In nine hours my journey to the greater Wausau area begins.
There were years where we started counting down the days until camping in February. I can remember marking the countdown on my calendar when it was 100 or more days away. As much as I look forward to this weekend, there’s no countdown these days. Part of that reason is that the camping trip is no longer an event, and a few of our regulars/semi-regulars from 10 years ago are ghosts when it comes to Memorial Day weekend.
Times change, people change, so it’s no surprise it has come to this, but part of me wishes that we could recapture the magic of 1998 or 2000. Magic 8-Ball says: Don’t count on it.
Things I purchased today for this weekend’s trip:
• dollar store glow bracelets and necklaces for me and the kids
• Italian sausage links from the grocer’s smokehouse
• hand sanitizer
• one liter of generic spiced rum, distilled in Minnesota
• seven-pound can of butterscotch pudding
Time to finish packing.