We’ve been in Germany for almost 2 months and I’m fiiiinally getting around to talking about the craziness that was this PCS. I knew this move would be crazy but truly it was a whole new level of crazy I never knew it even existed. I swear every day it was SOMETHING and I probably could’ve written a half a dozen posts throughout the move but I’ve gotten it down to two posts – one today and the rest tomorrow!
So it all started on April 20, the day movers were supposed to show up to start packing everything. Lance was still TDY, because of course, so an amazing friend, spouse to a senior service member, volunteer to come over and help.
Except the movers didn’t come. We waited and waited and about mid-morning I called to check what was going on. And they tell me “oh we don’t need all three days allotted for packing so we aren’t coming until tomorrow”. Um, that would’ve been nice to know! But whatever, we move on and are ready to go the next day.
My thinking going into this was, they pack most stuff those two days and some stuff I was unsure about (like his 20 boxes of comic books) they could pack Monday when Lance would be there. The next day, Friday, I had a couple of additional friends come over and help with Joey and Ben during the morning but about 11 Joey was DONE and freaking out. He may or may not have walked into his room right as they packed one of his favorite super-sized stuff animals and lost it. So at this point my mom took him out to lunch.
As I start looking around more carefully I realize, wow these people are really packing quite fast. Turns out they planned on packing my whole entire house in one day. Just the one day. So out the window goes my plan and my friend and I start panicking a little because what do you mean you’re packing this whole house in one day?!
And remember those 20 boxes of comic books? Yeah, those were a pain. It took us an hour to figure out how to properly pack them so they wouldn’t be damaged and then one of the poor girls had to sit there for two hours modifying the book boxes to fit the comic books properly. Kill me.
The upside of this was, they moved the loading day to Monday and gave us the chance to clear housing early and and extra day to make it to Baltimore.
The Road Trip
Because the Army has everyone moving to Germany fly out of Baltimore/Washington International, we had the option of dropping our car for shipment either in Dallas (and then fly to BWI) or Baltimore. Because we have Pudge and Panda we decided to drive from El Paso to Baltimore, with a stop in Missouri to visit my father in law. Our reasoning came down to airlines not flying dogs if it’s over a certain temperature at departure and trying to fly out of Dallas meant it was almost a guarantee to be over that temperature.
So we cleared housing on the 26th and left El Paso that same day. The next day as we’re making our way through Oklahoma we realized Joey had an ear infection. Because of course. So we had to call Tricare and get authorization for him to see a doctor en route.
Then while we were in Missouri visiting my father in law, they had some of the worst flooding in decades. The day of the storms, we woke up to some light rain but then about mid day, it started pouring and my father in law’s front yard became a literal river. His neighbor’s driveway actually washed out from all the water. It was crazy.
So we decided to leave the next day to avoid getting stranded in Missouri if more rain came. Bad decision.
There were so many rivers and creeks flooded that they closed sections of I-44 and we ended up having to take two 2+ hours detours around the Fort Leonard Wood area. Worst driving day, ever.
Thankfully after that the drive was pretty uneventful and we made it to Baltimore about half a day earlier than we planned to. So we get to Baltimore, check into the hotel, everything good, right? Kick back, explore the area, and just relax, right?
I really wanted to write just one post for the whole PCS, but the next part, what happened in Baltimore and the fallout truly needs it very own post, coming tomorrow!