Family vacation in the Toyota Prius-Chicago here we come!

12 Nov

This post was written to show how much we loved driving our Toyota Prius while visiting family in Chicago. #DriveToyota

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

 

Just Plane Dad and I rarely get to vacation outside of our immediate area due to crazy work schedules.  Living near the beach and world’s greatest theme park has its advantages, but a mouse can’t replace spending time with your Dad, no matter how cute he is. [actually they’re both cute!]

Imagine our surprise when Toyota offered to let us drive their 2015 Toyota Prius V for the week we were in Chicago.  It was so nice to have that part of the reservation making nightmare done for us.  Prepping for trips is not my favorite, can you tell?

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

 

Just Plane Dad’s father lives just outside the windy city in an adorable town full of the sweetest people.  We’ll even forgive the fact that they’d never heard of “sweet tea” because every last one of them is friendly and helpful.  It’s one of those towns that people grow up in and never leave.

Visiting with family is wonderful.  Just Plane Dad not only has his father living there but a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, best friends and the occasional ex-girlfriend.  [we won’t talk about that now will we?]

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

Every day was a new adventure with another family member.  Being from Chicago, you absolutely positively have to love the sports teams.  Pretty sure that a requirement of getting married 23 years ago was that I’d “convert” to Team Chicago Bears.  Heck, even our daughter shares a name with a very famous Bulls player.

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

I could care less about football but I love my hubby so it was a thrill to get to go to my very first football game.  Soldier Field is home to the Bears and their crazy ass fans.  They drive for hours to tailgate in the parking lot and cheer on their team.  They dress in fuzzy costumes and wear Ditka mustaches (hey wait, hubby and Dad both have them, just noticed) and could care less if their team has a less than stellar performance, as they did that day; they remain faithful.  GO BEARS!

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

We got to spend quality time with our Dad and he certainly enjoyed being chauffeured around in the Toyota Prius.  Considering that Dad worked most of his life in a competitor’s car plant, it was nice to see him giving some “love” to our little ride.

We were all surprised at how roomy this car is. The inside rivals cars that appear much larger on the outside.  Hubby is tall and he had plenty of leg and head room.  We didn’t have much luggage for this short trip, but the hatch space folded down was roomy enough for a large family’s belongings.

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

The hybrid vehicle gave us 48mpg and with all the driving around that we did, we about died when we realized we’d only used a half tank of gas for the whole week.  A-HALF-TANK!  I did find it a strange feeling when the gas engine decides to kick in but it wasn’t anything that would have kept me from driving it again.

I could definitely see this vehicle as the perfect ride for long trips, business people driving to and from Chicago from the ‘burbs, or even those Northwestern college kids.  It was the perfect car for our family visit.

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

 

Know what I miss the most about living in Florida now?  Besides our family, we miss those beautiful changing fall leaves.  We only have two seasons, hot and rainy.  Chicago gets to enjoy all of the splendors of Autumn.  Everywhere we went looked like a painting and the Toyota Prius in its Absolutely Red color looked stunning in the forefront.  It matched perfectly!  We were smart enough to get the heck out of there before winter hits though…who ordered the snow?

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

 

Thank you to our friends at Toyota for making this a memorable trip to Chicago!  If you’re looking for your next car, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

Family vacation in the Toyota Prius on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad #DriveToyota

 

Hovering high and low in the Midway, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

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