BLANDFORD — I spent a couple of nights trying to plot out the perfect trip. I’d been traveling all over the country for my second job, a Travel Channel show (“Edge of America”) premiering this month. My wife, taking care of the kids and everything many weekends, deserved a break. I also selfishly just missed Carlene and thought it would be nice to get away without the kids.
Finding somebody to watch Lila and Cal wasn’t hard. Finding a good two-day trip in my tiny available window — the days leading up to New Year’s Eve — was another story. New Orleans, New York, and Miami were possibilities, though hotels had jacked up their rates and I didn’t want to spend most of our time in transit.