The road trip to Washington to scatter the ashes of my dad and his brother and sister was one I don't think we'll ever attempt again. Despite renting a minivan so that we could be sure of reliable transportation and so that my kids would have adequate elbow room and to minimize the arguing and complaining, and despite having my mom's car available to offload one of the kids, it was a very long, very tiring trip. Given the time that we had (2 weeks) I don't know if we could have done it any differently, though. Besides hiking to the waterfall where we said our good-byes to the relatives, we took time to go into Canada for 4 days, took a ferry to Vancouver Island, went to an aquarium, sampled gelato at a shop that has over 500 flavors and guarantees 218 to be always available, drove out to the Mt. St. Helens volcano, visited the Seattle Space Needle and the Pike's Place area downtown, and stopped to visit two CD Board friends and an old family friend of my mom's. husband was driven mad by my mom's insistence on driving several mph below the speed limit (if it was 70, she drove 63) to conserve her gas. Most mornings we were on the road by 8 or 9am (I'm sure my mom would have preferred to leave earlier, but with teenagers and a husband like mine, that's about the best we could do for her). And while he never specified anything HE wanted to do, claiming ignorance of what his options were (and therefore lacking the ability to figure that out for himself or ASK) he sure made it clear that he wasn't enjoying the trip very much and somewhat resentful of having to use all his vacation time for this trip. He did manage to squeeze in four or five trips to casinos (I went once with him) either late at night after we'd stopped for the day, or while I was visiting with people (I guess he's not interested in meeting new people -- or maybe he's afraid they know too much about him, LOL). Needless to say, I am glad to be home and getting back into a routine, which I think most of the people in my house need, especially husband. It was good to be there for my mom and help her with this final task for my dad. And it was great to see so much beautiful country, different cultures and people.