Every three years, Wife's family has a reunion. She has 5 brothers and sisters. Half live in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area so there is a tendency to hold them there. However, this year it was in northern Minnesota, an area not really all that far from Duluth. What this meant was around 21-22 hours of driving. The younger versions of de-I and Wife would have done this easily in two days but we are finding that driving more than 10 hours is a real demand on our systems now. In addition to get to there from Albuquerque requires a lot of driving through non-interstate road countryside as the general direction is diagonal but the interstates go square. Actually the country roads are mostly deserted and you can go easily 75 mph on them. In fact they are less stressful often than the interstates. However, there is a problem in finding places conveniently on the route where you can spend the night. So it was three days of driving in each way for five days at the reunion itself.
Then of course the weather was mostly lousy with rain and cold so not terribly conducive to getting out and doing things. Added to that, doing this immediately after our big get together of Goths your basically hermetic author was in need of lots of time to be alone.
Nonetheless it was nice to see everyone again and there were some younger generation people I hadn't seen for a while and it was good to reacquaint with them. We ate and drank way too much. We're on our way back now. One more drive from Denver to Albuquerque to go...so I can get on a plane Monday and go to Chicago for some work.