A few weeks ago my sister Linda, her hubby Bob, his sister Lorraine and her hubby Jerry decided to take a trip from Edison, New Jersey to Leesville, Louisiana. Rather than use any of their cars, they decided to rent a vehicle and put the mileage on it. The main intention was to visit Little G who happens to be Lorraine and Jerry’s son and daughter-in-law Jessica who are both in the Army and expecting a baby boy any day now.
Since it was not plausible for me to tag along, I decided to tag along on the internet. This way I did not have to be cramped in the back seat of a Honda Civic for innumerable hours seeing the same tree over and over again and then having to be removed from the back seat with the Jaws of Life. I have not seen Little G since the last time he came to visit and since our families are so close, I consider him my nephew too.
So I got on Google Maps and followed them on the journey. It was fun as we text messaged or spoke to each other as they were on their way. They did have a GPS, but I had more fun being their tour guide as they rode along on highways that I have never been on. Each day they would start out letting me know where they were and I would chart the route on Google Maps. I’d tell them how far it was to the next town and one time they took a detour and I told them they were going the wrong way. I even gave them a journal, but they wrote about ten words in it. Had I been there, I’d be writing from the time I left as long as I didn’t have to take a turn behind the wheel.
So they made it to Leesville, Louisiana and did not immediately find Little G. Mind you, Little G is a soldier and built like a truck, but we have always called him that, so why stop now? He was on twenty-four hour duty the first day they got there so they went to the hotel and got some much needed rest before seeing them the next day. So much for surprising them with a visit and driving over fourteen hundred miles to get there!