tomorrow my family and i head to the great unknown (for us) of montana. it’s actually a bit odd that we’re spending 8 days in montana, since it’s one of the three states in the union i’ve never been to. we own a time share, and often try to trade it for a place elsewhere (in fact, we’ve never stayed a full week at our own place, which is here in san diego). about a month ago, we realized we were about to lose a week we’d “banked” at rci (the exchange company), and thought we might as well take a bit of a holiday during the kids’ spring break. so i called rci and tried to find a place in driving distance: cali, nevada, arizona, new mexico. nothing. they found us a place in colorado, and it wasn’t a nice resort (our place is nice, and i bugs me to trade down).
i said to the nice rci lady, “look, i’m not sure what to tell you. you need me to specify a part of the country to search. we don’t really care where we go, as long as we can get a ‘gold crown resort’ (the top level), a good-sized two-bedroom condo, and in one of these two weeks.” she said, “that’s no problem, sir [click, click, click, tap, tap, tap] — how’s montana?”
so montana it is. and, needless to say, we’re not driving. i had to use a major wad of air miles to get free tix on united for all of us, flying into (surely) beautiful missoula, montana. the resort is just outside the entrance to glacier national park. we have a snowmobile tour booked for saturday afternoon.
but that starts tomorrow (we fly in the afternoon tomorrow). which means today is… THE DAY BEFORE FAMILY TRAVEL. i’m just glad i get to go to work today, because THE DAY BEFORE FAMILY TRAVEL is never a fun day in the oestreicher house. packing, lists, animal care instructions for the house-sitter, last-minute shopping runs, finishing projects that are unrelated to travel but can’t be left half-finished. we’ll likely be up insanely late tonight. all because it’s THE DAY BEFORE FAMILY TRAVEL.