What do you do when winter has wore out it’s welcome in Michigan? You have a weekend getaway to sunny Florida! Yep that’s what we did, we road tripped to Florida for the weekend as a surprise for our parents, we didn’t tell anyone about the trip. Hubby’s mom lives in the middle of the state and my mom lives in the southern portion.
We had the trip planned to get up bright and early on a Wednesday morning and drive straight through to Florida, but plans changed. I woke up at 11:30pm Tuesday night with the flu, the vomiting and diarrhea type of flu and two hours later hubby also came down with it. Let’s just say we were thankful for having multiple bathrooms in our home. The symptoms lasted for 12 hours and then we got a high fever and horrible headache for 12 hours.
The truck was already load for the trip but there was no way we could travel in those conditions. I said to my husband I’m so glad we didn’t leave earlier in the day only to be stuck in a hotel with the flu, and the worst part about it would be hotel toilet paper (or sandpaper as we call it). We did get a good laugh out of that. On Thursday morning we woke up, I looked at hubby and said how do you feel, he said not to bad so we hopped into the shower and hit the road. Hubby started out driving but after about 2.5 hours he didn’t look so good so I took over. We traded off drivers every three house so the other person could sleep and recover. Finally at midnight we pulled into the town hubby’s mom lives in and grabbed a hotel.
We were back up early Friday morning and I grabbed a rental car and drove 3 hours south to my moms place. Just as I was pulling into the driveway she was coming out of her house getting in her car. I started waving, and she gave me a wave like who the heck is that. I started thinking maybe my surprise attack wasn’t such a good idea. I had to get out of the car before she realized who I was, and then her jaw hit the ground, I cried and we hugged so glad to see one another.
It was definitely a speedy, whirlwind of a trip but I did get a chance to visit with family, get to the beach, and enjoy the Florida sunshine. On Monday afternoon I headed back north, dropped off the rental car, hopped into hubby’s truck and headed back to Michigan. I never fully recovered from the flu the whole trip but it was so nice to enjoy family and not have to put on boots and a winter coat to venture outside. We are toying with the idea of spending a month in Florida next winter. My mom and stepdad spend a month at the cabin every summer, so we may just do the same with them in Florida.