Family travel can sometimes be stressful and not necessarily because of any of the travel involved. Gathering the kids and putting them in the car or on the plane has its challenges, but sometimes convincing the wife to pack up and stay a week in a place she loathes is far more challenging.
I swear, every time we’ve had to go from Salt Lake City to my hometown of Vernal, a marital fight breaks out. Last time we were in Utah visiting family, the marital fight happened as we were packing to leave Salt Lake to head to Vernal. We had everything packed up and ready to go when Casey finally snapped. I don’t remember what caused her to snap, but she snapped.
The tension on our three hour trip to Vernal was pretty thick and it lasted well into that first day in Vernal.
I’d like to say that that last trip to Vernal was the last marital fight we’ve had about our trips to Vernal, but that wouldn’t be true. We’ve had several since that day. They usually have a pattern. Casey usually makes a negative remark about Vernal, either about the weather or the amount of camouflage that seems to be worn around the town. Which I will admit are legitimate things to complain about because every time I end up in Vernal I’m shocked at how many people choose camouflage as a fashion choice. But in my mind those comments are more about having to stay in a town where Casey doesn’t know anybody.
Who knows if that’s really what Casey’s complaining about. Ultimately, she should be a little sad about having to stay a week in a foreign town with foreign people when she could be staying with her family in a city filled with her friends with lots more to do. And I have the same complaints when we stay in Salt Lake.
I’d like to say we found some kind of solution on this latest trip, but that would be a lie. And I highly doubt we’ll ever find a solution. And that’s probably okay because it means that we both still enjoy visiting our families and are willing to fight for the opportunity to do so. After all, those opportunities are getting rarer and rarer.
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