Hi there, I'm Kait!
Recently finished my student teaching in Detroit Public Schools. I will be teaching fourth grade at a PBL school in the fall!
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I don’t remember how I first found it, but I use the website Roadside America to plan all of my road trips. Once my friends and I know where we’re going, I look at the route we’re taking and use the maps on the site to find places of interest along the way. Normally, we don’t go more than five minutes out of the way unless it’s something we’re really interested in (such as Rock City) and we typically use the stops to get food, use the restroom, and switch drivers as well. I try to space the stops out so we always have something more immediate to look forward to besides the final destination, which I think really makes long rides more exciting.
Locating these places is often an adventure in itself when they are off the beaten path. Some great stories have come from us trying to find places or interacting with the people who work in their vicinity.
I will ALWAYS overpack for vacations, especially short ones. There are so many factors, like not knowing the exact weather or types of activities that I might be doing, whether it’s an impromptu hike or night out.
Add this to the fact that I am currently packing for a trip that involves going to the Mall of America, where there is no sales tax on clothes…and my overpacking seems even more ridiculous.
I am really having trouble getting time off work without feeling guilty, not to mention the gas and time it takes to drive the three and a half hours down there. I am so excited and glad my colleagues want to include me in everything, but this is already taking a toll.
I can’t wait to move there in two months and not have to worry about this anymore.