Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Destination: Lafayette

Our weekend roadtrip rolled along smoother than expected. Chris and I sped out of downtown Boston at about 2:45 Thursday afternoon and eeked into Lafayette, Indiana, at about 5:00 the next morning. It's been two years since we've done such a long road trip, but it was fun to talk and listen to music. The last two hours on the road felt the toughest, even after a couple energy drinks. We slept for a couple hours and for the rest of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we lounged around the house and outside, shooting targets with a pellet rifle, playing badminton and eating great food.

Chris saw a show on TV about "water witching" (also called divining) and decided to make his own rods out of old hangers. Water witching is a way to find water using a tree branch or certain types of metal to find magnetic displacement in the earth. Apparently, Chris' great-grandfather practiced this skill and would find wells for neighbors using a peach tree branch. I don't know how well it worked, but it was fun to try out. Anyway, the purpose of the trip was to deliver our old car to Katie, and Chris took her out for her first drive in the manual transmission Saturn. I stood on the driveway with Chris' parents and grandparents, all of us hoping for a good show of Katie stuttering and jolting the car, but she took off really smoothly.

On Sunday Sean and Bonny trekked to Lafayette from Indiana and spent the night with us at Chris' parents. We drove to Chicago early Monday morning as Sean had to work at 11:00. Bonny entertained by taking us to the Shedd Aquarium before our 6:00 flight from Midway. Sean and Bonny will be flying to Boston to see us in a couple weekends, so we're excited to see them again soon.


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