All along the way we kept a laptop with us and tracked all sorts of crazy stuff: our mileage (avg of 27.59 mpg), a SUPER detailed spreadsheet of our budget (we did the trip in 11 weeks for $6,476.88), total runs scored (129 for visiting teams, 130 for home teams), game times (shortest: 2:12, longest: 4:21 and average: 2:58), and lots of other ridiculous things. But another thing we kept track of? All the roads we took
We used a large map book to guide us most of the time - both of us wanted to avoid using GPS as much as possible, though we did tend to use it when we got into cities to help us a bit more. While we used a map book to guide us, I kept a folding map with me at all times and drew a line on all the roads we took so we could remember exactly where we went. And that map has been sitting here
Yup, in the very special place sitting on the floor.
I had always intended on framing the map and hanging it up, but for some reason we'd never gotten around to it. Despite building frames for all of our national park posters and movie posters. Framing this one would be more involved though because the artwork is a map so it's much larger and we wanted to get it matted. When we moved into the house I had a wall in the hallway where I thought it would be perfect. I thought that might finally motivate us to get it framed, but it didn't. Again :)
But now that we're motoring along on the hallway I finally got motivated. Only, I didn't want to do the work myself. Shocker! We've been so busy and getting so much done that I thought it would be nice to alleviate some of the burden by paying to get this framed. I didn't want to add another project to our to do list and I thought it would be a nice surprise for Chris. If I told Chris I was going to pay to get it framed he would be horrified, but I didn't want to give us another thing to do.
So one day while he was at work I took the map to Michael's and put in the order. I was appalled at how much it cost ($265 with the "50% off" coupon and using a "cheaper" frame. Gulp.), but resolved that we've saved a ton of money framing a crap ton of things ourselves, so it was okay just this once to splurge. 2 1/2 weeks later I arrived home with a very large surprise for Chris. I had been able to keep it a secret (which I was very proud of myself about) and so when I walked into the house with a huge rectangular object wrapped in brown paper he wondered what the hell I was carrying. I unwrapped it full of excitement
Ta da! He was very surprised :) And I was thrilled with how it turned out. Sure, I spent too much money, but sometimes it's nice to just give yourself a break. And a treat.
I can't wait to see how it'll look hung up on this wall
It feels really nice to be at a place where we can hang things on the walls in here. And it feels even nicer to have finally given this great map a proper home in a beautiful frame. Only 7 years after the fact... :) At least I finally got to it though, right?