I got a message on Facebook a few months ago from my uncle asking me if I was interested in going to my Grandma’s (she lives near Yosemite) in August to celebrate his 50th birthday. I said I might be, and that we could have a double party because I turn 30 just two weeks before my uncle turns 50.
Apparently this idea took storm with my grandma, un-be-knownst to me.
I got an email from her yesterday asking me when I thought I would be coming in. To be honest, I didn’t know when my uncle would be there, so I asked her when he was planning to arrive.
She replies with something along the lines of: Well, your three uncles are showing up “then” – and the your step-dad will be here X dates – and your Dad will be here X&X – and your cousins then…. Wait… ALL my uncles? my step-dad? My Dad? My Dad isn’t even related…
And that is when I realized. This wasn’t a birthday party for me and my uncle anymore – this is a family reunion!
Now I need to get on the ball with this. My grandma has a small A-frame cabin in the middle of no where. There are 2 bedrooms and a loft. There is no way that all of us will be able to sit at the dining room table in this house. But we’ll love it because we’ll all try. =)
Apparently there is a tiny bed and breakfast down the road, so I may call and get prices. If less than $100/night I may reserve it. But considering that it is at the foothills of Yosemite in late July/early August I doubt it will be this inexpensive.
Now, normally a trip like this would send my blood pressure racing and my heart pumping a million miles per minute. But it isn’t. I’ve PLANNED for a trip in my yearly savings. Okay, so not specifically for THIS trip, but for a vacation. And I think this will be JUST the vacation I will spend the money on. I currently save $40/month towards travel. This means that I have up to $480 that I can spend. The airfare will take out about $250 of that. So getting a room at the B&B down the street will definitely be dependent on price. Hmmm… I may need to get a rental car as well. We’ll see about that.
Perhaps I should also consider just buying a tent and sleeping out side. She does live in the woods after-all. I bet my cousin would join me in that endeavor – especially if I had a blow up mattress. =)