I started pricing out how much it would be for us to drive up to Canada this summer. My brain almost started bleeding while I was doing the calculations. Stop laughing Dawn, I'm not THAT bad at math ... I was using a calculator ;) It wasn't the multiplications and divisions that I was having a hard time with - it was the cost of GAS. After I added up the gas, accommodations, truck maintenance, things we were adding to the truck for the trip and food - it will cost us less to fly than it would to drive. Absolutely absurd.
So I called up my mom this morning, "Hey mom ... so ... what's the status of your vehicles?" She told me she drives their car, Rod drives their truck and the CRV just sits there. "Ohhh really?" I respond. Then I explained what I had discovered last night. So the new plan is for us to fly up to Great Falls, her come and get us, then I use her CRV for the remainder of the time I'm in Canada.
After further contemplation I am grateful on several levels that I thought of checking into this.
1) 5.5 hours in transit as compared to 30. Wow. That's a tough one.
2) Using a truck this summer with cruise control. Be still my beating heart.
3) MPG. Her CRV beats my Rodeo hands down.
4) Not having to worry about hotels.
5) I get to drive someone else's car for a while. I love doing that.
Thanks mom, you're a life saver.
Now I just have to readjust my whole way of thinking. I am so use to driving up to Canada I don't even take into account space or what will fit. With the new luggage restrictions the airlines are enforcing, the kids and I can only bring one suitcase up per person with a surcharge of $25 per additional piece and they can only be up to 50 lbs. I am going to have to call the airline and see if car seats count. Or maybe I'll just bring those on the plane with us ... Looks like I'll be "pre-packing" early (see, my obsessive planning pays off sometimes) to see if I need a new suitcase or two.