You might be thinking by the title of this post, that I’m talking about the craziness of Saturdays in general. But actually, this is about the craziness that occurred this past Saturday. What an adventure it was!
I stayed over at my parents place Friday night, because I knew I’d have an early start on Saturday morning (alarm at 7, ugh!). First up was getting my youngest sister ready for her First Reconciliation (I was on hair duty), and then the middle sister ready for her last basketball game of the season. Once that was done, it was off to the respective events with my coffee that I wished was bottomless!
After the morning’s festivities had ended, the fam and I headed out to brunch and then back to my parents house to get changed, pack my sisters bags and hit the road. I had promised them a trip over to Universal for quite some time, and Mardi Gras seemed like the perfect time to do it!
I was thinking that since it was the middle of the day there wouldn’t be any traffic. BOY WAS I WRONG. Unfortunately I-4 is the only quick way to Orlando from the Tampa/St. Pete area, so we got stuck 4-5 times in almost stand-still traffic, the worst of which happening in the Plant City area, due to Strawberry Festival traffic. Two and a half hours later, we finally arrived!
We were so relieved to have finally made it and couldn’t wait to get in the park to meet my friend Jazmyne. With big smiles on our faces we made our way to the turnstiles and both my sisters’ tickets were rejected. Apparently their passes weren’t on auto-renew like we thought and had expired about a month ago. So off to the guest services line we went. Fortunately it wasn’t too long, like other days we had experienced, and the renew was fairly painless.
The next few hours at the park were a lot of fun. Sure there were some lines as expected, but we got tons of beads at the Mardi Gras parade, went on a few rides, and mainly hung out in all the Harry Potter areas. ALL GOOD THINGS!
After all of the fun, we hopped in our cars and started on the journey home. I was about 3/4 of the way back, my sisters conked out in the backseat, when I got a call from Jazmyne. She was about 10 exits behind us and had gotten off the highway to get gas and following the instructions of her phone’s GPS, ended up at a gas station 5+ miles off the exit, in the middle of nowhere, her car shaking and then completely shutting off. The kicker? The gas station was closed and there were no lights for miles around. Obviously I wasn’t going to leave my best friend in the middle of The Hills Have Eyes-land, so she pinned her location and sent it, and we turned around to come to the rescue.
She was NOT kidding when she said she was in the middle of nowhere! As I followed the map directions to the location she sent, it was the epitome of Creepyville. Jazmyne hopped in the car and my sisters woke from their naps, getting a kick out of the mayhem of us trying to find a gas station or any kind of sign of life in the area. Finally, we found one!! Filled up a gas canister to go (I didn’t realize they only hold one gallon), and trekked back to her car in the middle of nowhere. Thank god for technology navigating us.. even though it was also the problem in the first place! Trying to figure out how to actually use the to-go canister was another adventure in itself, but we successfully figured it out and revived her car and all eventually made it home (2+ hours later).
I don’t have pictures of this part of the evening because 1) it was pitch black and 2) we were in the middle of nowhere so there wasn’t anything to see! But needless to say, it was a CRAZY Saturday.
How was your weekend?