The Thanksgiving road trip has become a tradition for my roommate and me. It all started last year (my first year) when we took an impulsive adventure to Frankenmuth to see Bronner's (the largest Christmas store in the world). After the glowing success of that one, we decided to do another one this year.
Being the poor college students we are, our initial plan was pretty low budget (but sleeping in the car was quickly shot down). We eventually worked it up to a better idea: Grace's Aunt had a cabin in the northern part of Michigan for us to stay in. No heat, no electricity, no water. Just us and the cabin and nature. It was supposed to be just a place to sleep, since we already had pretty big plans. We were going to spend a whole day in Traverse City and another at the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
As we developed our plans further, we realized how far the cabin actually was from Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes. We altered our plans to this: spend one day driving to the cabin and exploring the UP (seeing Castle Rocks and Pictured Rocks) and the second returning and stopping in Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes.
We had it calculated to the minute. Wake up at 7, leave by 7:30, arrive at the cabin by noon, drive to Castle Rock by 1 and stay for an hour, drive to Pictured Rocks by 3, stay till the sunset at 6, then drive back to the cabin by 9:30. The next day we would get up by 7, leave by 7:30, get to Traverse City by 9:30, stay till 3, get to the dunes by 4, stay till 6, and get home by 9 for church the next day.
We sat in our dorm room Thursday night, eagerly anticipating the next day. We saw our RA and told him our plans. He warned us, "Make sure you plan for the worst. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." I immediately doubted him, brimming with endless optimism. Nothing would go wrong. After all, we are invincible college students ... right? It would all go according to plan ... wouldn't it? We packed up our stuff and went to sleep early to prepare for our great adventure. However, things never actually work out quite according to plans. Our great adventure turned out to be a string of setbacks and bumps in the road, but that made it the best adventure yet.