when no plan becomes the best plan

May 6, 2014

I am a planner. I like a schedule. I like lists. Chris on the other hand is the complete opposite. I attribute this to the fact that much of his day is a schedule, with tasks and plans always being executed. So when he is home it is just go with the flow, which ever way the wind blows, no actual plans set in stone.

That was how our weekend started, after a month of being gone the husband just wanted to jump in the car and see where we ended up. As a mom I went into crazy lets be prepared for anything mode. I packed the car full of anything and everything I could think of....juuuust in case. And then we drove off.
We ended up driving south to Portage. Picked up some lunch and found an amazing place to set up a little picnic. I mean look at that view....it is insane to me that we live just a short drive away from this. The kids of course could have cared less about the view, and more about the "huuuuge ticks (sticks)". 
After we filled out bellies, and the boys emptied their bladders. I swear when we move back to the lower 48 someone in this family is going to get arrested for indecent exposure...and its not going to be me! Anyhoo...then we hopped back in the car and headed to the next unknown place. The husband said "lets find a trail and go for a hike". The wife said "lets not and say we did". Husband won wife lost. 
Here's the thing about men, they have an idea, not a plan and idea. Only thinking about the end game not really how to get there. So Chris took us on the most insane seven mile drive up to this trail. I yelled many of inappropriate words as we hit pot hole after pot hole. Bumps in the road that made me hit my head on the roof of the car. The kids were saying "diss is too bumpy I no like it". Mama no like it either! I kept thinking there is no way we are going to make it up and back without popping a tire. Chris said it was about time we found out what my suv could do. It can drive...on normal flat roads!
Our attempt at a family picture to remember the first hike of 2014 in which we all came away with an insane amount of mosquito bites! We ended up hiking around the Iditarod Trail which I will admit was beautiful. I am not an avid hiker. And I might have run like the wind when a bird flew down and let out a high pitched whistle right next to me. I have said this once and I will say it a million times, I won't run unless I'm being chased, this includes things of the feathered variety!
We hiked around until the kids were moving at a non-toddler pace, slow! Pierce is his mamas son I tell ya. He likes his outdoor activity in limited amounts. Don't hate the player hate the game folks!! 

Afterwards we set our sights for home....but not before a much needed stop for milkshakes! 








13 comments:

  1. I agree a plan is generally necessary but every now and then why not right? Sounds like you guys had an amazing day! Minus the potholes and insect bites.

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  2. This looks like so much fun! I love being spontaneous like that.

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  3. Alaska looks gorgeous this time of year!!!!!! I do remember the GIGANTIC mosquitoes in AK when I was there. They were crazy!

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    1. This being our second summer in AK I can say with full confidence there is nothing like it! Just so beautiful everywhere!!

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  4. That family picture is so cute!! Such pretty scenery.

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  5. Isn't that what dads are for? Getting a rise out of mom while being awesome in the eyes of their children. Chris totally nailed it. So happy you had a fun weekend TOGETHER!

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  6. Such beauty there!! Sounds like a really "adventurous" time - glad you didn't get a flat - talk about the worst place for that to happen.

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    1. I know right! No cell service and miles from anything...no bueno!

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  7. Wow! Everywhere you go in AL and share with us, is GORGEOUS. I mean, those first two photos take my breath away. I'm coming to visit immediately, and I might even offer my babysitting services in exchange for one of your purses ;)

    I'm not a big hiker either, or a nature person at that, but my husband grew up camping, so my hatred for anything outdoorsy went out the window when we got married!

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  8. Such gorgeous views!
    I'm like you. I need to know exactly what to expect so that I know exactly how to prepare. Is it going to be a mini diaper bag trip or do I need the big backpack?

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  9. Bahahahaha I just love everything about this post! ❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍

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