Merrell’s Vacation – Danny imitates Chevy Chase
And so it has started…the annual Merrell vacation.
Every Summer, my wife, 3 kids, and myself getaway for a week, sometimes it’s a beach, sometimes the mountains, sometimes just down the road, but every 3 years or so we head off to our favorite destination – Disney World.
But, this year, in addition to going to the home of Mickey Mouse, we decided to try out the Universal Resort for a few days.
I will include pictures and stories and advice through the rest of this week about both theme parks, but let me talk briefly about 2 hours on the road in Orlando that seemed worthy of National Lampoon fame.
We checked into the Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Saturday evening after our two day drive. It’s a beautiful facility, but instead of ordering up pricey room service I was sent to go find some take out pizza and some milk. I left the hotel at 9pm…I did not return until 11:15pm. Here the blow by blow events of that quest for food that only Chevy Chase could love and appreciate:
- Leave the hotel, drive a few minutes to International Drive
- I dead end into some sort of outlet mall which had more cars in the parking lot than all the theater debuts of Magic Mike combined. So I finally maneuver a U-turn back onto the road.
- By the way, International Drive on a Saturday night, just imagine that a Texas Ranger World Series game just got done and all cars were directed onto North Street in Nacogdoches.
- Finally, after an hour, I get a way to get out to I-4 and head East to Orlando.
- Pull into a 7-11 convenience store to get milk…as I walk out of the store, a man sitting on the sidewalk asks if I’m a bail bondsman. I say no and walk a lot quicker to my car.
- I see a sign for Little Caesar’s in the same shopping area, I pull in and get pizzas….things are looking better after an hour and twenty.
- Get back on I-4 for a couple of miles and take exit 75B…I was supposed to take 74B. Decide to do a U-turn a couple of streets down. I do U-turn just in time to see a wreck happen in front of me ( I didn’t cause it but I sure got stuck in it). Also, my phone falls under my seat so I cannot answer the phone (my family is starving) and can’t access directions.
- Got through wreck and got to frontage road which does not have an outlet to exit 74B. I drove a few more miles to the next exit and got lost.
- Pull into a dark parking lot, hoping no one comes up to ask another bail bondsman question, and get my phone and access directions.
- After one more wrong turn and U-turn, I finally arrive with the pizza….over 2 hours later.
To add insult to injury, as I finally walk through the front doors of the hotel, I see a pizza delivery car in the hotel drop off area.
From here on out, it’s room service and delivery. More updates to come.