Today I had planned to go to the zoo with Katie and LeeAnn and the boys. (funny… only little boys among us three moms!) It kept nagging at me that I really shouldn’t go… the zoo prices are jacked up ($12 for adults, $10 for kids 2 and up!) along with the fact that all three decent zoos are about an hour away (in three different directions). I told myself… just go. Go and have fun.
Well, then I saw the weather report and it called for rain today and that kind of sealed the deal. I figured gas would be about $24 to get there and back, along with the $22 to get into the zoo… then lunch… etc etc. A single little trip to the zoo was going to be costing close to $50! I wasn’t too excited at the thought of spending all that money and possibly getting rained on.
So, I flaked out on everyone and decided not to go. Since the weather was chilly (a high of, oh, 60* today) and it looked like it was going to storm all day, I suggested the Chelsea Treehouse instead, as its cheaper and a bit closer than the zoo. LeeAnn and I went and stayed from about 11 to 2. The boys had a great time, although they were super tired without naps. Lukas had a meltdown on the way home and Porter was quite naughty this evening. Needless to say, he went to bed at 7pm on the dot.
Anyhow.. my title. Gas prices suck. I hate that they are now determining what “fun” activities we do. I hate that anywhere I drive, I am weighing how much it will cost me in gas and if the trip is really worth it. I hate that the costs of everything is inflated…. food, zoo admission, camping reservations etc etc. Speaking of camping… we’re only going once this summer which bums me out. But, campsites have gone up to $35+/night! I mean… really, we could stay in the Super 8 for that much and have a hot shower right in our room. Its sad that this once “cheap, quick family getaway” is now getting more and more expensive. Throw on top of that the $4.19/gallon gas prices (yep, that’s what I paid today!), who can even afford to go camp?!
Questions for you (because I’m attempting to be a little bit more engaging of a blogger)…
(1) Has the increased cost of gas affected your willingness to hop in the car and drive to unnecessary places? I used to not think twice about driving out of town to shop, or even just going to Target once a day to kill some time. Not so much anymore. Right now, where we’re staying (with my mom), I figure a trip to Target costs me about $8 in gas!
(2) Has your family trimmed down on driving vacations/trips this summer because of gas prices?
(3) Camping (for you campers out there)…. what is the price of campsites where you are (campsites that have bathroom facilities and electricity hookup on the sites)? Do you still have the same fondness for camping now that it isn’t such a “cheap” weekend getaway- I mean, do you mind paying an equivalent to a cheap motel room to pretend like you’re a homeless person for the weekend (aka camp HAHA)?