First thing to understand is that music is an essential part of such a trek. I don't know how we made trips like this before iPods, but loading an iPod with good playlists is vital. On my iPod there is a playlist made especially for these trips, and it has been built gradually over the last five years or so. (Believe it or not, it ranges from classics like You're So Vain all the way up to recent songs like Drake's Find Your Love.) Or sometimes we switch to one of the girls' iPods. (Gotta give Brooke at least a small Bieber fix.) At times we just listen, and at times we're belting out lyrics at the top of our lungs. Fun! Of course, at times they're sleeping and I'm driving -- that's usually coming home.
This trip, being so long, featured alot of good memories. There was our traditional stop at an Outback Steakhouse on Friday night. (Don't judge. We've been doing this since our first trip to Oklahoma in 2002, and we love our cheese fries and steak.)
|2002 - Haley, Macy and me in Oklahoma. Yes, I wore jorts.|
Of course, the most fun was game day. I love road games, and not just because I get to travel with the fam. I love seeing the atmosphere other college campuses and stadiums; I love being outnumbered and trying to overcome that. It's all great. And this was a big time atmosphere, probably the biggest game ever on their campus.
|Stadium filling up during warmups - electric|
|24-20 Bama...we're pretty happy. RTR!|
Yes, it was a long drive home yesterday. You know it's a long trip when you begin talking about partial derivatives at the Alabama state line. (Yes, "that just happened!") But SO worth it! Making memories with family and friends is such a cool part of life (and something I believe will be part us forever); Alabama football is the icing on the cake. Next road trip in two weeks, and I can't wait. Roll Tide!