On Friday the 17th, I left work at 2:45 to beat the big long car line of parents picking up their kids. I picked up only Spark at daycare. In fact, I had to have the assistant director go out to the playground to get her because Sprocket and Spark's play areas outside share a fence...and Sprocket would have lost his mind if I only picked up his sister!
I loaded her in the car and headed towards the airport. My plan was to take the interstate to the tollway to a backroad to get there. I hate paying for the tollway, but really wanted to skip the high traffic route. "Backroad" is a bit of an overstatement. It is a major road, but the exit off the tollway is past the busier part of the road.
Anyway, I managed to miss the exit and thought I would just catch the next major road. Well, that road ended up coming to an unexpected T intersection. I didn't want to pull over to check my maps, so I just kept going. Soon I realized I was definitely not on the right track. Spark realized this, too. She was starting to fuss and I was worried about staying on track to make our flight.
I pulled over and quickly realized that I had driven way out of my way, but, luckily, could catch a connecting road to get back on track. However, this road ended up being about 2 miles of gravel.
|This is not the gravel road I drove on. BUT, I didn't take a pic...so, enjoy the dramatic reenactment.|
Leave it to me to manage to take an interstate, a tollway, **and** a gravel road to the airport.
We finally made it to the parking lot and got on the shuttle to the airport. Spark pointed at cars out the window and shrieked happily, while I pondered why I find no issue just holding her in my lap while careening down the highway in a bus with a complete stranger driving. I quickly shook off my concerns and held squishy baby a little tighter...until she tried to point at my face and poked me in the eye.
We got the airport and got checked in. We were right on track to catch our flight...until things got a little crazy getting through security. More on that next time.