I'm pretty sure that one of the only times I'm actually sane is when I'm on vacation. Particularly at Disney World. There's something within my brain that clicks when I'm there, and there's this beautiful realization that being a Disney nerd is not only acceptable, it's encouraged! No one's going to judge me when I cry during Wishes or squeal when I get to keep my menu from Cinderella's Royal Castle. It's more than a vacation from work; it's time spent in my own true reality.
So I'm sure you can all imagine that I'm missing Disney pretty badly right about now. I actually started missing it before I even left, since my bestie and her hubby left before we did. Hubby was the first to note that it felt kind of sad walking past their room, knowing they weren't there anymore, and I had to agree. We didn't leave the property for another hour or so at that point, but I already missed it.
Of course, that doesn't mean I can't re-live the experience! Here's a taste of how things started.
Hubby and I left the house around 3 to drop the puppers off to be boarded. It broke our hearts, and we have vowed not to leave her again for a good, long while, but it was our only option. As we drove to the facility, the rain/sleet combination turned into ginormous snowflakes. Thank goodness we didn't leave any later, or things might've gotten ugly. As it was, we saw 3 or 4 accidents before we were even out of the Milwaukee metro area! Regardless, we made it safely to Indianapolis and stayed at the Hilton for the night (thanks to Hotwire).
Two things of note in Indy. 1) People seem to think that temps in the 40s is damn near unbearable. You can't imagine how many people were whining about how cold it was. Hubby and I were in sweatshirts going, "Uh, we just escaped a blizzard... This is nice." 2) Downtown is almost as confusing as downtown Madison. There are one-way streets EVERYWHERE, and some streets aren't labeled (or at least weren't labeled very well, since we never found the street signs). Not cool, Indy. Not cool.
Also, the Hilton, not as swanky as you'd hope. Low quality TP, beds weren't that comfy, and TV channels were limited. That aside, the room was really nice, especially for the price.
We left around 9:30 or so and headed on our way to Atlanta. While driving, we actually went past one of the towns in Indiana that was hit hardest by the tornadoes, Henryville. You hear about the destruction on the news, and you see a picture or two, and you think, "God, how awful!" But when you actually see the devastation... It's a whole different feeling. I started crying. There were semi trailers that were ripped open, buildings flattened, cars overturned, paint stripped from houses... And that was just what we could see from the interstate. We didn't even realize what we were coming upon until Hubby noticed some guys at a nearby rest area dressed in full fatigues. National Guard was out to help people, and boy was help needed.
Driving past Henryville really slowed us down (not just because the town itself was nearly destroyed, but because people had to stop to gawk), but soon we were back on our way. I took over driving at some point and eventually we got to Atlanta to I and K's house. They took us out for some awesome BBQ at Fat Matt's Rib Shack and then we talked and relaxed for a few hours before heading to bed. The bed there was the best we had during our entire trip, if you can believe it. And they have such a great house! We're already trying to plan a road trip down that way so we can visit again. :)
Stay tuned for more...