Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
by, July 4th, 2008 at 10:37 AM (521 Views)
We are coming up to the date of our arrival in Florida and we all have decided to take different routes for our journey.
I am heartbroken to say that my dogs are in the process of finding new homes. I am hoping that they will be temporary and that I can one day find myself reunited with them, but the families they are staying with have children and I know how children can easily find themselves attached to a dog, even for a little while. As much as I tried to fit them in my budget and accommodations, I couldn't. We are going to be staying with my grandmother for a bit and she does not allow dogs. I tried to secure a place down there before that would allow the dogs and yet, could not find such a place. Plus the traveling, the airport in Atlantic City does not allow pets unless they are carry on and can fit caged under your seat. In order for my dogs to fit like that, well, they would need to be in pieces I think.
The airport in Philly allows pets but I need to purchase cages that are up to their standards and each dog itself costs almost $300.00 just to fly. Sadly, that doesn't work in our budget either. The last option we looked at really was driving. My original plan was to drive down anyways with Jakob and his father. I wanted to keep my car and thought that was the way to go. I thought it would be exciting to take our time to go through each state but as we discussed price and places to stay, it easily was becoming much more of a hassle then we had hoped.
I started worrying about the drive down there. I hate driving, it makes me incredibly nervous. Jakob's father has really fried my nerves. We were in two accidents and I've witnessed many. His driving literally gives me panic attacks. I should probably see someone about this problem, since it has turned into not only being that way when he drives but I get that way when anyone is driving. I just do not like being in the car anymore.
So one of my uncles made the joke that I should look into taking a train since that was my only other option. I kind of laughed it off, I have never been on a train or a plane and certainly didn't plan on anything other then attempting to avoid highways all the way down to Florida.
As I was laying in bed a few nights ago, I found myself thinking about the train. I decided to do some research about train trips and found the Auto Train best suites us all the way around. I was a little shocked when I realized how much easier this was going to be with Jakob then the actual road trip itself.
The train leaves the station a little after 4pm and we arrive in Florida at 9:30 the next morning. We are taking the Auto Train, which allows us to board our car up for an additional price. The only downside is that the Auto Train is located in Lorton, Va so we do have to do a bit of driving through Washington D.C. to get there. We decided to head up on Sunday in an attempt to avoid traffic and stay at a hotel overnight. I think that maybe I can find something interesting for Jakob to do there during the day so that he can be worn out when we board for the night. I had a bad feeling that if we sat in the car all day on Monday and got down there, he would be so wound up and excited that it would be disastrous.
Lately, I've just been busy packing all my shit up and trying to figure out what to take and what can be donated. I am looking forward to this adventure and hope to take many pictures while on the way down.
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