YELLOWSTONE SAGA CONTINUED: You might remember Dad cancelled his participation in the Yellowstone trip. He wanted to go to London with my sister Marie. This was painful. You can read about how I confronted my folks about it here.
We worried that Yellowstone wouldn't let us use the ADA cabin without my gimp of a dad. I imagined a guy like John Candy in National Lampoon's Vacation: SORRY FOLKS, BUT THE MOOSE SHOULDA TOLD YA OUT FRONT, THIS CABIN IS ONLY FOR GIMPS. NO LIMP, NO CABIN.
THEN the pandemic struck and our reservations were cancelled by the park. SERIOUSLY? AFTER ALL THE DRAMA WITH MY FOLKS?! . . . Well the talk with my folks was long overdue.
Still, say it with me: TIMING.
And of course, the London to Paris trip Dad and Marie were going to do was cancelled.Video clip of Curly in Yellowstone 2010 at age 2.5 yrs cheering me on after carrying her up a mountain.
Yellowstone shouted out to people whose 2020 reservations were cancelled. We got first dibs on reservations for 2021 summer. The catch? They became available in the middle of the night.
Sleep is so over-rated (a thought process I DO NOT endorse). I woke up at 2:00 am or something ungodly. Yellowstone's server couldn't handle the response, so an hour or two later after my finger almost fell off from hitting refresh a ga-billion times I FINALLY got a reservation. I needed more than one cabin - so I pressed on.
In the end, I reserved three cabins for a full 2 weeks. July 15-30th (loosely because I'm too lazy to go look at my calendar). One is a ROUGH RIDER with three full size beds. Can anyone say 'WELCOME TEENAGERS'? The other two cabins have beds and bathrooms. Score. We won't go for a full two weeks, but we can whittle away the dates once we know what the kids have on their schedules.
See that, I thought things out. I planned. I consulted a calendar. I considered EVERYTHING. Or did I?
Oh, and maybe this is obvious . . . but we aren't inviting Dad. Might bring a couple cousins though. We can pack people into those Rough Riders.
SO, GUESS WHAT? A few months ago, the people who rule my life aka the people who run Irish dancing decided to move the World Championships that ALWAYS happen Easter week to July 25-Aug 2.
Of course they fucking did.
There is a chance that they will just end up canceling all together, because pandemic. They will decide in March. So, that's fun. I like to live on the edge.
*lays on the floor, kicking and screaming, NO I REALLY DO NOT LIKE TO LIVE ON THE EDGE. I'M A PLANNER DAMN IT. I WANT TO KNOW SHIT. LIKE WHAT WE'RE DOING TRAVEL WISE IN UNDER 6 MONTHS. Gets up slowly, wipes faces with a damp cloth and tries to breathe.
One of my favorite videos of Curly. While in Yellowstone, Curly's reaction after seeing a bear.
The bonus is that we do have 2 weeks in Yellowstone reserved, so we can opt to use the earlier week of the reservation but that would mean we'd have to race back home so Curly and I could hop on a plane to Dublin. When would I do laundry? Groceries? When would Curly practice dancing? Duh.
The reason I chose mid-July to the end of July for Yellowstone? Because National championships are scheduled every year over the 4th of July. This year it's in Arizona. Yes, AZ in July. Sound refreshing? (Last year's Nashville Nationals was cancelled). I wanted to give us time to do the AZ competition before getting geared up for Yellowstone.
So, my summer might look like this (NOTE: not one day in here to squeeze in time to lounge at the pool):
1. JULY 1: Curly and I fly to Arizona where she dances in National championships, flying home the minute she's done. No dates assigned to her age group yet, which is cool. Everything's fine.
2. JULY 13th: We drive to Yellowstone in time to check in on July 15th. Enjoy the outdoors. Take amazing photos. Bears wander by constantly, providing us with a plethora of photo opportunities that will turn Dad green with envy.
3. JULY 21st: We drive home like the wind.
4. JULY 23rd: Curly and I fly to Dublin (tentative: we have no idea yet what day she dances)
5. AUGUST 5th: We return from Dublin (tentative).
*No set dancing schedule yet, so Curly might dance in Dublin which will blow this plan out of the water or she might dance the last day, which will make things more manageable - but I'm absent longer. Her teacher says the older girls usually dance last, so not likely to be Curly.
REGARDLESS: I DON'T THINK IT MAKES SENSE FOR US, OR ME, TO TRAVEL ALL FLIPPING SUMMER, OR AT THE VERY LEAST FOR 4-6 WEEKS CONSECURTIVELY. SINCE WHEN AM I A LADY OF LEISURE? *reminder: pack bonbons if the lady of leisure thing pans out.
NORMAL: I do want things to return to normal, but careful what I wish for here. If things go back to normal, then Yellowstone. FINALLY. But if 'normal', then is World Champs happening too? I do hate for Curly to miss another year of competition.
If you were a betting person, what would you bet on? Dublin World's being cancelled? Me being mauled by a bear? Curly quitting dancing before any of this becomes a reality? Me losing my mind before any of this becomes a reality? Arizona Nationals being cancelled? Yellowstone being cancelled? - this would equate to me losing my mind, in case that impacts your vote.
You can only vote once. Please feel free to share your messed up schedule issues. I've been thinking about posting about this nightmare for weeks now, but I knew typing it would raise my blood pressure. Comments
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