Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The 8 hr drive...that turned into 20

Two weeks ago we headed out for our usual 8 hr drive up to Brantford, Ontario for my little sister's wedding. About an hour and a half into our trip we realized that the flooding in Pennsylvania was a lot worse than we ever could've imagined. We ended up driving for 10 hours that night and only got 2 hours away from our house. Every major interstate was closed and tons of other streets were blocked off due to severe flooding.
it. was. a. nightmare. 
oh, and did i mention that earlier that day Sierra barfed all over our new sea grass rug (which is pretty much impossible to clean spills out of) and Eric's work laptop (which obviously ruined it)? Eric thought she just gagged herself because it happened right after she ate a goldfish cracker.
Not so much.  
At the exact time that we realized we couldn't go anywhere Sierra barfed all over herself and her car seat. As if barf in the car isn't horrible enough, we couldn't get off on any exits to get her cleaned off because every exit just directed you back onto the interstate which would then be closed and send you back to a worthless exit again. 
We spent the rest of the night thinking we could get around the flooding and get somewhere. It was horrible. We finally got into a hotel at 4:40am. 
With hopes that things would be better the next day, we headed out again. We still ran into problems but managed to get there late that night. (it took us 10 more hours and we missed the rehearsal dinner. on the bright side, Sierra only barfed once this day compared to 6 the day before. including once on the floor at mcdonalds.)
But, at least we made it for the wedding the next day! It was the trip from hell.
sitting (uncomfortably) with her barf bowl. poor little girlie.
the little sick girl taking a much needed break from all the driving.

day 2 with no car seat (believe me, this was necessary. it didn't smell any better the second day)

Safely (and happily) in Canada. This was my dress when I was Sierra's age!

My brother Brandon and his cute fiancee Brittany with their wildflowers. lol

A lovely dinner out at Swiss Chalet

munchkin

reading with grandma. brooklyn is quite pleased.

 On the way home we decided to take it easy and stop half way at a hotel. Ever since the first time we drove to see my family we've passed Clyde Peelings reptile museum and Eric has been dying to go for 6 years. So we did that too. 
Alligators

black mamba

butterflies. one landed in sierra's hair. she was a little disturbed.


Despite the horrible drive on the way there, the trip was really fun! We'll be doing it again in 3 and a half weeks for my little brother's wedding. Lets hope the rain holds off for a while.

*wedding pictures still to come

2 comments:

Just Another Blog said...

I really can't imagine the hideousness of a 20 hour car ride with a sick little one... ugh! Hope the reptile museum was everything Eric dreamed it would be! haha!

Maria said...

You poor guys! That sounds horrible! You should have called and could have crashed at my parent's house...although, it might have taken a while to get to their house as well! Glad you made it eventually! :)