Wendy made the drive north today. (And made it without me being aware of any incidents)
Our preparations were a combination of dad going over the van's emergency kit.
The demonstrations went something like this...
Dad: And pull that out. Do you know what it is and what it's used for?
And do you know where the first aid kit is the van?
And the spare tire?
Do you know how to use the jumper cables?
Look at the flares - do you know when to use them and how to set them? Study the directions.
Pull the flashlight out. It's a freestanding light and will come in handy if you need to change the tire in the dark.
And I put hand sanitizer in this bag. This can also be used to help ignite a fire.
Wendy: mmmhmmmm. Got it. Yep. Okay dad.
Then there was my part that went on throughout the week. It went something like this.....
Mom: And you only do what you're comfortable with - you stop when you need to. You're in charge. Not your passengers.
And make sure you have your boots. And your heavy jacket. And your mittens. And a scarf.
Go pee at the bridge. It's hard to find a place to pee after that.
And gas at the bridge. Same thing.
Allow yourself plenty of time to stop. The roads are always snow covered up there.
Drive defensively at every intersection.
The highway doesn't stop, but the trick is knowing which road is the highway.
And keep your phone charged.
And know that the snowbanks can be so tall, it's hard to see the traffic. Pull out cautiously.
And check in often.
And get gas in Baraga on the way up. It's cheaper there.
And seriously - warm jacket, hat and mittens. Seriously.
Call Auntie Sherry if you need ANYTHING.
Wendy: mmmhmmmmm. Got it. Yep. Okaaaaaaay mom.
This morning they left the house at 4:30.
They called several times along the way. It was the second time they called that we had this conversation:
Me: oh - and I'm curious. What did Wendy forget that had her back at home a half an hour after she left?
Elizabeth, laughing: She forgot her jacket