I remember when we started scheming for our camping trip, my cousins, brother and I all sat down one day when they were in town and started talking about the good ole days and ‘wow wouldn’t it be fun to go somewhere together?’ Since my Aunt was protective of her baby boys, despite the fact that they were both in their 20s, we never really got to have any big vacations together, besides maybe a trip to the grocery store. So one day, my dad (my aunt’s younger brother) comes home from work with a huge grin on his face, and proclaimed that he had just convinced my aunt and our two cousins to go on a camping trip to Big Bend National Park. We were all thrilled and immediately started packing to go.
The night before the big trip, our family came down for a send-off dinner of sorts. That night we went to the only restaurant in town worth going to. We filled up Mexican food and hit the sack early. The next day we loaded up the two suburbans with every kind of camp mechanism, tons of food, four iPods, and hit the road! Despite the fact that it was about a 10 hour drive, and yes we stayed in the same state (*cough* Texas), we had a great time! The time flew by with discussions about what’s going to happen to grandpa, WWII, the future, funny movie quotes, and more.
That night we set up camp and had a camp fire where the inevitable Kumbaya was sung (obviously). The next day we ‘summited’ one of the highest peaks in Texas….which yeah, isn’t saying much, but we definitely felt accomplished! The rest of the week resulted in many more climbs and hikes until the last day when we drove to New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns. It was absolutely incredible to think that people just stumbled upon it one day! After that we drove back to camp to take a peek at border town Boquillas and spent the last night recollecting our vacation, which already seemed like it had flown by.
On the way back to ‘home base’ we stopped to get BBQ but the majority of the time was spent, you guessed it, sleeping! I don’t think I’ll ever forget that roadtrip with my cousins that summer in the Wild Wild West. J