Last weekend, I went on a trip to Michigan with a group of some of my newest and closest friends. I was beyond excited for the trip, so excited in fact that upon arriving in Indianapolis, I didn’t fall asleep until almost 2 a.m. Keep in mind, we were scheduled to leave at 7 a.m. the next morning, so to say I was going to regret that later would be an understatement.
After loading up the cars with a wide variety of road trip snacks (you know, super nutritious things like soda, jerky, chips and energy drinks), we set out for our destination. The trip itself was fine, with Eric and I having a lot of good talks regarding shows, video games, music and the meaning of life itself while Beth, Jacob and James did their own thing in the other car.
Everything was going great on the trip...until we stopped for a late lunch, that is.
The original plan had been to get something quick, get on the lake for some kayaking, then checking into a rented Airbnb house for the weekend. However, the plan was practically destroyed from the start, as lunch took longer than expected for the food to come out, causing us to miss our chance to kayak. After a quick scramble, we arrived at the house we planned to rent and waited on the host to let us in. And we waited. And we waited. And we waited a little bit more. After an hour and a half, our reservation was canceled and we managed to get into a small hotel room for the five of us.
After spending a while fuming, we all busted out some cards and managed to get back into the right state of mind by just having some fun and relaxing. Things started to look like they were going back to plan until the next day.
While spending some time at a historic fort, the weather took a sudden turn for the worst and a storm quickly blew in. The original plan had been to spend all of Sunday on Mackinac Island, but with the storm we were again forced indoors. A quick check of the weather for the rest of the day revealed that, almost as though it was an act of God to ruin the trip, the storm was centered right on the island itself.
Due to being unable to have the fancy dinner we had planned on, we ended up getting a local pizza place, which again, decided to be a bad idea, as it didn’t set well with two of us. Following dinner and a few more games of cards, we simply settled in and watched a movie as a group.
The last day of the trip, we managed to get absolutely gorgeous weather. The sun was shining, it was cool and we decided to just go to the island instead of leaving right away. I have to admit, it was an absolutely amazing time while there.
From my description, it sounds like a pretty lousy trip, right? However, it truly wasn’t. Upon some reflection, I got to spend a weekend in a place I had never been to with a great group of friends. I didn’t care about all of the things that went wrong. Sure, it’s easy to complain about all of the issues, but I want to take the time to keep a positive mindset. I still managed to enjoy myself, all things considered, and I would happily have a lot go wrong with those individuals any day of the week.
Andrew is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-847-4487, or followed on Twitter @christmangcdw.