reunion in Michigan on one day and DH's family has a wedding in Indiana the next?

You go to both. That's 22 hours in a car and upwards of 1,300 miles--over the course of 5 days, sleeping in a different city each night. It was hectic, but we did it!

Day 1: central PA to suburban Detroit. We stayed with a friend and got our Detroit-style pizza fix.

Day 2: Family reunion at my uncle's house. It's about an hour and a half from my friend's place. We enjoyed catching up with everyone and eating good food, but had to leave early so we could spend the night in Coldwater, MI, which is the halfway point between the reunion and the wedding.

Day 3: Wedding just outside of Indianapolis. We wore shorts in the car so we wouldn't mess up our nice clothes (because if we did that, of course someone, possibly me, would spill something on themselves at lunch). We checked into the hotel, got fancy, and left for the ceremony. Congrats to K and R! It was fun to see everyone and meet my newborn niece, the youngest wedding guest.

Day 4: Indy to Columbus. When we mapped out the route home from Indy, we saw that it would take between 8-9 hours, not counting meals and rest stops. We could have done it all in one day, but it would have been a very long one. Because our itinerary had us on the road every day, we decided that it would be too much to have one long last day. Instead, we stopped in Columbus. Breaking up the trip had two other benefits. First, we could spend the morning at the park with my sister-in-law and her family before their flight. Second, we could have dinner with some friends in Columbus. We enjoyed seeing everyone.

Day 5: back home. This was another long day on the car, about 5.5 hours of driving.

This trip confirmed that I really am not a fan of staying in a different place every night, but I'm glad we could make it to both events. Now being at home feels almost like a vacation: no squabbles over the iPad or hourly requests for snacks. Now they just argue about other stuff and only ask for snacks a couple of times a day!

Thanks for reading! I'll follow up with reviews.

Posted by amikulski 18:35 Archived in USA Tagged children parties wedding cars ohio michigan indiana

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