The Planning Session

Trip Start May 13, 2010
Trip End May 16, 2010

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The majority held that we'd bitten off more than we could chew. Minneapolis to Yellowstone is a 1,030 mile trip, the last few hours of which track through still-snowy switchback mountain roads littered with fallen rocks and bison. (The bison have rarely fallen, but I'm to understand it does happen.)

The call of the open road is bound to inspire optimism, though. Our ill-conceived plans and James's appearance at the planning session in an adult onesie with sock monkey feet lent an air of reckless invincibility to the plot. Consciously ignoring the pratfalls of Groupthink, we convinced ourselves to drive all night and make a toast to the doubters with a morning beer in view of Old Faithful. Huzzah!

The Goal

To experience the wonders of Yellowstone National Park in two days, sandwiched between 1,000 mile drives; losing only one precious vacation day and still stopping for beer and burgers at a favored greasy spoon on a far-off surface road.

The Equipment

- Four persons (one each: James, Julie, Karen and John)
- One Nissan Altima (rented)
- Four backpacks (I can't help but call out Julie for bringing what appeared to be a roller carry-on)
- Two pillows
- Two coolers (one each: booze, food)
- Seventeen iPods and various cords, plugs and flux capacitors

The Itinerary

Leave Thursday after work, drive through the night to Yellowstone. Friday night in the park; leave at dusk Saturday and in with our heads comfortably on our own pillows by 11pm Sunday (it's a school night).

Would we see bears? Would the rental agency catch on that unregistered drivers piloted the car at 100 mph through the Western Dakotas? Would James pose for pictures squatting over the poop of various animals, pretending it was his own? Would we get through all the booze in Cooler #1? Stay tuned!
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James Megivern on

I love how you worked in the adult onsie and the poop!! Great write-up! Can't wait for the next installment.

James again on

& flux capacitors!

The Aforementioned Julie on

I would like to state that while my bag indeed had wheels, which is one of man's greater inventions, it also converts to a backpack. I know you were jealous of my superior baggage capabilities, so I'll put "roller suitcase that converts to backpack" on my birthday list for you.

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